I recently picked up a set of TigglyMath toys (formerly Tiggly Count) and have been having great fun playing around with them at home with my kids. These incredibly robust and surprisingly cheap digitals toys allow students to interact with the iPad in a really unique way. The five toys represent the numbers 1-5 and are designed such that the the iPad can recognise which is being placed on the screen.
Here's a little preview in case you haven't seen them before -
There are three apps that work with the toys and I really like the fact that they are diverse in the way that they harness them. The apps are:
The simplest of the three and definitely one that even pre-schololers can handle independently. Free choice of one of the toys leads to a counting of the markers that it leaves on the screen and then a fun little "cardboard" animation. Very engaging and fun!
A little early learning gamification in action! Players use the toys to build bridges of the correct length and more as they guide the colourful character on his adventure. This one is more complex and involves using multiple toys to add to the required target numbers. a great introduction to number lines and the concept of adding on.
In my opinion, this is the best of the three (my 4 year old would back me up on this too!) Help the chef choose the correct amounts of each ingredient by using the toys to select them on screen. What I really like about this one is that it develops in difficulty steadily - from simple amounts (ie less than 5 and therefore only needing one toy) to bigger quantities. You also have to start identifying the actual ingredients by swiping through a range. The fact that you can build your own recipes is another awesome touch!
Overall Tiggly Math is a great choice for early years classrooms or for educators working with SEN kids - I'll definitely be looking to get more sets in for use in the new school year. I'm also looking forwards to getting my hands on the other Tiggly sets too. The shapes one contains four shapes that can be used with a different set of apps whilst the words set contains the five vowels and develops early phoincs and spelling as well as letter recognition.
Find out more about all of these amazing digital toys on the Tiggly website.