Tiggly Addventure: Number Line & Math Learning Game for Preschool

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Hybrid game uses toys or fingers for counting.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the counting sequence one to ten and become familiar with number lines and basic addition. Seeing the counting sequence in a variety of forms will help kids grasp it fully. They'll count numbers left to right along a horizontal line and then bottom to top on a vertical line. As they advance through the activities, they'll have to skip numbers, learning that they need to add two to one to get to three, for example. With Tiggly Addventure: Number Line & Math Learning Game for Preschool, kids can begin to develop a foundation in number sense or how numbers relate to each other.

Ease of Play

With no in-app help or instruction, kids must figure out how to get past the red X on their own, which requires using the toy counters or multiple fingers. App is totally playable without the counters.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tiggly Addventure: Number Line & Math Learning Game for Preschool can be played as a hybrid app with the Tiggly Count toys or simply using fingers as counters. The toys can be used with the other Tiggly hybrid counting apps, Tiggly Chef: Preschool Math Cooking Game and Tiggly Cardtoons: Learn to Count with 25 Interactive Stories but are not required for those, either. The interface is minimal, with no instructions or in-app help, so kids will have to figure out how to play; this may not be intuitive, especially with the novelty of hybrid toys. When kids first open the game, they can choose to play by hand or with the toys. If they choose toys, they'll have to unlock that version of the game using the toys the first time they play. Kids also can switch in the middle of a game through the settings. During our review, the toys didn't work reliably, but if kids play with multiple fingers, they won't lose any benefits of the game. The games can be played in 10 languages.

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What's it about?

Before starting TIGGLY ADDVENTURE: NUMBER LINE & MATH LEARNING GAME FOR PRESCHOOL, kids select how they will play: with the counter toys or with their fingers. If playing with the toys, they can choose from two adventures, delivering an apple to a grandma or a present to a friend; without the toys, only the apple-delivery option is open. In each adventure, they'll step across bridges, climb poles, or hop on stars to get to the end number. Kids use their fingers or the counters to count or skip-count along the number line, avoiding the squares with a red X. Numbers go up to 10, with about five counting activities on each level. 

Is it any good?

The novelty of playing with the counting toys is exciting for kids, but at almost $30 for three apps, it's a bit steep. The manipulatives are tricky to maneuver on the screen, too, not always registering correctly. The game is totally playable without the toys, though, and is actually easier that way, though kids miss out on holding the counters in their hands. The graphics are cute, with fun characters and whimsical, paper-craft style characters and settings, and the mission is adorable: delivering gifts to loved ones. But there's not much content. Once kids play the two adventures, each with five counting activities, that's it. They can replay each level, but the challenge doesn't change.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about numbers and counting as they go about their days. Line up 10 toys or other objects and have kids count them all. Then have kids count (or say aloud) every other number, practicing skip-counting.

  • Encourage kids to explore and play with the counters outside the apps. They're magnetic, so kids can line them up and count the whole string. Have kids practice grouping by creating 10 with different combinations of numbers.

App details

  • Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Math: addition, counting, numbers
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, thinking critically
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Free (Kids can play one activity without the counting toys, but Tiggly Counts, which retail for $29.99, are needed for the other activity.)
  • Release date: February 4, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Numbers and Letters, Space and Aliens
  • Size: 75.50 MB
  • Publisher: Tiggly
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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