Tiggly Cardtoons: Learn to Count with 25 Interactive Stories

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Counting 1–5 gets creative with cardboard cutouts.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn numbers 1 through 5. They'll see the numeral and count that number of objects. The number of cardboard pieces used in each scene corresponds to the number being reviewed, further reinforcing it. As the pieces come together to form a picture, kids also can see how pictures can be created from different geometric shapes. Tiggly Cardtoons: Learn to Count with 25 Interactive Scenes both will inspire creativity and teach counting one to five.

Ease of Play

App can be played with or without the counter toys, though playing with fingers is easier than with the toys, which aren't always detected.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tiggly Cardtoons: Learn to Count with 25 Interactive Stories is a counting app for toddlers and preschoolers that can be played with fingers similar to most apps or as a hybrid experience using Montessori-inspired counter toys. The Tiggly Counts toys are available at retailers for $29.99 and can be used with Tiggly Cardtoons: Learn to Count with 25 Interactive Stories, Tiggly Addventures: Number Line & Math Learning Game for Preschool, and Tiggly Chef: Preschool Math Cooking Game. 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 fingers they won't lose any benefits of the game. The app can be played in 10 languages and covers numbers one through five.

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What's it about?

To start playing in TIGGLY CARDTOONS: LEARNING TO COUNT WITH 25 INTERACTIVE STORIES, kids choose whether they're using the Tiggly Counts toys or their fingers. Using the counting toys, kids then choose one of the five counters and place it on the device. If playing with fingers, kids select from five colorful numbers, 1 through 5. From there, the interactive story begins: Kids count each dot for the chosen number, drag them into place, and watch as that number of pieces of cardboard transforms into an adorable creation: a bird, a scarecrow, a dog, and a fire hydrant. Each story has different interactive elements for kids to play with too.

Is it any good?

Tiggly Cardtoons: Learn to Count with 25 Interactive Stories is an adorable way for kids to explore numbers and appreciate the whimsy of creativity. Kids will get repeated exposure to counting to five through the short stories, and they'll be encouraged to play again since each number has five stories. The option to play with or without the counting toys adds to the fun, especially because the toys don't always work well with devices. Also, the option to play in 10 languages extends the learning options. The heart of the fun, though, is delighting in what can come out of a few scraps of cardboard. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about numbers, counting items in normal conversation and introducing kids to number sense by showing that each item is one more than the last.

  • Expose kids to other languages by choosing one of the 10 languages available in the settings.

  • Give kids a few scraps of cardboard or construction paper and let them recreate some of the creatures from the app.

App details

  • Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Math: counting, numbers
  • Skills: Creativity: imagination
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (Games can be played with or without the Tiggly Counts toys, which retail for $29.99 and can be used with three apps.)
  • Release date: April 4, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Numbers and Letters
  • Size: 165.00 MB
  • Publisher: Tiggly
  • Version: 1.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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