Teachers can use Tiggly Cardtoons in a few ways: for early counting, to inspire creativity, or to work on foreign languages. PreK or kindergarten classes can explore the numbers 1 to 5 with the sweet stories. To inspire creativity, teachers could give kids a certain number of pieces of cardboard or construction paper (possibly to correspond to a number of the week) and have kids create something new from them, getting ideas and inspiration from the stories. Older kids still get a kick out of picture books and could explore a foreign language, learning the numbers 1 through 5 and listening to the stories in that language.Continue reading Show less
Tiggly Cardtoons: Learn to Count with 25 Interactive Stories is a counting app for toddlers and preschoolers that can be played with fingers, like 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.
To start play, kids choose whether they are using the Tiggly Counts toys or their fingers. Using the counting tools, 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. The app can be played in 10 different languages.
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.
This is an adorable way for kids to explore numbers and appreciate the whimsy of creativity. Kids will get repeated exposure to counting to 5 through the short stories, and they'll be encouraged to play again since each number has five different stories. The option to play with or without the counting toys adds to the fun. Also, the ability to play in 10 different languages extends the learning options. The heart of the fun, though, is delighting in what can come out of a few scraps of cardboard.
Key Standards Supported
Counting And Cardinality
Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.
Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1–20, count out that many objects.
Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).