Common Sense Review
Updated April 2015

Tiggly Chef: Preschool Math Cooking Game

Creative recipes add up to counting fun, with hybrid toys or not
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 4
  • Kids use the counters or their fingers to add the right number of ingredients.
  • All those ingredients add up to some interesting creations.
  • Kids can create their own recipes.
  • Kids work through three levels with 15 activities each.
  • Kids can play with or without the Tiggly Counters.
Kids can play with or without the manipulative toys.
No learning supports, reports, or curricular alignment.
Bottom Line
Free counting app works better without pricey companion toys.
Amanda Bindel
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

The silly chef will delight kids with his crazy food combinations, and kids have the chance to create their own recipes. The novelty of using the toy counters may wear off quickly, but kids can still play without them.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

The Tiggly Counts toys put counting manipulatives in kids' hands, which they can use to help solve problems offscreen or to interact with the app. Kids can practice grouping without the toys too.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Three levels gradually increase the challenge, and kids and parents can see the progression. Play is available in 10 languages, so kids can practice in their native language in one they're learning.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Teachers can offer Tiggly Chef as a center option for kids to play during free time or for additional practice. Kids can learn basic addition up to ten with the support of on-screen visuals and the manipulatives. They'll count objects and add them to recipes. Kids also have the opportunity to use their imaginations, creating their own crazy concoctions and then making them, extending their creativity and applying what they've learned. As an added learning opportunity, kids will also learn the names of foods -- fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients that may or may not be familiar to them, like kiwi and shrimp.

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What's It Like?

Tiggly Chef: Preschool Math Cooking Game is a counting game for preschoolers that can be played either as a traditional app using fingers as counters or as a hybrid toy with the Tiggly Count toys, which retail for $29.99 and can be played with Tiggly Chef: Preschool Math Cooking Game, Tiggly Cardtoons: Learn to Count with 25 Interactive Stories, and Tiggly Addventure: Number Line & Math Learning Game for Preschool. 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.

The Master Chef helps kids learn to be great chefs, guiding them through three different levels of math games, each progressively more challenging. Kids start by following instructions and counting items to add to a bowl. They can add items with their fingers -- tapping each item individually or using several fingers to select several at once -- or use the Tiggly Counters. The second and third levels have kids following wacky recipes to create dishes like "hot shrimp apple twist." Kids then eat the item by tapping it and record their descriptions of how each concoction tasted.

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Is It Good For Learning?

Hybrid toys are exciting and new, but kids may be pretty disappointed: It's tricky for little hands to get the toys lined up just right, and they don't reliably register on the device. Fortunately, the whole experience works great using fingers, so kids can switch modes mid-game (or play the free app even without the toys, at least at the time of review.) Kids can tap multiple objects at once, using several fingers, so they can work on adding one by simply tapping with one finger or adding multiples by tapping with two or three fingers.

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