Tiggly Safari- interacting with Tiggly Shapes
At Tiggly, we design toys that interact with learning apps because we believe there is an immense learning opportunity in the combination of physical and digital play. By acting on real objects, grabbing and holding shapes, moving, and placing them on the screen children can develop fine motor skills. Children can also learn about properties of geometric shapes through tactile and visual exploration of the shapes. By holding a triangle, children feel and touch the three corners and sides of the shape; that is a different tactile experience than holding a square or circle. Finally, by rotating, moving, and flipping physical shapes in space, children enhance their mental rotation and spatial skills—all made possible with physical interactions with the shapes. However, physical shapes do not talk nor adopt themselves to the child’s spatial knowledge! That is when digital play comes into the picture. In Tiggly Safari, children use Tiggly Shapes to construct animals. We designed each level in Tiggly Safari based on children’s spatial cognition development and more specifically on their knowledge of 2D shape recognition. Children will also be introduced to the names of shapes and animals by listening to the narrator and seeing written words in 7 languages.