Tiggly Counts is the newest offering from the company we’ve talked a little bit about before that released Tiggly Shapes. Unfortunately at the time of release of that last product, Maggie was a little too young for the Shapes, and at 18 months she’s a little bit young for the Counts in their intended fashion, so this is more of a press release than an actual theITbaby review.
As for the shapes though, we’ve been playing with those recently and she seems to be getting it. She’s been learning shapes and how to place them correctly and how to cheat for the past month or so. She’s also able to break out of any app given enough time, so we’ve also started locking her into the Tiggly Apps as even with the bright and colorful interactive environment with additional physical shape interaction, she is obsessed with the iPad button.
Tiggly Counts is a set of shapes based on cuisenaire rods used in Montessori classrooms. It registers each shape when placed on the screen of an iPad and goes along with a series of software applications (three are included with purchase,) that usually call for the shapes to be used. Not all of the applications require the Count shapes to be used – Cardtoons at least can be used with fingers.
I’ve only had a chance to play with the Tiggly Cardtoons app as of this writing due to some problems I was having with iOS 8.0.2 (do not install on an iPad 2,) but Tiggly Addventure and Tiggly Chef were downloading correctly last night so I’ll have played with all of these shortly and have more of a real review than an announcement.
I’ll also point out I haven’t pulled the Counts out of the box yet. I’ve been assembling some Ikea furniture last few days and really didn’t want to add to the chaos of babydom and 22 packages from Ikea. I only mention this as I see plenty of review websites with closed boxes and they’re usually paid to shill a product. Me, I’m just a guy with some iPad problems and Ikea furniture that has taken over the time that should have been spent reviewing this product.
The top of the Counts, which you can touch and feel in the box, is the same rubbery goodness that the Shapes, which means it should be easy to clean and safe around smaller ones.
Tiggly Counts is expected to land in stores on October 21st, but is available for pre-order at Tiggly.com/counts. You can enter the code PREORDER30 at checkout to get a 30% discount off of your pre-order up until October 21st, 2014.
I’m unsure here if the 30% discount is on top of the 25% pre-order discount, so if someone orders it and would let us know I’d appreciate it. My guess is it’s just a 5% bump, but that’s still good.
If you’re a parent and understand technology can be used to aid early learning, Tiggly Counts is aimed at the 3+ crowd currently. However being both hardware (the Count sticks,) and software my guess is that’s subject to change if they wanted to release 2ish age app.
Tiggly Counts is available for $22.50 on pre-order at the manufacturer’s website, and then enter the code PREORDER30 for an additional discount.
We’ll be doing a proper review of this at some point shortly. I only have one more package to dig through from Ikea and then my long assembly nightmare is over.