Tiggly Shapes with iPad Game- Tactile Experiences Meet Digital Learning

Tiggly Shapes with iPad game is a new product that will be in Apple Stores very soon. I recently came across the product while doing research. Tiggy Shapes are geared toward toddlers 18 months old to three years old. They combine the much needed real-life tactile learning experiences with technological learning. The premise of the product is having real tactile shapes that toddlers can play with on the iPad within a game. The toddler sees a shape outline in the game, and then presses the correct shape against the iPad screen. The game tells the toddler if the shape they press against the screen is correct or not. If it is incorrect, the game will make a noise that means incorrect. If the shape is correct, the game will show the shape and turn it into a physical object.

Tiggly showing shapes and game being tested by Jack

When I saw this product, I had to share it because it has great educational appeal. Tiggly Shapes seem to not only be good for toddlers, but also great for lower elementary special needs and ESL students. I think the product would be excellent for older special needs students who have learning objectives that the product fits. I also think the product would be fantastic for ESL students in grades Kinder and first grade where it can be used to create rich language learning experiences.


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Ideas for these diverse populations include:

  • Determining shape differentiations and describing basic differences
  • Recognizing and describing shapes within objects: a square in a bird, stars and circles in a turkey, etc.
  • Making connections between shapes and objects in the real world
  • Learning to describe more complex shape attributes within objects
  • Using descriptive adjectives to describe visual and physical features
  • Learning color words to describe and make associations
  • Understanding and learning terms for positive reinforcement and outcomes
  • Incorporating math literacy of how many/much, tallying numbers, and charting outcomes
  • Use it as a center game in an immersion classroom to practice learning set learning objectives

Tiggly Shapes is an excellent product that educators in preschools and those with ESL and special needs students should consider. I was thoroughly impressed when I saw the product. It combines the much needed real-life tactile learning experiences with technological learning. What do you think? Do you have any learning or center ideas I haven’t thought of?


Beth Crumpler Beth Crumpler is the founder of adaptivelearnin. Beth is an educator who is passionate about platforms for adaptive learning and curriculum design. She earned her B.A. in music education from Southeastern University, M.S. in TESOL from Shenandoah University, and 42 graduate-level credits from several universities in California. Beth is an experienced teacher, curriculum writer, blogger, and elearning course developer in the fields of ESL and music education. She has written learning content for several major educational companies/institutions. Her strongest asset is in using needs analysis and thinking creatively to develop adaptive educational materials both through kinesthetic hands-on and technological platforms to meet the diverse learning needs of students regardless of age, learning need and content area. Beth has taught students of many linguistic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. She loves her work, loves to bring positive humor to it whenever possible, and is seriously dedicated to the profession. Beth's experiences teaching for numerous content areas, diverse populations, and a wide range of age groups is what propelled her with the vision to create adaptivelearnin. Her vision has been to support educators in finding resources which support learning through modified and targeted experiences so that all students receive individualized learning to facilitate their educational growth needs. Adaptivelearnin is a place where educators can find digital and hands-on adaptive learning resources for planning and instructional purposes. Beth does freelance curriculum writing, article writing/blogging, and online course development. For inquires about hiring Beth for work, please email her at Beth@adaptivelearnin.com. Go to http://adaptivelearnin.com/beth-crumpler-publications to check out published articles Beth has written. Opinions are her own and are not those of her employer, or previous employers.