Crayola DigiTools Review & Guide

I was excited to try out Crayola DigiTools made especially for the iPad. I purchased the Deluxe Pack so that I could test drive all of the different tools and apps that accompany them.

 

I was excited to try out Crayola's DigiTools made especially for the iPad. I purchased the Deluxe Pack so that I could test drive all of the different tools and apps that accompany them.

 

Crayola's DigiTools

Where to Buy: Amazon, Wal-Mart

 

Who is Crayola DigiTools For?

It’s great for children ages 3-7 with interest in a tablet, early learning centers or preschools, occupational therapists.

 

What is the Educational Value of Crayola DigiTools?

It provides a motivating experience for children who may need practice holding a marker or stylus correctly, but the tool becomes cumbersome after prolonged interaction with the iPad. Children reverted to the traditional use of their fingers to navigate the app.

 

Platform: iOS for iPads

Price: 39.99

 

Crayola’s accompanying apps include: Crayola Effects App, 3-D App and the Airbrush App. Each app is set up in a similar way, but utilizes different tools.

crayola appCrayola Effects App – The app begins by having your child choose one of the 25 backgrounds on which to create their design, or choose a blank background. My daughter instantly liked the Crayola digital marker, because she could hold it naturally and color as she would on paper. But the pictures had much smaller spaces to color than the size of the tool, so she ran into some problems when she tried to color in the smaller spaces. Also difficult was the fact that the digital marker requires more pressure than a regular crayon.  The rolling tool is not available in the deluxe pack, although it still appears as an option within the menu, and that was a confusing factor for my daughter, too. What she enjoyed most was coloring in the pictures, and the stamping tool, to add stickers to the page. The app includes the option to save the drawing, to send it to a friend, as well as undo and redo buttons.

3-D App – The general setup of this app mirrors the Crayola Effects app. The menu is designed in the same way: choose a background, this time they are already shaded and colored to give a 3-D effect, draw with the corresponding tools, and share it with a friend, or save it.  This app features the use of the 3-D Stylus, which uses two touch points to draw two different lines that appear in 3-D fashion when using the glasses. 3-D crayola app

Airbrush App – The menu is very similar to the Crayola Effects app, designed in the same way. But this app features the Airbrush tool, which allows children to virtually spray paint their paper.

 

Overall, the apps do provide experiences for children using stylus-like tools for drawing. They don’t exactly encourage beautiful art work; because the tools are such a fun distraction to experiment with, my kids didn’t focus on thinking through a concept and rendering it. They just wanted to use all the tools. But eventually my children laid the tools down, and selected the options from the menu and used their finger as with other drawing apps. These tools would be great to use with children who are working on correct pencil grip and need a motivating medium to practice that skill.

 

Download the most popular guide to finding and using educational apps for kids!



Tags: ,


Tiggly Math Review & Guide

Tiggly Math engages young learners in learning to count, add, and interact with number concepts.

 

Tiggly Math engages young learners in learning to count, add, and interact with number concepts.

 

At KinderTown, we’re thinking about you during the season of giving, and we’re going to review the season’s best Tech Toys for the tech-loving kids on your list! The Tech Toys we choose will be both educational and super fun. So join us here each week leading up to Christmas for a new installment.

 

Tiggly Math Review

Tiggly Math

The Tiggly Math product includes 5 counting rods that interact with the iPad apps. Young learners will enjoy stamping the rods on the iPad screen in order to engage with the app. Tiggly has created 3 free apps that work with the Tiggly Math product. Tiggly Chef, Tiggly CardToons, and Tiggly Addventure.

 

Where to Buy: Amazon, Target, or on the Tiggly website.

 

Who is Tiggly Math Great For?

It’s great for children ages 3-7 with interest in a Tablet, early learning centers, or preschools.

 

What’s the Educational Value of Tiggly Math?

It covers a wide variety of early learning math skills while still allowing for lots of exploration and play. Children love using the rods to interact with the screen and the free cleverly-developed apps that accompany the toy.

 

Platform: iOS for iPads, Samsung, Kindle, Kurio

Price: 29.99

 

Let’s take a closer look at the experience your child will be getting with each of the Tiggly Math apps:

 

TigglyMath2

Tiggly CardToons: This app provides a basic introduction to the numbers 1-5. Children tap the rods on the screen to create yellow circles to drag and count, along with the narrator. The yellow circles then become part of a cartoon, or “cardtoon,” if you will (they do). The colorful pictures create a story about the number that children adore. The cardtoons are created from torn paper, and make up 25 different stories within the app.

 

Tiggly Chef: The star of this app is the Italian chef who invites children to create their own recipe, to use the math rods to find a certain number of an ingredient, or to add numbers together to find a total. My children love to imitate his accent…especially some of his favorite phrases such as “What  are you waiting for?” and “Let’s get cookin’!” Children can use the rods to create an addition sentence that shows how much of an ingredient there is all together.  Children love the wacky cooking creations they are able to make, all while they’re learning to add, count, measure, and problem-solve!

 

Tiggly Addventure: Tiggly Addventure takes kids into their own math world by making number lines three-dimensional. Children have to choose a rod that will act as a bridge to help their Tiggly friend make it across the number line. The number line problems become more sophisticated as your child plays with the app. Choose the correct rod to help your Tiggly friend make it to an indicated space on the number line. Children navigate the adventure by going across and up the number lines to different levels of the Tiggly World.

 

Download the most popular guide to finding and using educational apps for kids!



Tags: ,