Tiggly and Sesame Workshop create new educational app that bridges the digital-physical divide

By Editor November 27, 2015


New York, NYTiggly, the award-winning makers of tablet smart toys for preschoolers, and Sesame Workshop have partnered to develop an exciting new app experience, SESAME STREET ALPHABET KITCHEN. Available Thursday, November 26th, just in time for the holidays, this early literacy app invites kids to build words, explore language patterns and discover sounds while creating cookies with Cookie Monster.

What makes this product unique is the careful integration of physical gameplay with Tiggly Words toys. For the first time, children can play with their favorite Sesame Street Muppet friend, Cookie Monster, and their favorite Tiggly toys. With an engaging original storyline, new animated video developed specifically for the app and tactile play enabled with Tiggly Words, the app is an engaging educational experience for young learners.

Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen app will be available as part of the Tiggly Words learning system, but can also be played without Tiggly Toys. The app addresses key educational and social needs of the preschool audience, and the physical play provides a powerful learning experience for preschoolers. For example, when children choose vowels to make new words, they hear all the letter sounds, and how they are blended to make complete words, which can strengthen early literacy skills. After making word cookies, kids have fun eating the cookies themselves or sharing them with Cookie Monster. Cookie Monster’s silly reactions provide an opportunity to think about these kinds of social choices and he also models self-control while waiting for the cookies. All of this is possible because of Tiggly’s cutting edge technology.

“New research tells us adding a tactile dimension to digital learning enhances children’s learning experience on their tablets,” said Dr. Azadeh Jamalian, Chief Learning Officer & Co- Founder of Tiggly. “It’s truly an honor for us to see Sesame Workshop believe in our mission and support our important movement to bring physical play into children’s digital sandbox.”

“For over 45 years, Sesame Workshop’s recipe for success lies in combining our research- driven curriculum with the sophisticated use of media and the latest technology,” added Scott Chambers, SVP of Worldwide Media Distribution, Sesame Workshop. “Cookie Monster’s hilarious obsession with his favorite food paired with key literacy lessons provides kids with a unique and engaging learning experience the whole family can enjoy.”

Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen will be available on Thursday, November 26th, for download on the Apple App Store for $2.99, or is available for free as part of the Tiggly Words Learning System. The Tiggly Words Learning System includes five specially designed vowel toys (a,e,i,o,u) as well as 4 apps that interact with the toys, including the new Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen.

Tiggly’s full line of learning systems includes Tiggly Words, Tiggly Math and Tiggly Shapes, each of which is available for $29.95. For more information about Tiggly, visit: https://www.tiggly.com/. To download the app on Thursday, November 26th, visit: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1039971485

For photos of Tiggly Words in play and screenshots of the Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen app, please visit: http://bit.ly/1iU9Hx7

About Tiggly
Tiggly is a New York-based learning company that revolutionized children’s digital play on their tablets by bringing tactile play with real toys into the equation. Tiggly develops interactive smart toys that children can play with directly on their tablet screens, benefiting from tactile play that is critical for their learning and development. Tiggly was founded in 2012 by Harvard Business School graduates Phyl Georgiou and Bart Clareman, and Dr. Azi Jamalian, an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Cognitive Studies in Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Tiggly’s learning journey includes three products – Tiggly Shapes, Tiggly Math and Tiggly Words, which are available in more than 20 countries.

About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street which reaches 156 million children across more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Delivered through a variety of platforms, including television programs, digital experiences, books and community engagement, its research-based programs are tailored to the needs of the communities and countries they serve. For more information, visit us at www.sesameworkshop.org