Tiggly, which makes tablet smart toys for preschoolers, and Sesame Workshop have partnered to develop a new connected 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.
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 supposed to be 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 learning experience for preschoolers.
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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.
“New research tells us adding a tactile dimension to digital learning enhances children’s learning experience on their tablets,” said Dr. Azadeh Jamalian, 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 — five specially designed vowel toys that interact with 4 included apps.