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Is Your Child a “Stretchy Learner”?

Here at Tiggly we’re strong believers in what we call “stretchy learners.” Just what is a “stretchy” learner, and why do we want to make sure your child is one?

Stretchy learners are active learners. They’re hands-on, using all their senses to explore and connect with the world around them. When stretchy learners play, both their bodies and their minds are engaged. When it comes to screens, they don’t just sit back and watch; they use technology to expand their exploration -- and imaginations.

That’s why you don’t want to just plop your child down in front of a screen. Learning isn’t only about interacting with digital tools. Kids seem to instinctively know that physical play is fundamental to their growth and development. Maybe that’s why they get restless and feel the need to “get their stretch on.” Children want to push past boundaries, challenge themselves, persist through mistakes, all to learn something new.

Academic research shows kids know what they’re doing. Education and psychology revolutionaries like Maria Montessori and Jean Piaget and the 21st century’s leading cognitive scientists all tell us that physical play is key to healthy childhood development. And while it’s obvious manipulating objects helps develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination, it’s less apparent but also true that physical play also helps children’s cognition and memory.

For instance, when your child looks at a circle on a screen, she sees the shape. But when she grabs and holds a circular toy, she touches and feels its roundness. She notices she can roll her round toy but not her triangular one. She discovers that the circle looks the same when she spins it, but her triangle looks different as she rotates it. Manual interaction with physical blocks helps her understand that a circle and triangle not only look different, but also have different properties. These early “aha!” moments (“So that’s why wheels are round and not triangular!”) shape and guide your child’s understanding of the world.

With this in mind, Tiggly invented a powerful and engaging tool to support your child and other “stretchy learners”. Interactive Tiggly Toys integrate new digital apps with the best elements of physical play to help children engage all their senses.

We’d love to hear how your child gets his or her “stretch on” – and answer any questions you may have about “stretchy learning”. Please email us at team@tiggly.com.

Azi Jamalian