Tiggly Submarine

A lovely way to teach children about vowels and allow them to practice using them in a fun way.

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What is it

Tiggly Submarine can be used with or without Tiggly Words (sold separately). 

Tiggly Submarine is another word based app from Tiggly which can be played with or without the word toys (a bag of vowels which are placed on the screen when needed.)  It is all about exploring and recognising long and short vowels in words.

This app is set in an underwater world.  Children explore the waters in their submarine; there is a lot to see as they float around!  If you have the vowels, you can place them on the screen and watch them become vowel fish helping children recognise and learn short vowel sounds.

Along the way there are different activities for children to complete; visit turtle’s house and explore short vowels in the middle of words, join octopus on her picnic and make her some food using your vowels; see who is in the lift and explore short vowels, and use a vowel activated vacuum to help free characters from the ocean cave.

What our team of testers said

"Look mummy, he's got bubbles on him. Now he's all sparkly" - Boy aged 4

"Look at all of my letter-shaped fish! They make noises like they're in a band!" - Boy aged 7

"Chimps aren't supposed to be in water...save him! Where's the i" - Boy age 5

Skills Developed

  • Develops children's recognition of long and short vowel sounds
  • Allows children to practise using vowels in words
  • Encourages children to read and spell words
  • Gives children a knowledge of words which will lead on to writing

What our experts think

Another wonderful app from Tiggly with endearing and engaging animations; a lovely way to teach children about vowels and allow them to practice using them in a fun way.  We felt this app developed children’s working knowledge of how vowels are used in the spelling of words – a vital building block for reading and writing.

We really liked the way in which the children explored the ocean and in doing so stumbled upon the activities.  The activities were varied and allowed the children to develop their recognition of long and short vowels in a range of ways.  Our testers were really thinking about their vowel choices and wanted to succeed in the activities.

The word toys were a great addition and we really liked the way they unlocked the door to the turtles house and made vowel fish on the screen – lots of fun for little fingers!

It would be even better if...

We would like to have seen a UK version with a UK accent.  We also felt that some of the words were very american and obscure!

Some instructions for parents in the parental area would have been good.  This would have meant that parents knew what to look for within the app and how to help the children and further their learning.

Features

  • Brands: Tiggly
  • Key Features:
    • No 3rd party adverts
    • No in-app purchasing
    • No internet access required for core features
  • Child Restrictions: Yes- appropriate features restricted
  • Languages available:
  • Apple version: iPad
    6.0 or later
  • App Types: Educational Apps
  • Types of skills developed: English
    Learning to read
    Learning to write
    Literacy
    Phonics
    Speech, language and communication skills
    Spelling
    Vocabulary building

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