8 Reasons why we love Timmy Tickle – giveaway

Timmy Tickle is a very cute, orange octopus who just loves to be tickled! And he would love you to have fun helping him with his very busy day. As close friends and family know, eight is by far my favourite number (eight biscuits anyone?) So in honour of an octopus’s defining features, here are eight reasons why we love Timmy Tickle:

 1. Timmy Tickle is a very cute character and my children instantly took to him, from the moment he invited them to tickle him on the first page. Indeed, it might take you a while to get off the first page, as he loves tickles so much.

 2. This is an app where the activities star ahead of the story, which very loosely brings them together, and some of them are really different to the usual run-of-the-mill jigsaws, colouring and matching. Our favourite is a xylophone with four nursery rhymes to play. Little Miss Chatterbox (aged two and a half) had no problem picking out Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by following the arrows above the keys.


3. We have had lots of giggles together as Timmy Tickle makes himself into different kinds of fruit, whips different disguises on and off, or tries to stay upright on eight roller skates. Some of the activities are just for fun, but some help with numbers, colours and matching skills.


4. The animations really have the “wow” factor, with very smooth and fun interactions and page transitions. Visually,  it looks very like an animated film and this really brings Timmy and his story to life.

5. Timmy Tickle blows a raspberry noise if you get something wrong. This made Mr Tall collapse with laughter for a good ten minutes. Four year olds love raspberries.

6. This app really focuses on the needs of preschoolers. For example, rather than just having a “Read” and “Paint” button on the menu, it also has a picture of someone with an open book or a paintbrush, and “Read” or “Paint” is spoken when pressed to confirm your choice. The activities are just the right level of difficulty, and you don’t have to complete them to move on to the next page.

7. The narration by actress Gina Beck (currently starring in Wicked in the West End) strikes just the right note.

8. There is real potential to expand the app, for example adding more songs for the xylophone, more disguises, or more colouring pages. I can also see Timmy Tickle starring in other apps further down the line.

My only gripe? If you interact with the app while the story is ongoing, the narration will stop. I have found this with other apps too and it is a bit of a pain if you have an impatient child. But I know the developer is aware of the issue and thinking about how to improve it in future updates.

Overall Timmy Tickle is something a bit different from other apps I have seen, and my children really love it. Which is why I am delighted to be giving away one code each for iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch courtesy of Harriet Pellereau, the developer at Nimblebean. To enter, simply leave a comment below this review (mentioning iPad or iPhone/iPod Touch) before 18:00 BST (British Summer Time) on Sunday 8 July. I will use www.random.org to choose two winners. If I cannot contact a winner before 15 July 2012, I will draw another winner. Code expires on 28 July 2012.

Harriet is also running a competition to win £200 spa vouchers and an Aquadoodle mat on her website – just upload a picture your child has coloured in the Timmy Tickle app by 20 August 2012. http://www.nimblebean.com/index.php/competition/Timmy Tickle draw result

EDIT 8 JULY – and the winners are … Paolaot (iPhone) and Michelle (iPad)! Congratulations, your code is on its way. (Paolaot was only person to request the iPhone version. I then renumbered comments 2-7 as 1-6 after discounting Paolaot’s, before conducting the draw for the iPad.)


Timmy Tickle, developed by Nimblebean, iPad version available from http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/timmy-tickle/id448479949?mt=8 priced at £1.49 /$1.99 at time of writing or iPhone/iPod Touch version available from http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/timmy-tickle!/id529120225?mt=8 priced at £0.69/$0.99 at time of writing.