Sago Mini Toolbox, a role-playing app, lets toddlers and preschoolers play handyperson by using about 8 different tools to their hearts’ content. These tools (a hammer, a wrench, a saw, an air pump and more) are core to 15 projects. A Sago character presents each project as a dilemma and a bit of a mystery (you’re not sure what you’re about to build, but it’s always fun to guess). Your preschooler pitches in (by tapping on the project in question), and saves the day: building a robot, an ice cream machine, a playhouse, a rocket and much, much more.
Bugs and Numbers was released way back in 2012, but this app continues to shine. This app covers an array of math skills – 18 games in all, divided into 3 groups. The first group of activities targets preschoolers, the second targets kindergarteners, and the third group targets grades 1 and 2. Each activity takes place in a different location inhabited by bugs. The bugs are realistic and positively fascinating. The locations are beautifully composed in a whimsical, restrospective style. Throughout it all, kids engage in math skills such as counting, matching, sorting, adding, subtracting, estimating, measuring, telling the time, fractions and more. After children successfully complete an activity they get a new bug for their cardboard bug box. [Read more…]
The book app, Snow White by Nosy Crow, is a smart, and sometimes hilarious take of a classic fairy tale. In true Nosy Crow style, this app features vibrant illustrations. It preserves the key elements of the classic story, but removes the scary stuff (gone are any references to bringing her heart back to the queen). A modern sensibility persists, and the results are often hilarious (my favourite: the time Snow White refuses the queen’s poisoned cupcake because she just brushed her teeth). The interactivity is well-placed: for example, children can rock their iPad to put baby Snow White to sleep or, later in the story, they may help the stepmother make her poisoned brew. This app is a healthy brew of vibrant illustration, a modern sensibility, and clever interactive moments. It promises to pull your child into a magical world of reading and storytelling. [Read more…]
Help! Cat is stuck in a tree and needs your help. This is a perpetual problem in Peg+ Cat Tree Problem: Cat gets stuck in a tree and needs to get to Peg. It’s up to your child to save the moment. Kids save Cat in 6 locations including the theatre, the South Pole, the farm, a valley full of dinosaurs, a city park and her backyard. Kids align a variety of different objects between the two friends to create a path for Cat. This app focuses on spatial reasoning: the ability to mentally manipulate shapes within a certain space – like puzzles or blocks in the real world. Based on the PBS show, with the same stellar artwork, Peg + Cat can be enjoyed by all kids, including those who haven’t seen the show.
Metamorphabet is a app about the alphabet. Kids can touch or drag a letter on each “flashcard” to watch it morph into a sequence of images that begin with the letter’s sound. For instance, poke the letter the letter B and watch it grow a beard. Prod it again and a beak pops out. Tap the beak and a bevy of beautiful bugs fly out. The transformations are wacky, humourous and totally engaging.