User Group: Toddlers, Preschool
Available on: iPhone, iPod
About the App: It is an early learning app for babies and toddlers. The idea is to playfully familiarize the child with commonly seen objects. For this purpose, words have been segregated into six different categories namely Zoo, Vehicles, Farm, Sea, Harvest, Art, and More Games. Whether your little one loves vehicles or farm animals; all the common interest categories can be found here. Each category is presented as a car trolley on a charming paper-art train that rolls back and forth on the Home screen. When a car is tapped, the photographs open up and can be navigated through by swiping. A male voice clearly pronounces the word and tapping on the photograph makes the word appear as an overlay on top of the image. Another tap clears the word and returns to the photo. Repeated tapping lets your child hear the word and see it displayed as many times as they like. There are 100+ colorful images that will help to gradually develop the vocabulary of your child.
What we like: Care has been taken to keep certain guidelines in mind while creating an app for babies/toddlers. Little ones love repetition, bright pictures, and simple words. The flow/navigation is easy as well as intuitive. Controls have been developed specifically for the fingers of babies and toddlers. Children love big things. The exit button of every section is large enough to be noticed. Cozy, fabric styled design elements have been used with pastel colors. It has a kid friendly interface. The photographs are crisp, clear, and colorful. The app has minimal functionality making it easy for the toddler to independently manoeuvre the application.
What we suggest: The app should have an element of discovery and guide the child ably to discover hidden areas. This not only stimulates the mental capabilities of the child, but also propels him/her towards self discovery and learning. A simple quiz can be added for this.
We also suggest adding sound to images helping the child to make associations.
The art section can also have a blank picture canvas to help the child dabble in colors.
Overall experience: It is an engaging application helping your child become familiar with the surrounding world. It’s a great way to encourage early language recognition in little ones. We definitely suggest adding it to your iPhone if you have a toddler at home.
Note: We are beginning a series of review of mobile apps from this week. If you have any apps that you want us to review, do send us the link. We would love to review it