It’s Friday, which means the weekend is almost here! Hopefully you all had a good week — mine was just so-so. On the plus side, I did manage to collect a few good apps this week, which I’m going to share with you today.
The first app on the list is Gummies Playground from Squink Games, which features a whopping collection of 25 educational activities designed for juniors ages 2–5. Adorable, blob-like characters, called ‘Gummies’, accompany juniors as they learn about basic numbers, letters, shapes, colors, animals, foods, matching, and more.
The activities in Gummies Playground are fairly short on their own, but they are engaging and educational. For example, in one activity kids learn to spell words by joining a gummie cheerlead. In another, they learn to count by figuring out the number of gummies on screen. The activities are fully narrated to ensure that early/non-readers can participate in playing.
What I like about the app is that kids are pampered with praises and celebratory animations whenever they complete an activity; exclamations like “You’re great!” are common in the app. Parents can also control the difficulty level of the activities to better suit their juniors’ needs.
Gummies Playground is available as a free app, but this free version limits the time to play per day. If you wish to play beyond the time limit, you can unlock unlimited play via a single, parent-protected in-app purchase for $1.99.
TinyHands Lotto 1
TinyHands Lotto 1 is a nifty little app that focuses on getting kids to recognize objects around them and improve hand-eye coordination. It does this through a simple but well-made matching game, where kids match colorful illustrated cards with objects on a grid. Ten categories are included, each covering a different theme commonly found around the child, such as shapes, fruits, animals, clothes, vehicles, and so on.
Designed for kids ages 1.5 and up, TinyHands Lotto 1 is simple and easy to play. To switch between themes, simply tap on the colored tabs at either sides of the screen. To match a pair of objects, just tap on a card and drag it to its corresponding spot on the grid.
A great thing about the app is that the animations are cute but not distracting, and the background music low-key. There isn’t any text in the gameplay, so no reading skills are required.
TinyHands Lotto 1 is available for free for iPad. The initial download includes two free theme. Parents can then unlock the full game via a single, protected in-app purchase.
TinyHands Lotto 1 is available for iPad
Get it on the App Store: iPad
Sydney the Scarecrow
The third and final app on the list is Sydney the Scarecrow, a brand new interactive story from The Felt Board Lady. The child-friendly app tells the story of a lonely scarecrow named Sydney, who wishes to keep the farmer’s pumpkins safe but at the same time, be friends with the animals that venture into the pumpkin patch.
Juniors are asked to participate by tapping on Sydney, effectively keeping them engaged as the story will not progress otherwise. The story is fully narrated, so juniors always know what to do and when to do it.
Visually, the app is easily distinguishable thanks to it bright, felt-inspired graphics. The animations are smooth, and you can tap on the sun and the clouds in the background to make them animate.
One thing I really like is how the app sneaks in the names of colors into the story, for example “orange pumpkins” and “blue bird“. This makes the app entertaining and educational at the same time. I would say this app is perfect for juniors ages 3–5.
In terms of safety, Sydney the Scarecrow is free of ads and in-app purchases. You can get the app for both iPhone and iPad.
Well folks, those are the three good apps for toddlers/preschoolers that I collected this week. Did you find a great app that you think we should know about? Mention us in a tweet or leave a message on our Facebook page!
All three apps were provided for our honest review.