Coming from a country where agriculture plays an important role in the economy, we are firm believers that kids should know where their food comes from. Luckily, there are plenty of apps to help us. Some of our favorites are Happy Little Farmer and Gro Garden.
Today, I'm adding a new app to that collection. Called Yipy Garden Farm, it's a collection of mini games that revolve around — you guessed it — farming. Through the games, kids learn how various fruits and vegetables are cultivated and harvested.
Beginning the app, kids will see an overview of the farm with all the places they can visit. They can zoom in on the map, and tap on the spots marked with a picture of an owl to play a mini game.
Most of the games involve growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables. But, there are other activities such as sorting out the trash for recycling purposes and helping a caterpillar turn into a butterfly. There is also a food truck where kids get to make pizza, scrambled egg, and smoothies.
There are several steps involved in each game, reflecting the many processes involved in agriculture. Before kids can plant seeds, for example, they must prepare the land. This may involve playing a quick whack-a-mole to get rid of pests, raking up fallen leaves, or making a hole in the ground with a shovel.
Once the land is prepared and the seed planted, kids must water their seedling until it grows. It is only then that they can harvest the crop. The harvesting process may require them to use a machine, such as with wheat, or their hands, such as with carrots and potatoes.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the app has no audio or text instructions, but it does highlight the next possible actions with little stars. Thus, kids ages 2-6 should be able to solve the activities with little to no help.
Yipy Garden Farm has no third-party ads and in-app purchases. There is a protected section where parents can read a letter from the app designer. The app is available in a multitude of languages, including Norwegian, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.
Things I Like
Yipy Garden Farm covers many of the processes involved in farming, from planting to harvesting to food processing. Additionally, kids can pick up from the games various skills such as problem solving, sorting, sequencing, shape matching, fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination.
In the greenhouse game, for example, kids test their ability to match shapes by putting back the tools back to their respective places in the toolshed. While playing the recycling game, they learn to sort the items by observing the pictures on the bins.
With 16 mini games to choose from, the app is great value for your money. The only downside is that some of the games feel similar to other games already in the market, although it shouldn't be a problem if you only have one or two farm-themed apps. In future updates, I would love to see games centered on farm animals, like collecting eggs from a chicken coup and milking cows.
Yipy Garden Farm is a collection of 16 mini games that teach kids how to grow and prepare food. It introduces kids to various fruits and veggies, and help them cultivate various skills such as problem solving, sorting, and sequencing. Colorful visuals and open-ended play make the app suitable for children between 2-6 years.
App was provided for our honest review.