When a Four-Year-Old Daughter Creates a Machine for Her Dad to Stop Working

Kalley's Machine Plus Cats is based on the real-life experience of Kalley and her dad.

Kalley's Machine Plus Cats is based on the real-life experience of Kalley and her dad.

As parents, sometimes we may forget why we’re working in the first place. We often get caught up in the busyness of earning a living that we forget what our kids need most: our love and attention.

Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats is a wonderful real-world example of this. It is an interactive storybook written by a four-year-old girl named Kalley. Watching her dad go to work every morning, she comes up with various machines that would generate all the meals her family needs at home. This way, her dad can stop working.

Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats

Throughout the book, you will discover fun machines drawn up by an imaginative four-year old. For example, machines to smash, inflate, shrink, toast, paint, mold, and even drop marshmallows into a particular bucket. Whatever it is that each machine do, all of them will come together to make the final food vending machine shown at the end of the story. Using this machine, you will be able to vend out different kinds of foods and drinks, and persuade Kalley’s dad to stop working.

What’s fun is that each machine is interactive, so you can play with the cranks, sliders, dials, levers, switches and buttons to operate the machine. You can make them start, stop, or change processes.

As noted by the app’s name, you can also play with the cats that appear near the machines. You may find them avoiding hammers, sitting on top of gears, or jumping around to avoid being burned. These cats add a playful aspect to the storybook.

Parents Need to Know

Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats offers two features that make it suitable for kids ages 4+ who are still learning new vocabularies. The read-to-me feature allows kids to listen to Kalley and her dad as they narrate the story. They can also tap a word to hear it spoken once more.

For parents, I suggest reading the real story behind the creation of this app. Even though the storyline is intended for Kalley’s dad, I believe it’s relevant for dads everywhere.

Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats works well without an Internet connection. It doesn’t have third-party ads or in-app purchases. It has some links to social networks at the end of the story should you want to share it with your friends.

Each machine has a unique function, but all are equally fun to play with.

Each machine has a unique function, but all are equally fun to play with.

Things I Like

In addition to offering fun illustrations, intuitive interactions, and plenty of mini activities, Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats also teaches kids concepts such as overcooking and color mixing. In one of Kalley’s machines, you will see marshmallows passing through an oven. The marshmallows will be burnt if the temperature is too high, so you have to tweak the settings to get it just right.

In another scene, you will play with a subtractive color machine. You can switch on three basic colors — red, blue, and yellow — and watch the machine paint the proper color over the marshmallows. This is a fun way for kids to experiment and learn about mixing primary colors to create secondary and tertiary colors.

Another thing that my six-year-old pointed out to me is the relationship between the the food vending machine and the cats’ party at the end of the story. He suggested to vend out as many food as possible, because the food and drinks will be served at the party. Also, try to move the tables around to suit your preference.

Kalley's story is relevant to dads everywhere -- not just her dad.

Kalley's story is relevant to dads everywhere -- not just her dad.

Conclusion

Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats shows what a creative family can build together. Kalley wrote the story and her dad worked hard to make her imagination a reality. For parents, the storyline reminds us again what our kids really want from us. For kids, the interactions in this storybook app are so much fun. While Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats is not a brand new app, it is one that deserves a special place in every family’s evergreen collection of apps for kids.

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App was purchased by us.