It’s been a great month for kids apps, with many big name developers releasing sequels to their existing popular apps. This week we saw the launch of Artgig App’s Mystery Math Museum, and Loud Crow Interactive’s Bramble Berry Tales - The Great Sasquatch. Today, these lovely sequels are joined by Grandma Loves Bugs from Fairlady Media.
Grandma Loves Bugs
If you have never heard of the Grandma/Grandpa app series, these are educational apps for young juniors, which feature a kindhearted elderly character as their mascot. The Grandma/Grandpa character guides the players through rounds of mini games, providing them with instructions and support. These apps are generally well-received because they are lighthearted and engaging; in fact, we sung praises for Grandma’s Kitchen and Grandpa’s Workshop.
Grandma Loves Bugs is the latest in this series. As the name implies, the app is themed around insects. Ten mini games are included -- the most we’ve seen so far in the series (Grandma’s Garden had eight games, and Grandpa’s Workshop had seven). They cover a wide range of skills, including recognizing numbers and colors, word building, observation skills, memory, problem solving, and nature awareness. The games are:
- Spot the Difference. Kids try to find the odd one out of a group of insects.
- Magic Coloring. Rub the silhouette of a bug to reveal its color. At the end of the game, Grandma will mention both the color and name of the bug, e.g. red ladybug.
- Letter Match. Match uppercase and lowercase letters by dragging the bees to their corresponding flowers.
- Bug Spelling. Learn to spell a bug’s name by dragging and dropping letters in the correct order. The correct word appears for a few seconds at the beginning of the game.
- Counting Fireflies. Catch as many fireflies as requested by Grandma, e.g. “six fireflies” or “eight fireflies”.
- Number Groups. Identify the jar that contains the number of bugs as instructed by the app.
- Identify Bugs. Pick the correct bug out of a group. Here, kids can learn the names of different insects.
- Feed Baby Bird. Help a hungry baby bird collect bugs from its mother’s beak by dragging the bird left or right.
- Bug Matching. Insect-themed pairs game.
- Build a Spider Web. Design a web that could catch the most flies.
In addition to games, the app also includes eight narrated documentary videos of real bugs in nature, plus a couple of interactive add-ins: finding a bug on Grandma, clearing out a pile of leaves from the screen by munching on them, and learning about an insect’s body parts by putting them under a magnifying glass. These add-ins do not contain educational values like the rest of the games, but they add variety to the app.
Just like in previous Grandma apps, the games are presented in random order to keep the players from getting bored. Grandma continuously praises them upon successfully completing the game. She also dances occasionally.
Parents Need to Know
One of the app’s strong points lies in the variety of games it includes. They are quite different from each other, so players should not get tired of the app easily. However, if necessary, parents can set which games should (or should not) be included from the gated Settings menu.
Grandma Loves Bugs was originally designed for kids ages 0–5. I would say that juniors as young as three years old should able to use the app with little help, although parental supervision is still recommended. The instructions for the games are given via audio, so no reading skills are necessary to use the app.
Parents shouldn’t need to worry about child safety when using Grandma Loves Bugs, as the app does not contain in-app purchases or ads. External links to the developer’s other apps are placed in a protected section of the app.
Things I like
Fun and positive, Grandma Loves Bugs is a great addition to the Grandma/Grandpa app lineup. Like its predecessors the app features bright, colorful graphics and smooth animations that are suitable for juniors. The Grandma character is as charming as ever, guiding juniors with a kind voice and encouraging phrases.
One of the requests I had for the previous Grandma/Grandpa app was to include more activities, and apparently the developers listened. With ten games in the rotation, the app now feels more diverse and engaging. The add-ins keep the app balanced, and provide the players with breathing space between play sessions.
Finally, I want to note the superb quality of the insect videos and photographies. The photos are so crisp, I squirmed at the sight of the grasshopper. I also like how Grandma provides remarks on the insect’s main body parts when it is under the magnifying glass.
Grandma Loves Bugs is an excellent addition to Fairlady Media’s Grandma/Grandpa’s app series. With ten fun insect-themed mini games, colorful graphics, and a charming mascot, this app is sure to capture the interest of young juniors anywhere. If you liked Grandma’s Garden, then you’ll love this app. If you haven’t tried any of the Grandma/Grandpa apps, then I suggest starting right now with Grandma Loves Bugs.
App was provided for our honest review.