Are you raising trilingual children? In Indonesia, it is common for families to raise trilingual children. For example, my kids are learning Indonesian, English, and Mandarin. They also learned to count in Spanish and Japanese earlier this month, thanks to Up to 100 app. They get really excited at the thought of being able to count in new languages.
Recently, they have been practicing a few more Spanish words — thanks to Pacca Alpaca - Australia. It’s the first app in a new series that aim to help kids learn about numbers, colors, and shapes by exploring parts of the world. In addition to exploring Australia, kids also learn several new words in five different languages, including French, Mandarin, and Arabic.
Play Mini Games throughout Australia
When you start the Pacca Alpaca for the first time, you will be prompted to select a language. The entire app will be presented in that language. The only way for you to switch language after this point is to reset the game from the in-app settings menu.
Pacca is a blue alpaca that will take kids on an adventure throughout Australia. Riding his magical carousel, they will play nine mini games while practicing early learning skills such as numbers, colors, and shapes.
They start by exploring the Bush in Western Australia, before continuing to the Beach in North East Australia and finishing in Sydney in South East of Australia. There are three mini games to play in each location. These games introduce kids to numbers from 1 to 10, colors (including secondary colors purple, brown, pink, and orange), and shapes (including semi-circle, pentagon, and hexagon).
The games are fun and involve various Australian animals, such as crocodile, koala, and kangaroo. For example, kids may be asked to help a crocodile to finish his paintings, or feed a koala with leaves as they count from 1 to 10.
Parents Need to Know
Many parents would argue that teaching a child to speak and read in one language is already difficult, let alone raising trilingual children. But I can testify that some kids ages 3+ are more than capable to learn new words and form sentences in more than one language. If your family already speak two languages, apps like Pacca Alpaca can help you unlock a third language.
Pacca Alpaca itself is designed to be played multiple times. Only half of the numbers, shapes, and colors are available when you play the app for the first time. Once you have played all nine games, you need to play one more time to unlock the rest of the content.
Things I Like
Designed as an app to help toddlers learn early words in a new language, Pacca Alpaca offers a few ways to keep things fun. Many of the elements in the games are interactive; try tapping on them to see how they would react. For example, you can tap two buttons on the carousel to change its background color and pattern. You can also play a fun grooming activity with Pacca where you wash his hair and brush his teeth.
Among the nine mini games, my favorite is the spider shape game. In this game, you need to find four shapes that match the hint. Tapping them would create a path for the spider to climb up the tree. It’s a simple game but I have never seen it anywhere — especially not as a way to introduce kids to recognize the basic shapes.
Pacca Alpaca - Australia is a collection of mini games for kids ages 3+ to learn about numbers, colors, and shapes in five different languages. With its help, raising trilingual children can be easier. I wasn’t comfortable at first when I switched all apps to use Spanish, but I was impressed at how well my kids adapted to the new language. I am thankful that more developers are supporting languages other than English in their apps.
App was provided for our honest review.