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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to identify shapes, colors, numbers (including fractions and Roman numerals), letters, animals, trees, tools, and much more. The English, Spanish, and French options make this a good app for learning terms for common objects in a few languages. A few downsides are that the words are mostly out of context; the rewards system could offer more variety; and, while the app offers stats on kids' responses, it doesn't present them in a very useful way. All in all, it's still very worthwhile. This cute and colorful app isn't just for tots; older kids and parents can have fun learning new words.
Ease of Play
Toddlers will immediately understand the simple format of a voice saying "find the yellow star," and once that object is selected there's immediate applause or kids shouting "yay!" For a wrong selection the object is named, disappears, and the voice says "try again." After a few rounds they select a sticker and put it on a page they can save.
Products & Purchases
A rotating group of banner ads at the bottom of the adult settings screen points you to other apps for the same age group, ads for TV shows (including the very adult show Dexter), insurance companies, cosmetics, and more.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Quizzing Toddler Preschool is an easy app for the very young to figure out. For example, three stars appear, a voice says "find the yellow star," and once that object is selected there's immediate applause or kids shouting "yay!" For a wrong selection the object is named, disappears, and the voice says "try again." If the feature is turned on, kids can earn virtual stickers and place them on a page themselves. To select which of the 30 categories of objects your child will see, parents need to hold down a bar at the bottom of the title page. Most categories can be tackled by the preschool set except the fractions, Roman numerals, trees, and flowers. Parents can also choose from three languages -- English, Spanish, or French -- and track their child's progress by category on the statistics page. This app runs a little louder than most. Even on the quietest setting you can hear the correct-answer applause across a room.
Is It Any Good?
Parents of a toddler created QUIZZING TODDLER PRESCHOOL, and it shows. It's straightforward and simple, yet offers parents plenty of options to challenge young learners (though the fractions, Roman numerals, tree, and flower categories do go a little far in that regard). And the sticker page will help concentrating kids take a breather and say "oooh, clown fish sticker." The applause and "yays" for correct answers are nice, but come out quite loud, even on the quietest setting. It's a small quibble about an otherwise fun way to tailor learning for little ones.
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