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What's it about?
The BLUEBEE PALS APP offers kids a fun way to learn basic vocabulary words in their day-to-day life as they explore rooms of a home, such as the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, living room, and playroom by tapping items on the screen. After choosing a room to explore, the app includes short animations, and then encourages kids to follow simple directions like, "Tap on all the items in the kitchen and refrigerator and bring them to the table." In the bathroom, kids will need to follow the instructions to tap on certain items to explore the room. For example, "Tap the shower to get me wet." Should they tap another item in the room, there's no response until they perform the correct action. Following the specific sequences in the bathroom unlocks a 20-second tooth-brushing mini-game. In other rooms, kids mostly tap and drag to hear the names of the items and move them around. The playroom offers the most fun, though, as it provides access to nine basic mini-games such as sequencing letters of the alphabet in order, dragging an animal through a maze or a vehicle onto a road, matching colored balloons with the same colored food, looking at a robot and then sequencing the body parts to put it together, swiping puzzle pieces to finish a teddy bear puzzle, using the device's microphone to record their voice and play it back, or dress their favorite Bluebee Pal animal in an outfit such as ballerina, construction worker, police officer, doctor, firefighter, or nurse.
Is it any good?
These simple games and interactions are solid content for parents of early app users. Parents of young children are frequently looking for simple, educational apps for their devices that teach their kids something new. The content in the app is basic and appropriate for little kids who are just beginning to interact with apps, through tapping, swiping, and dragging icons with their fingers. Kids who struggle with listening and following directions may need some guidance, because if they don't follow the directions in certain rooms, they won't be able to access all of the content. Some of the icons in the games are small and difficult to locate, and therefore a challenge to tap and drag to a specific location, which could be frustrating for kids. While repetition is good for learning, and there are a lot of mini-game options located in the "playroom," each game includes only one or two different trials, which limits replay value. The Bluebee Pals app was primarily created to work with a stuffed animal toy, but while the toy might enhance the content, it certainly isn't required. Spend time with young kids helping them play the mini-games and exploring the app. While the content is very basic, there's absolutely a lot to explore together.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Bluebee Pals is a fun way for kids to learn new vocabulary words present in their day-to-day life, which they learn incidentally by tapping different characters and objects.
Show your kid how to use an educational app. Bluebee Pals content is accessed by tapping, swiping, and dragging, which is great for young kids developing the motor skills to participate in app play.
Do your kids need help to learn how to complete self-care activities like washing their hands or brushing their teeth? Exposure to self-care sequences in the app might be a way to reinforce the steps and sequences for common self-help activities.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, letter or word recognition, naming, vocabulary
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles, spatial reasoning
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: March 2, 2018
- Category: Education
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Numbers and Letters, Wild Animals
- Size: 106.60 MB
- Publisher: Kayle Concepts, LLC
- Version: 1.02
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
- Last updated: February 12, 2019
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