Bubl Ice Cream - a musical dessert for kids

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Sweet fun for littlest app users brings ice cream to life.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to interact with a touchscreen device and use their imaginations by creating fun and silly scenarios. They'll work with colors and patterns, helping with visual discrimination, and they'll hear the word "ice cream" in 18 languages. Since there's no wrong way to interact with the app, kids can test limits and experiment: How many scoops can fit on this cone? Toddlers learn best through play and exploration, and Bubl Ice Cream - A musical dessert for kids does a good job of creating an environment for little ones to explore on their own or with an adult.

Ease of Play

No wrong way to play; intended for the youngest app users to tap and explore. Elements respond with movement and sound when little ones tap and swipe.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bubl Ice Cream is a toddler-friendly exploration app. There's no right or wrong way to play; kids simply tap or drag ice cream onto cones, bowls, or glasses and add toppings. The interface is kid-friendly with only one back button that could take a random tapper back to the home screen. Visual prompts plus whistles and cries of "Woo hoo!" get kids' attention to encourage them to tap and play.

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What's it about?

In BUBL ICE CREAM, kids choose from six characters -- a pirate, a yeti, a queen, Santa, a snowman, or a deer -- and make ice cream treats for them. Each character has its own special cup or cone, and kids add as many scoops of ice cream as they want and see the flavors come to life. Each flavor sings "ice cream" in a different language, and each character and background features a different style of music. Kids can add sprinkles, sauces, and toppings and then have their characters chomp down the whole creation.

Is it any good?

This is a toddler's delight. The combination of silly voices, lively music, and expressive ice cream faces will get kids tapping right away. Though billed as fun for all ages, it won't challenge older kids and is unlikely to hold their attention for long. The ability to hear "ice cream" in different languages is a great added touch, but the voices are distorted, making the words hard to understand and unlikely to transfer into use. With each tap and swipe, kids make something happen, placing ice cream scoops or moving them around in a lively, colorful world that stimulates visual and auditory senses.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk to toddlers about what they're seeing and hearing while playing. Since toddlers learn from interaction with people more than with devices, say the names of the colors, describe what's happening, and, most of all, laugh.

  • Repeat the words for different kinds of ice cream in other languages, just as it's done in the game: "glass" (Swedish), "helado" (Spanish), "spaghetteis" (German), and more.

App details

For kids who love food and toddler apps

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