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What's it about?
Spin the wheel on DAVE AND AVA'S LEARN AND PLAY's home screen to cycle through the four available activities. Tap on the play button to go to a menu of nursery rhyme videos. Download videos to watch offline or create a play list. Tap on the animals to complete puzzles and watch mini-animations featuring a variety of farm animals. Tap the 123 icon to choose from numbers 1 through 20 or the ABC icon for a menu of the alphabet. Each number or letter has a outlined figure to color in, and a mini-animation that shows e.g., Dave playing with seven bubbles for the number seven or Eva dancing for the letter D. Then count the items or trace the letter.
Is it any good?
This collection of early learning content features bright, dynamic graphics and quality song recordings. The videos offer a good start to the classic songs and nursery rhymes that characterize many kids' early years. Letter mini-games nicely emphasize the beginning sound of each target word and number games clearly demonstrate the concept of quantity. That said, most, if not all, of this content is available for free from the developer's YouTube channel. And it isn't a slam-dunk that the interactive features of the app format warrant paying the subscription price. Also, there are few user experience features that were not well thought out for young kids, including the main menu's spinning wheel, the automatic replay on the videos, and the use of different device orientations for the activities. Another thing to note is the developer's marketing strategy that some parents may find off-putting. For example, Dave and Ava Learn and Play is marketed in various instances as appropriate for babies, as a babysitting tool, and as a way to prevent tantrums. Parents may want to check out screen time recommendations and advice on using digital media in early childhood before deciding if Dave and Ava Learn and Play is right for their family.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the early learning content in Dave and Ava Learn and Play. Sing the songs with your kids throughout the day. Point out words that begin with different letters of the alphabet and emphasize the different sounds in the words. Count steps as you walk up the stairs, or dogs that you see as you're out for a walk.
Encourage your kids' language development by reading books, singing songs, and reciting rhymes with your kids as frequently as you can.
Set clear guidelines around when and for how long your family can use screen media -- and enforce them!
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition
Math: counting, numbers
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (monthly subscription offers three-day free trial; yearly subscription offers seven-day trial; $3.99/mo. or $29.99/year)
- Release date: July 1, 2019
- Category: Education
- Topics: Horses and Farm Animals, Music and Sing-Along, Numbers and Letters
- Size: 866.10 MB
- Publisher: Dave and Ava Ltd
- Version: 2.1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.3 or later; Android 4.4
- Last updated: August 13, 2019
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