A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Feed Me! - Pencilbot Preschool is a fun and colorful learning game for kids under five, with a fantastic gimmick -- you "feed" your answers to the adorable monster. The free app is just a sampler; parents can upgrade from the free version with an in-app purchase, or they can buy their preferred language separately. There are multiple versions of Feed Me! in different languages -- be sure to choose the correct one. The app is only compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch fourth generation, and iPad.
What's it about?
Feed Me! quizzes kids on a huge variety of skills, from the alphabet and phonics to shapes and counting to rhyming and time. Kids choose a book from the shelf to be tested on, or choose "all" for a comprehensive test, and then feed the right answers to a purple monster. The monster thinks of what he wants to eat, which kids see in a thought bubble, and he is happy when kids feed him the right answers. He frowns or his tummy turns green when a kid feeds him a wrong answer.
Is it any good?
FEED ME! - PENCILBOT PRESCHOOL gives kids an adorable pet monster to play with. He's hungry, but he only wants to eat correct answers. As basic preschool questions pop up, kids drag the appropriate answer to the monster's mouth for him to chow down on. It's great fun. Collecting correct answers will also earn funny and cute awards for a virtual trophy room that can be accessed on the app's homepage. Additional question packs cost 99¢ each, but can contain up to 175 new questions and, honestly, seem worth the money.
Talk to your kids about ...
Play alongside your kid so that you can take advantage of the teachable moments of incorrect answers. Then spend some time working on that particular concept with your kid.
Check your kid's progress via the Diploma and use the FIND REVIEWS tool on Common Sense Media to search for apps that focus on skills your kid may need help with.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics
Math: numbers, shapes
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
- Price: Free-$3.99
- Release date: April 8, 2010
- Category: Education
- Size: 42.30 MB
- Publisher: Edutainment Resources
- Version: 2.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
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