Feed Me! - PencilBot Preschool

Common Sense Media says

Amazing learning game lets kids feed answer to a monster.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is incredibly well designed for ease of use by a preschool audience.

Violence & scariness

Feeding the wrong answer to the monster makes him turn green for a second and make a "yucky" or sick face.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

The free app is just a sampler; the full app is available as a standalone in several languages (U.S. English is $3.99). Parents can also upgrade from within the free version via in-app purchase.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • phonics

Math

  • numbers
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This fun and colorful learning game comes with a fantastic gimmick -- you "feed" your answers to the adorable monster. The app is incredibly well designed for ease of use by a preschool audience.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn a full range of reading and math skills. Questions cycle through until correctly answered. Feed Me! Pencilbot spans several years' worth of learning and a broad range of skills.

Support

The breadth of material included will educate kids for a range of years and abilities.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • phonics

Math

  • numbers
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Kids can learn a full range of reading and math skills as they feed correct answers to the purple monster. The app tests pre-reading skills like the alphabet, letter sounds, and rhyming, as well as reading skills like segmenting and sight words. It tests math skills like shapes, time, counting, sorting, and addition and subtraction. Incorrectly answered questions cycle through until correctly answered. Feed Me! - PencilBot Preschool spans several years' worth of learning and a broad range of skills.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
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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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
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Parent Written bywoolfarm May 18, 2012
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QUALITY
 

Must have a glitch

The app keeps closing on my ipod touch, very disappointing

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