Flip Flap Dogs

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Amusing mix-and-match breeds for creative pups and poems.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about creative storytelling and fun wordplay. This interactive book app can engage kids in reading poetry or listening to poems in a unique, quirky way. Kids who love pets can also learn the names of dog breeds.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Simply swipe the two halves of each dog to make new combinations. The navigation icons require two taps to prevent younger kids from accidentally moving out of the screen they're on. Proficient reading required for the Read by Myself option.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Flip Flap Dogs is a mix-and-match book app for preschoolers. Kids can swipe the upper and lower halves of 11 dog breeds to create a "dachshoodle," a "cheagle," and other dogs as they listen to a poem about their newly created combo dog. There's also a Read By Myself option with no poem narration for fluent readers. There's a companion spiral-bound board book for the Flip Flap Dogs app, which is the fifth in Nosy Crow's Flip Flap app series. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To begin FLIP FLAP DOGS, tap Read and Play or Read By Myself. A narrator speaks the highlighted words (which parents can disable) on the screen on the Read and Play option while kids can swipe left or right on the two halves of each dog to make different dog combinations. The Read By Myself option works in the same way but without a narrator.

Is it any good?

This beautifully illustrated flip-the-flap book of dog poetry will likely be a favorite of any dog-loving preschooler. Flip Flap Dogs engages kids immediately as they swipe through the dog breed choices to create their own surprise combo dog. With 121 possible combinations, kids will listen more than once to the various poems on this app as they reappear in different dog combinations. While the app is geared toward preschoolers, the reading level of the poems is quite high, so the Read By Myself option may not be the appropriate choice for many kids in the target age range. The Read and Play option includes a friendly, upbeat narrator's voice reading each poem. Overall, this simple, fun app can also help prereaders dip their toes into early reading, especially once they've heard the poems a few times.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about real and imagined dog breeds. Which real breeds are your favorite, and why? Which combinations from the Flip Flap Dog app are your favorite?

  • Encourage your kid to make a mix-and-match book of their own drawings featuring combinations of other animals, monsters, or people.

  • Write a poem about your own dog or other pet.

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