A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Giraffe's PreSchool Playground is a cheerful educational app that includes six games to teach ABCs and numbers, seek-and-find skills, and animal names. The Photo Playground is a picture-making game and kids can make their own animal scenes and save them to the device's photo gallery, though there is an option to turn that function off.
What's it about?
In the six letter and number games, kids choose (or parents) choose from two mode of difficulty -- Junior Explorers or Ace Adventurers. For each game, kids simply listen and tap. Giraffe tells them "Way to go!" when they get one right. Kids tap the screen in the ABC song game and can select the drum metronome any time (as long as "music" is toggled on from the main menu). In Big Safari and Photo Playground, kids drag and place animals into a net or onto a background. The Android version freezes or responds slowly at times.
Is it any good?
GIRAFFE'S PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUND includes six simple games. A few of them are seek-and-find: look for the target letter, number, or animal in a group of six and tap it. The Big Safari presents a group of animals, and the goal is to drag the target animal to the net. The Music game teaches the ABC song, and lets the child control the pace of the song. Finally, the Photo Playground lets kids create their own animal scenes. The interface is very simple and easy for young kids to figure out, and the variety of games keeps kids interested. The Big Safari game has a scoring system which doesn't seem to make much sense, but younger children may not care about the score. Overall, the app is a fun package for toddlers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Sing the ABC song together with your kids at different tempos -- start slow, then try faster.
Encourage your preschooler to trace the letters in the air before selecting them.
Provide finger paints and encourage your kids to say the letter and number names while forming them.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, letter or word recognition, naming, vocabulary
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, memorization
Creativity: making new creations
- Price: $.99-$1.99
- Release date: December 6, 2012
- Category: Educational Games
- Size: 24.30 MB
- Publisher: Tomato Interactive LLC
- Version: 1.994
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later; Android 1.6 and up
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