Giraffe's PreSchool Playground

 
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Learning(i)

Cheerful multi-game pack teaches ABCs and 123s.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is very easy and intuitive, with big simple buttons to press and a little cartoon giraffe who provides spoken instructions. There is an instruction page in the settings menu that explains how each game works, but most children will be able to figure it out on their own. One minor issue: the instructions for the Photo Playground state that you can use two fingers to shrink and enlarge things, but this doesn't appear to function.

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Consumerism

The settings screen has two buttons which go directly to the app store for additional purchases.

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Privacy & safety

One minor privacy concern on the settings screen: There is a link to download a free MP3 of the song that plays in the app. Clicking the link brings up the mail program with a drafted email asking for a link to the download. A child could accidentally send an email, or if they edited the email they could send it to anyone in the address book.

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • letter or word recognition
  • naming
  • vocabulary

Math

  • numbers

Arts

  • rhythm

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • memorization

Creativity

  • making new creations

Communication

  • listening

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Toddlers will enjoy the variety of games included in this fun and musical app. Cartoon graphics are colorful and engaging, though animal sounds are stylized.

Learning Approach

Support

Instructions in the settings menu explain how each game works but gameplay is mostly intutive. There are no content extensions or data tracking function for longer term assessment.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • letter or word recognition
  • naming
  • vocabulary

Math

  • numbers

Arts

  • rhythm

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • memorization

Creativity

  • making new creations

Communication

  • listening

Kids can learn to recognize letters, numbers, and animal images and their name sounds. Toddlers hear stylized animal sounds and create animal collages that can be saved to the device camera (though Android version of this function is buggy). A bonus ABC song game has a very cool built-in metronome (drum picture), but with only one beat that's a little too fast. Number and animal words would provide an additional learning boost. Giraffe's PreSchool Playground is a fun app that toddlers will love for basic letter and number name recognition.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
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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