A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Intro to Colors, by Montessorium takes color and breaks it down into the simplest elements for kids to explore, Montessori style. The keys to color -- primary colors -- begin a kid's color journey on this masterful app. Then onto secondary colors, shades (or "gradients"), a blank canvas where kids can mix primary colors to paint anything they'd like, and a whimsical seek-and-find color game that encourages kids to notice color all around them in their environment.
What's it about?
From the main screen, tap on Primary, Secondary, Gradients, Paint, or Search (five language options). Tap Primary and watch as red, blue, and yellow tablets appear. Shake the device to scatter and drag to match the colors, along with other reinforcement games. Verbal and visual cues teach color names and tell kids what to do next. There are activities for secondary colors and shades, too, all with clear instructions. The canvas page allows kids to free paint. The color search game is easy seek-and-tap.
Is it any good?
INTRO TO COLORS is yet another winner in developer Montessorium's line of Montessori-inspired apps. With just a little help from a grown-up, these basic introductions and exercises to primary colors, secondary colors, and shades are suitable for very young kids. The seek-and-find colors game includes modern, zany grayscale illustrations splashed only by the colors kids are asked to find. It's also fun for kids to free paint and mix primary colors to make new ones on the blank canvas. Spinning the rainbow color wheel and dragging to reorder seven shades of one color from dark to light helps kids focus on each color. There's no option for sounds to be turned off, which may be distracting to some users. Still, a marvelous way to introduce kids to color.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, naming, vocabulary
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, part-whole relationships
Tech Skills: digital creation
Creativity: making new creations
- Price: $4.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: June 18, 2013
- Category: Education
- Size: 113.00 MB
- Publisher: Montessorium, LLC
- Version: 1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
For kids who love creativity
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