Josh & Emma Go to the Beach



Kid-friendly educational story, but a bit too simplistic.

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Ease of play

Putting items in the characters' buckets is as simple as touching the screen. There's no dragging necessary.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Josh & Emma Go to the Beach is an educational app for very young kids focusing on reading and basic math. The story is read aloud, but words are not highlighted as they're spoken. The heart of the app is helping Josh and Emma put common beach items, such as shells and starfish, in their bucket -- and the app counts the items as they're picked up. Children can also touch items on screen to have them described (i.e. "the sun is hot and yellow").

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Josh & Emma Go to the Beach means well, but when judged on its educational aspects, it falls a bit short. There are plenty of less expensive (and free) apps that teach just as much or more. The graphics that accompany the story are nice, but children aren't likely to be engaged more than one or two times. At a lower price, Josh & Emma might be worth a look, but if you're searching for an app that will keep your children's attention and teach them something more than the most rudimentary skills, you can do better.

App details

Release date:August 15, 2010
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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