A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
Visit a snowy playground with LUMIKIDS SNOW, EARLY LEARNING PLAY FOR KIDS. Throw snowballs, ice fish, or roast marshmallows to feed to snow creatures, or choose from three mini-games: One introduces letters and asks kids to trace them, another resembles hide and seek where kids must remember where creatures are hiding, and the third has kids build a simple slide contraption just so to allow a penguin to catch a balloon. The second two games build in complexity as kids keep playing. Parents get weekly emails with information about their kids' activity in the app.
Is it any good?
Fun kid-friendly graphics combine with a small set of simple but thoughtful activities. Those activities display a big range of quality and complexity. Some, such as ice fishing for random objects, snowball throwing, or marshmallow roasting, are only quick taps to have fun or get a giggle. Though the letter game is a very superficial introduction to letters, kids can learn letter names and practice tracing them. The other two games give kids some simple practice exercising cognitive skills such as memory and logical problem-solving. As kids progress, they get more challenging and are the most interesting activities in the app. Overall, LumiKids Snow, Early Learning Play for Kids is a safe, supportive environment with no penalties for wrong answers and lots of positive encouragement. Though with only two activities with any depth to them, kids may quickly exhaust everything in the app. Parents who are interested in this free app may want to look at the whole series to give kids more variety and keep them engaged, but that's easy since they're free!
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what kids are doing in LumiKids Snow, Early Learning Play for Kids to draw attention to the skills they're practicing. How did they know where to find the hiding critter? What's the best way to bounce the penguin so it catches the balloon, and why?
Encourage kids to practice with letters. Name each letter and give examples of the sound or sounds it makes. Talk about words that begin with that letter. Make the letter as many ways as you can think of -- for example, trace it, construct it with toothpicks, or draw it in sand.
Play offscreen games that challenge kids' thinking. Have them sort or match (for example, match clean socks), play games that require attention (such as memory), or get them using fine motor skills (puzzles, beading, block play, drawing).
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, memorization, solving puzzles, strategy, thinking critically
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: December 10, 2015
- Category: Education
- Topics: Numbers and letters
- Size: 51.50 MB
- Publisher: Lumos Labs, Inc.
- Version: 1.0.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
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