MIXIMAL

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Mix and match animals for some silly, multilingual fun.

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age 2+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn about how many animal combinations they can make with only three variables. With good support from parents, kids also can work on picking out syllables of animal names to decode how the animal combo names are generated. A color-coding system that matches each animal section to its corresponding syllable helps with this a bit. When kids vary the language options and focus on matching animal parts, they'll also learn some animal names in up to five foreign languages. Though it's mostly about having a good time, MIXIMAL does have limited learning potential best reached with a grown-up.

Ease of Play

Kids will easily jump right in to swiping left and right to create new animal combinations.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MIXIMAL is a simple app based on those traditional flipbooks that allow kids to mix and match animals. Kids swipe through three sections to create silly animal combinations or match all three parts of the same animal. Each section, and each completed matching animal, comes with a little animated movement. Kids also can tap to see and hear the animal's name segmented by syllable. This function is available in five languages: English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian.

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Parent Written byErin F. March 4, 2017

mix and match 11 animals

options are: elephant, kangaroo, dinosaur, penguin, pelican, koala, flamingo, mosquito, gorilla, monkey, & crocodile. With each mix & match, yo... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Animal drawings are segmented vertically into three parts. Kids swipe left and right to scroll through different animal heads, midsections, and bottom sections. Combine the head of a crocodile with a gorilla's chest and a flamingo's legs, for example. Tap to see and hear the name of your animal: Croc-ri-go in the case of the croc-odile, go-ri-lla, flamin-go. Each animal section makes a little movement, and there's a silly animation when kids match all three animal sections.

Is it any good?

Cute graphics, silly animations, and a large number of ridiculous animal combinations make for great fun and lots of giggles. A sweet rendition of traditional flipbooks, it has an added twist of sound and animation. The language options are a nice touch for kids to work on segmenting syllables or learning animal names in other languages. Though there are a good number of available animals, making for even more possible animal combinations, the appeal may be limited: There are only so many times kids will want to mix animal parts and laugh at what they've created. A photo option would be nice so kids could capture their creations, and some space for commenting on or describing these new animal combinations would round out the game and offer some ways to keep kids more engaged. Yet, overall, it's is a sweet and entertaining game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what kids create. Ask them about the animal they've made with the bird's legs, the bear's torso, and the elephant's head. What can this animal do, where does it live, what does it eat, how does it move, what sounds does it make, and so on?

  • Explore the animals' names, both the silly versions and the completed real ones. Help kids segment the syllables -- for example, by clapping -- and decode the name combinations. Explore the real animal names in foreign languages and learn something new together.

  • Have kids draw or create their own animal combinations on paper or with craft materials.

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