Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

 
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Playful app uses fruit to teach toddlers and preschoolers.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game requires touching items and using simple drag and drop. Each activity starts with short verbal instructions, but younger children may need some parental guidance to understand what is going on. There is only one level of play throughout, so younger users will find some of the tasks more challenging, while older users will find some too easy. Parents can't select which activities are available to play -- they appear randomly.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Monkey Preschool Lunchbox is a cute and simple educational game for young children. The game cycles through a variety of activities such as matching, counting, finding the item that's different, choosing the item that starts with a certain letter, and assembling a small puzzle. If a child successfully completes the tasks, the animated monkey claps his hands or does a flip. If the child makes a mistake, the monkey shakes his head. After each few activities, children can choose a sticker to add to their collection. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • letter or word recognition

Math

  • counting
  • numbers
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • solving puzzles

Communication

  • listening

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids are engaged by the bright colors and by the silly monkey who shakes his head for wrong answers and does flips for correct ones. There's enough variation to keep things interesting.

Learning Approach

Each activity starts with short verbal instructions on puzzles about basic preschool concepts like colors, shapes, fruits, counting, and bigger/smaller. Digital stickers reward perseverance, not correctness. Repetition reinforces concepts.

Support

Parents can't select which activities are available to play; they appear randomly.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • letter or word recognition

Math

  • counting
  • numbers
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • solving puzzles

Communication

  • listening

Kids can learn basic preschool concepts like colors, shapes, fruits, counting, bigger/smaller, and solving simple puzzles with Monkey Preschool Lunchbox. They don't have the ability to select their activities, so they can't focus on areas where they need help, but they probably won't mind cycling through all of the games. There isn't much depth to Monkey Preschool Lunchbox, but it is engaging for the young kids it targets.

This Learning Rating review was written by Christy Matte

What's it about?

The star of Monkey Preschool Lunchbox is a silly monkey who presents a series of activities to kids, including a memory game, puzzle, and comparison game. He celebrates when they get a correct answer and shakes his head when they don't. The game simply cycles through these activities, stopping every now and then to reward kids with a virtual sticker.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

MONKEY PRESCHOOL LUNCHBOX is an engaging app for toddlers and preschoolers. It teaches and reinforces very basic skills (counting, matching, find the difference, etc) in a fun way and has enough variation to keep things interesting. The activities are presented randomly, which does not allow a parent to select the activities that would be best for their child. The music can become tedious after a few rounds, but that's more likely to bother Mom and Dad than the kids. The only thing missing is an obvious end point in the game, which continues to cycle through indefinitely.

Families can talk about...

  • Help preschoolers practice counting objects around the house. When possible, make the counting purposeful -- how many forks you'll need for dinner is one idea.

  • Help reinforce basic colors by planning a "green day" or "yellow day," for example. Kids can wear the color, eat food that color, and look for the color in their environment.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$.99
Release date:May 11, 2010
Category:Educational Games
Publisher:THUP Games
Version:1.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.0 and up

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent Written byHuliHoust January 16, 2012
 

My son LOVES Monkey Preschool Games!

My 3 year old loves this app! It teaches color and letter recognition, it also has puzzles. The 1st time my son played he was breezing through questions, so I downloaded Monkey Math Sunshine. With Monkey Math kids learn number recognition, sequences, basic math skills (most &least) and adding. He loves doing both games and they keep him entertained. We just downloaded our third Monkey Preschool game, When I Grow Up. Very fun & educational games!
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Parent of a 4 and 6 year old Written bymikenlei March 8, 2011
 

Nice app for little kids

I downloaded this for my 4 year old. He really enjoys playing the various games. As a parent, I enjoy the fact that there aren't any annoying and repetitive sounds to endure and the graphics are well done. My son enjoys the app quite a bit and it holds his attention span. Of course, he is only 4 so his attention span is only so long, but it's good for a little bit of fun learning.
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