A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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'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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, letter or word recognition
Math: counting, numbers, shapes
- Skills: Communication: listening
Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, solving puzzles
- Price: $1.99
- 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
For kids who love preschool games
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