A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Slide & Spin is an app for toddlers to practice fine motor skills such as sliding, spinning, and pushing buttons on the iPad. In essence, it's an adaptation of the classic wooden or plastic box toys for toddlers on which they tap, slide, and twist knobs to make objects pop out of the boxes. This digital version allows parents (and toddlers, with a parent's help) to record sounds that go with each object.
What's it about?
Kids simply slide, spin, or push on levers and buttons to see cute images of ducks, kittens, flowers, and other toddler-friendly objects. There's essentially one screen with which kids interact on SLIDE & SPIN (unless they get sidetracked by the "i" tab and move onto a promotional screen for other toddler apps). Parents can help kids use the voice-recording feature to create personalized sounds for playback such as "Meow" for when kids swipe the blue lever and see a kitty.
Is it any good?
This app bills itself as a toddler's first encounter with the touch pad, and that it could well be. Slide & Spin is simple enough not to frustrate little ones while being interesting enough to hold their toddler-size attention spans. The voice-recording feature that links a parent's voice (or a grandparent's, sibling's, or even the toddler's own voice) to the reward object kids see after sliding, spinning, or pushing the levers is especially nifty. Slide & Spin provides adorable, simple fun for the youngest app users.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Device: iPad
- Skills: Health & Fitness: fine motor skills, movement
Communication: listening, speaking
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
Thinking & Reasoning: making conclusions
- Price: $.99
- Release date: November 18, 2012
- Category: Education
- Size: 3.60 MB
- Publisher: MyFirstApp.com
- Version: 2.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
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