What parents need to know
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 kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- making conclusions
- using and applying technology
Health & Fitness
- fine motor skills
Engagement, Approach, Support
Slide & Spin is colorful and engaging. It provides simple fun, cute images, and a good first iPad experience. It's simple enough not to frustrate little ones while being interesting enough to hold their attention spans.
Toddlers intereact with a touch pad, develop fine motor skills, and discover voice recording. They can also learn a cause and effect lesson: If I move this object on the screen in a certain way, then a surprise appears.
No need for tutorial. The simple, one-screen gameplay keeps toddlers focused on basic, first-app learning.
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.
Families can talk about...
Help your toddlers record their own sound effects for some of the reward objects, or record your own.
Name the reward objects as they appear, so your toddler can practice vocabulary and naming, too.