What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that most of TALKING TO TODDLERS is about sit-down time with little learners to build vocabulary through reading stories together and talking about everyday objects and activities. Kids can work on the jigsaw puzzles and matching games on their own if they're at that skill level (most younger toddlers won't be), but there's a dialogue box at the end of each game asking if they want to challenge a friend. Clicking "yes" prompts an email template promoting the app. There's no way to turn this off.
Is it any good?
With nine stories in one app, TALKING TO TODDLERS is a pretty good deal. Focusing on everyday objects and basic activities, it will remind you of the way you sit down with kids to read Richard Scarry books like Cars and Trucks and Things That Go; there's a lot of pointing and chatting as you go. The "let's talk" section is good for parents who may forget that toddlers like repetition and descriptions of simple tasks and observances -- the teacher who wrote Talking to Toddlers sure remembers.
Impatient kids who like lots of things to tap on (and are the sort to take over your devices instead of sitting next to you to enjoy them) will have a harder time getting into this one. And parents who walk away while their child is working on the puzzle or the matching game will notice they get stuck with an annoying dialogue box at the end that tries to sell the app to your friends so they can try to beat your fastest time -- a concept toddlers probably won't grasp anyway.