What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Toddler World is an educational app that contains basic games made for the youngest app users. Kids can see, hear, and learn vocabulary with flashcards that have colorful pictures and voice-overs with the name of each picture. A tracing game lets kids trace capital letters and shapes with their finger to make a green line appear over the image. There's a memory game, and a colors quiz, too. No ads or links to buy other apps appear in this paid version of the app.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
Engagement, Approach, Support
While somewhat engaging, parts of the app do not guide toddlers adequately. Some learning can happen on Toddler World, but so can frustration and errors.
Kids see and hear vocabulary with flashcards that have colorful pictures including the name of each one. There's also a memory, tracing, and colors game, although not all are appropriate for the target age.
There are large turning arrows on the flashcards' screen, and other easy visual hints; still, to get the most out of the app, parents will need to offer a lot of support during gameplay.
What's it about?
Toddlers and their parents choose from seven activities: Learn Alphabets, Learn Colors, Learn Shapes, Learn Vehicles, Draw n Learn, Find a Match, or Colors Quiz. Tap on the activity, and either view the app-style flashcard and tap through arrows to hear each related word or, in games, tap on the appropriate icon to match the balloon color or penguin card. In Draw n Learn, a letter is shown and kids can trace anything they want over it.
Is it any good?
TODDLER WORLD offers some good basic skills work, such as names of shapes, colors, transportation vehicles, and the alphabet. For many toddlers, however, some of these games -- such as the matching game or the tracing game -- could be a stretch of attention, skill, and dexterity. Those particular games may be better suited to young preschoolers.
Even more concerning, though, is the lack of constructive feedback in the app. When kids choose an incorrect color, for example, they don't hear the name for the color the selected, and they aren't reminded which color they are looking for. In addition, the tracing game is not accurate enough to be very useful. To get the most out of the app, parents will need to offer a lot of support during gameplay.
Families can talk about...
Guide toddlers' use of Toddler World to ensure they understand the correct answers on quizzes and activities and to avoid frustration and misunderstanding.
Encourage your toddler to trace letters in other concrete ways, such as in sand, bubbles, and flour.