Where's Mommy?

Common Sense Media says

Simple image quiz game with a lot of potential uses.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

This is about as simple as it gets. Touch the animal indicated by the verbal prompt. The game keeps prompting until you get it right. The tools for adding your phone pictures and voice are easy as well.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Where's Mommy? is an app that acts almost like a set of flash cards. The game prompts the user to find a certain object in one of the tiles on the screen. When the object is found, it's marked off with a green check mark. Incorrect responses are temporarily marked with a red "X" until the correct answer is found. The game continues until you correctly identify all of the objects on the screen. The app includes a set of animal pictures and prompts, but they aren't particularly high quality. You can delete those cards entirely or re-record the prompts if needed. In order to create your own cards, you'll need a device with a microphone (internal or external).

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • naming
  • speaking
  • vocabulary

Math

  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • hypothesis-testing
  • memorization
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • combining knowledge
  • imagination

Communication

  • presenting

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will like the audio match to graphic game, but the ones who discover the camera and audio record will go wild with learning and creativity.

Learning Approach

Simple concept improves learning exponentially through the ability to add pictures via device camera and record audio associated with each graphic.

Support

Even record and camera mode are simple enough for preschoolers. Ability to group new images into folders would improve usefullness. Image packs extend learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • naming
  • speaking
  • vocabulary

Math

  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • hypothesis-testing
  • memorization
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • combining knowledge
  • imagination

Communication

  • presenting

Kids can learn to apply information matching up spoken words or phrases to a collection of images; they'll also memorize vocabulary in the process. Kids can choose images stored on the device as well as download developer packs. Kids learn to speak and present information by creating a recording for each image. Where’s Mommy's easy customization options give parents the power to guide their kids' learning experience in this clever sound-and-image-matching app. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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What's it about?

Preschoolers tap "Play Game," and the fun begins! The recorded voice asks kids to touch or find the snail or the blue circle, for example. The image is covered with a green check for correct matches and a temporary red one for incorrect. Parents will have to help the littlest ones to choose and add images. When they tap a particular image in this mode, the Record, Play, Keep, and Remove buttons encourage kids to create their own recordings.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

WHERE'S MOMMY? is easy to use, flexible, engaging, and free. It isn't plastered with ads, and it looks pretty good. What makes the app powerful is that you can add your own pictures and voice prompts. Use this to teach a new language, basic reading (take pictures of actual words), flags from around the world, or whatever else you can take a picture of (including you!). The only thing missing from this app is the ability to create a group of cards around a particular topic. This simple app is a winner in terms of usefulness and value.

Families can talk about...

  • If you think your child is ready, cover the basics of framing a picture and holding a camera still.

  • Suggest 12 thematic photos of familiar items (count up to one screen's worth), then let them test their memory. Take pictures of unfamiliar items and really test their memory!

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:April 12, 2011
Category:Educational Games
Publisher:Pitashi! Mobile Imagination.
Version:1.1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later; Android 1.6 and up

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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