What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- producing new content
- combining knowledge
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
Simple concept improves learning exponentially through the ability to add pictures via device camera and record audio associated with each graphic.
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'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?
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!