The creative team at Nosy Crow has done it again – produced an app which shows an intuitive understanding of how young children learn through exploratory play. The title sums up the app perfectly – enjoy a plethora of games with Axel Scheffler’s adorable characters Pip and Posy.
There are five games, each with a subset of differentiated activities which are guaranteed to keep an early learner engaged for hours whilst developing a range of vital skills.
In the Colouring Book, choose from 7 Pip and Posy images, using a crayon, brush or fingers depending on your mood and dexterity. Select from a palette of 12 contrasting colours, or use the blank canvas and pencil to draw your own picture. When you have finished, save your image to share and keep.
Jigsaw Jam offers 3 levels of difficulty, with each level using the same images. Puzzles increase in detail and complexity with the number of pieces and the level chosen.
Make a Face is possibly the greatest fun you can have with an in-device camera– make cross, surprised, monster, sad, happy, worried and laughing faces. Take a picture of yourself, mount it in an ornate Scheffler frame and save it for posterity. Create a whole gallery and use it to talk about what makes us feel happy, sad, cross or worried. But this is not just fun – it is also about developing empathy and learning to read body language.
Spot the Difference with 11 pairs of detailed pictures each containing 5 differences, will challenge the skills of even a focused scrutineer. Matching Pairs, with 3 levels of the game ranging from 4 to 12 pairs, will develop memory skills and strategic thinking.
Encouragement and prompts are offered using children’s voices. The quirky music reflects the character of Scheffler’s images perfectly to create an experience which is genuinely multi-modal in its approach to supporting early learning. It is an essential addition to the digital library of every young child.
Age range: 2 – 5
Educational value: co-ordination; matching; shape recognition; same/different
Fun rating: 5/5
Educational rating: 5/5
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