Kids! is a virtual playground where animals bounce around, fish swim in and out of sight, bugs do cartwheels, and baby birds hatch out of eggs. For being the kind of app that toddlers love, for being colorful and kid-friendly, Fun Educational Apps gives Kids! a Top Pick.
Kids! by Polygon Play is divided into four different scenes: Puzzle Aquarium, Bouncy Castle, Flower Swing, and Feed the Phoenix. Each one has a slightly different way of making its characters move, but they’re all equally fun. In the first three scenes, putting together a simple 8 piece puzzle gives the child that animal to play with. In the fourth scene, the child feeds the phoenix some fruit; in return, the phoenix lays an egg out of which pops a baby bird. The free version has a limited number of animals to use in two of the scenes; with an in-app purchase (IAP), it is possible to unlock the content of the entire app.
Sometimes it helps to “see” an app through the eyes of a child. Here are some of the actual comments from one of my students: (I) make him (the bear) bounce. Go up and down. Watch this (when the animal moves). ( He’s) still bouncing. (I) make the fishie bigger. (The) fishie swim away. Come back now. Oh, he’s swimming away again. (He’s) back again. What’s that (animal)?
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What I love most about Kids! is its intuitive understanding of what language development is all about. Let me use the analogy of a children’s picture book that has no words written on its pages. Kids! has no words in it, but it’s potential for stimulating language is incredible. It allows the child to use his OWN WORDS to tell about what’s happening. I love the sentences tumbling out of his mouth; he loves making the animals bounce and do somersaults. If that’s not a win-win situation, I don’t know what is.
Often, parents ask me for a recommendation for a good first app for beginners. Kids! is a slam dunk good choice. This app is perfect for children, age 2 and up, who 1) show interest in the iPad; 2) can use their pointer finger to make a plus sign (up and down; side to side); 3) can sit still for 2-3 minutes; and 4) can recognize some basic vocabulary. Kids! can help improve your child’s expressive language, visual tracking, part-whole spatial integration, focus and attention, and fine motor control. All that wrapped up in a fun little app.
Kids! is available for download via the iTunes App Store - Universal App
Give it a try, it's free to download … if you like unlock full content via in-app-purchase for 2.99 US$
Julie Peterson - I am a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs. For this review, I relied on the expertise of two of my youngest students who helped me discover how much fun it is to make animals bounce.
About Polygon Play
Polygon Play is an independent mobile developer specializing in iOS games. Our portfolio includes several kids’ apps and a few games designed for older audience. All our apps have been built with Corona SDK.
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