Bamba Post Office- Delivering Fun to your Preschooler
Bamba Post Office, by Mezmedia, is available for the iPad. It begins with the basics- pick a gift and a box. You can also tuck a short note inside. Next comes fancy paper in which to wrap the box. Add a bow and a card and the gift is ready to deliver. While many of the options at this stage are expected, a few are totally outrageous, and they are sure to tickle your child’s funny bone.
As part of their commitment to safe kids, Mezmedia has chosen not to display external ads or offer in app purchases (IAPs). They do show the other Bamba apps in the opening screen, but after that, there is no additional opportunity to click on outside links.
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One of the best features in all the Bamba apps is making unexpected and silly choices. In Bamba Post Office, while sending a ball may be fun, sending a can of worms is hilarious. As parents know, this is the kind of humor children ages 2-4 enjoy. Another clever touch is the option to add your child’s picture to the list of gift receivers. When an app offers personalization, the entertainment value skyrockets.
From an educational standpoint, this app can be easily adapted for therapeutic purposes. Some of the questions/probes I might use include: “Tell me what you put in the box.” “Where is the ball? It’s in the box.” “Which do you want, blue paper or white paper?” “What will go on top?” These questions may sound simple, but they’re very challenging for some of our youngsters with special needs.
Some children will want to make careful and thoughtful choices for their gifts. They wouldn’t dream of putting anything on or in the box that doesn’t belong there. On the other hand, many children will relish the idea of plunking a hotdog on top instead of a bow. This app allows for both types of play- serious and silly. For it’s creative value and its ability to provide different types of fun, Fun Educational Apps awards Bamba Post Office our latest Top Pick.
Bamba Post Office is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad and iPad Mini App
Julie Peterson is a speech/language pathologist (SLP) working with children ages 6 to 14 who have special needs. This is the kind of kid-friendly app she likes because of its usefulness in developing language skills while at the same time being fun and silly.
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