The Trip - Little Critter GamePak: Don't go on Vacation without It!
The Trip- Little Critter GamePak is a new app by Silver Dolphin for the iPhone, the iPod touch, and the iPad. It contains two separate sections, GamePak and Digistix. In the GamePak are dot-to-dot pictures, a match game, simple mazes, a counting game, a digital paint by number activity, and a bonus game. Added to that is a completely separate Digistix section. Digistix are digital stickers that the child can
move around the screen and place in the outlined spots. The activities here include matching, puzzles, creating vacation scenes, letter matching, and picture poofs (animated digital stickers with sounds).
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The Trip- Little Critter GamePak is a perfect blend of those adorable Little Critters and enough age appropriate games to keep your little one engaged and occupied during extended “stay in your seat” times. Headphones might be a nice touch so that your child can enjoy the fun music and goofy sound effects while others in the immediate area would be spared. Having two separate sections also makes it easier to hold back part of the app as a special surprise for the return trip. My favorite activity of the entire app is picture poofs. In this portion, the Critters come to life; they giggle, they jump, the cow moos, the mosquito buzzes, the grasshopper hops, and the car beeps. A note to parents: there is an in-app purchase in the Parents’ section that links to a companion app, The Trip- Little Critters Reading Adventure (also reviewed).
As a wise parent, you are already collecting special items for your child’s vacation activity backpack. I installed the The Trip- Little Critter GamePak on both my iPad and my iPhone, because I wanted to see if the smaller iPhone screen made it difficult for chubby fingers to use. The dot-to-dot pictures and the color match paint-by-number drawings were rather small on the iPhone. If you are going to use it on this device, you may need to help your child when the pieces are hard to grasp. The rest of the games seemed to work pretty well. On the iPad, the activities were perfectly sized. Overall, this app is an excellent choice and one of our Top Picks for vacation fun.
The Trip- Little Critter GamePak is available for download via the iTunes App Store - Universal App
Julie Peterson is an educator currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14. She remembers Color Forms and dot-to-dot activity books, which pale in comparison to the Little Critter GamePak.
Remember, many kids will see their iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone or iPod Touch as a gaming device, but with your help they can get much more out of it. Help them turn their iDevice into a fun learning center!
Disclosure: This review was move up the waiting list priority-services. All opinions expressed are purely that of the author.