Shapes are one of those important skills that preschoolers develop and practice early in their education. While quiz apps are great for this, Tino the Triangle is a really fun way to reinforce these shapes skills.
Have a look:
The story follows Tino as he becomes part of each animal and sees what they do. He becomes the ear of a cat, the tail of turtle, even the face of a frog. He also sees the danger of each animal! From sharp claws on a cat, to a pecking beak on a bird, to prickly hedgehogs – Tino needs to beware of the hazards of each.
This app is easy to use. The default setting is for children to tap the words to have them read, but this can be changed to autoplay in the menu. Kids tap the words to hear them read, tap the animals to bring them to life, and tap the triangle to move on. The story advances as the child finds and taps on the triangle on each page. Each page has several animations that fit the story beautifully.
At the time this review was published, the free version gives you three pages of the story to experience. Seven additional pages, each with their own cute animals, are available as an in-app purchase.
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There are several small details that I loved about this app. For me details show that the developer is really thinking about what users want. To begin with, page advancement is not just an arrow. Children have to find and tap the triangle on each page to continue the story. I love the shape skill reinforcement here, and that it is different from other eBooks. While the triangle is in the same place on each page, as an adult I loved the creativity of the artist as he draws the animals around the shape. Also, I loved that the pages were in a different order. The story always begins and ends with the same pages, but since it’s a nonlinear story, the animals are in a different order each time you read it. This makes the story a different experience each time. Plus, the animals are illustrated in a way that is bold and fun – and totally appealing to young children.
Overall, Tino the Triangle is a great book to add to your digital collection. The interactions are purposeful and engaging and will be a hit with the under age 6 crowd. Additionally, as a parent, I love books that teach a skill – and Tino certainly does that.
Tino the Triangle is available for download via the iTunes App Store - Universal App
Give it a try, it's Free to try
with option to unlock full version via in-app purchase
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, a special education teacher, and a technology coach. She is a self proclaimed nerd with a passion for incorporating technology into education and you read her findings at The iLesson Lady.
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