Robot Picnic Preschool by Chubby Bubby is a universal app, designed with young children in mind. It features two slightly silly robots who like to fly around in their jet propelled boots. They ask questions, covering eight different skills including:
- color recognition
- shape identification
- object counting
- design patterns
- sound patterns
Questions are presented in random order, in groups of three; after the third question is answered, the child gets to pick two food items to go in the picnic basket. After answering a total of nine questions, the robots get to take a break, and it’s “Picnic Time!” Their picnic basket is filled with the food your child chose for them. After eating, they show their appreciation by burping (loudly), and then it’s back to work.
Combining robots and picnics is a creative combination; I wouldn’t have thought of it myself, but it seems to work. Because the game runs on an endless loop, even young children can manage it independently. I appreciate that the questions are both spoken and written, helping the child make a connection between the two, even at a young age. I also like that they are written at a level appropriate for young children: “Can you count these bugs?” “Can you pop all the purple bubbles?” Correct answers are rewarded with positive comments (“Couldn’t have done better myself,” “Good job,” “Right on”), while incorrect answers are given a second chance (“I don’t think so,” “Try again”). One of the skills presented in Robot Picnic Preschool that I don’t typically see in other apps like this is imitation of sound patterns using three or four different tones. I find that many preschoolers can benefit from practice on this particular skill.
Robot Picnic Preschool is an app to consider if you’re looking for preschool enrichment. It covers many of the essential skills children need, although I found some of the vocabulary to be rather obscure (words like argyle and gingham). Children will enjoy the antics of these likeable little robots, and since there are two of them from which to choose (a boy and a girl), the app is equally appealing to both.
Robot Picnic Preschool is available for download via the iTunes App Store - Universal App
Want to try before your buy: Free Lite Version available
Note to Parents:
At the time of this review, Robot Picnic Preschool provides a safe, secure environment, with no web connections, no links to social media, no ads, and no in-app purchases. Parents can be confident that their children’s privacy is protected when using this app.
Julie Peterson is a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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