Developed by Real Fun Learning, Annie’s Picking Apples 2 is available for iPad and iPad Mini. As an added bonus, the app is translated into English, Spanish, French, and German.
Annie’s world revolves around apples. She picks apples, she counts apples, she sorts apples, and she even makes apple pies to share with her forest friends. For each of Annie’s apple activities, there is a game or a puzzle lasting approximately 2-3 minutes. The easiest tasks involve sorting apples by color. Master that skill, and the next steps involve counting out apples and putting them into the Annie’s bushel baskets. Later on, there are games of skill, including catching apples as they fall and tossing apples into the basket. Throughout the app, there are “puzzle stops,” places where your child can assemble simple, nine piece puzzles of Annie and her friends. No verbal directions are provided for the games, but there are demonstrations and flashing icons that give hints on how to play.
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Annie’s Picking Apples 2 is like a pint-size version of a “big kid” app. The map on the opening screen shows exactly how far your child has progressed. Although the levels may seem easy at first, they advance in difficulty as the game progresses. By the end, your child will no doubt find the games rather challenging. My favorite ones are those that involve machines for washing and sorting the apples. Children can learn how simple pulleys and levers work, and how a spring-loaded platform can send apples flying through the air.
Annie’s Picking Apples 2 has adjustable settings for the timer and for the speed of the action in each game. Although not specifically designed for special needs children, these settings can be modified to make the tasks easier for greater success. This feature is unique and not available on many other apps for children.
Overall, I like the concept for Annie’s Picking Apples 2; for me, it's more than a simple math app. The graphics and the gameplay generally meet expectations, even though I think some of the games are quite difficult for 3-6 year olds. The Parent section (portal protected) has a wealth of information about the design of the games, and is a must-see for parents.
Annie’s Picking Apples 2 is availabe via the iTunes App Store - iPad and iPad Mini
Note to Parents:
At the time of this review, Annie’s Picking Apples 2 provides a safe, secure environment, with no access to social media, no ads, and no in-app purchases. Web access to the developer’s home page and the iTunes store is available from the portal-protected Parent’s page. Parents can be confident that their children’s privacy is protected when using this app.
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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