Hello Meerkat by Tiny Twiga Studios is a multi-faceted app with several different activities for users to explore. With a Read and Play option, as well as a Goodnight, Learn, and Count activities, children will enjoy exploring the animal world with these cute little creatures.
The Read and Play option of this app can be set with autoplay on or off. With autoplay on, join Meerkat as he plays hide and seek with you as you visit the zoo. Players must tap on the Meerkat to advance to the next page. Visit giraffe, koala, lion, kangaroo and wallaby, orangutan, tiger, and zebra learning about the mother and baby. Listen to a sweet rhyming narration (also controllable in the menu) on each page. Tap each creature to hear its noise. At the end of the story, put each animal to sleep by tapping on it to shut its eyes. This option is also available as the Goodnight activity. A dark and quiet screen appears with all of the animals. Put them to bed as a cute night time routine.
In the Learn activity, the same pages of the book are available with stars throughout. Tap on each star to learn a new fact about each animal. From its location in the world to the name of the baby animal, each page has facts perfect for your young one. In the Count section, children count to 20 by tapping on the Meerkat who continues to play hide and seek near his burrow. You can control the speed of the Meerkat in the menu section.
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This app is a super cute little animal app geared for toddlers and preschoolers. My four year old enjoyed putting the animals to sleep and learning about the animals. Younger children will find the interactions and sound effects easy to engage with. With the autoplay on or off, parents can control the pace of the story - and ultimately, users have to tap on the peek-a-boo Meerkat to advance. The Learn section has simple facts appropriate for this age group. I also liked the Goodnight section. It's a quick and easy way to wrap up the app as bedtime draws close. The animations are cute, the popping Meerkat is slightly addicting, and the story is sweet.
Overall, children in the two to six range will enjoy experiencing the various animals in this app. From reading, to learning, to a game of hide and seek, this app has enough interactions and activities to keep young children busy, but not enough to overwhelm them.
Hello Meerkat is availabe for downlaod via the iTunes App Store -
Hello Meerkat HD - iPad/iPad Mini - RRP - $3.99/£2.49/€3.59 and Hello Meerkat - iPhone/iPod - RRP - $2.99/£1.99/€2.69
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This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She and her son both have a healthy love of meerkats. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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