I love fall and everything having to do with it. Finding quality Halloween apps can sometimes be difficult though. Not true with Room on the Broom. This is my new favorite Halloween app, and the latest Top Pick from Fun Educational Apps.Fun Educational Apps TOP PICKS
Room on the Broom is from developer Magic Light Pictures Ltd. and based on the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler - creators of The Gruffalo. The app can be used in conjunction with the book to support learning and extend the fun.
The app has no verbal directions at all. However, it is intuitive enough that any age child can play. Simply swipe sideways on the main menu to scroll through a beautifully illustrated rhyme summarizing the story. Tap on any of the games to begin. There are eight fun games for children to enjoy. Players can fly from star to star, connecting the dots to create pictures. In another activity, players place their own stars in the sky to create pictures. Users can also help Bird, Frog, and Dog find the hidden objects in scenes. Cat needs help catching items that are flying by in the wind. Players also need to feed the hungry dragon by helping him catch treats in his mouth. Last, children can drive the magnificent broom to collect letters among the stars to spell words.
Each game has three levels and certain requirements that must be met to earn bronze, silver, and gold medals. The games are infinitely re-playable and gorgeously illustrated. The almost three dimensional quality of the images fits nicely with the theme music, creating an overall high quality app.
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To begin with, this app is beautiful. I loved the sideways scroll through the story instead of a normal menu or page-by-page layout. I also loved the freedom most of these activities allowed. Each game had its purpose labeled in the title, but were easy to figure out without any other directions. Especially in the star-by-star and create your own dot-to-dot, children had the freedom to fly and move all over the screen. In the find the hidden object games, the items were hidden in one of ten-ish different places that all released an animal, insect, or other animation as they were tapped. The dragon was my son's favorite. His terrible manners if he ate something he didn't like sold that game hands down. I liked driving the magnificent broom to catch letters the best - but admit my son was better at it than I was.
Overall, Room on the Broom is a Top Pick for its beautiful illustrations, outstanding games, and creativity. It is the perfect Halloween app for children aged three to seven. It isn't even a little bit scary and focuses on a good witch instead of any of the scarier fall themes. I loved this app so much, that I'm probably going to need to go buy the book now!
RRP - 4.99/£2.99/€4.49
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She loves fall and everything having to do with it. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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