Cricket Kids: Opposites is a great game and quiz app for children aged 2-7 for teaching opposites. This unique learning experience is completely engaging and earns a Top Pick from this mom with a son just learning his opposites.Fun Educational Apps TOP PICKS
Cricket Kids: Opposites by SlimCricket is a great learning app for children age 2-6 who are just learning what opposites are. Simply tap Play, and off you go. Users are dropped into a scene with two little bugs. A flashing blue dot indicates what to touch. Simply tap the dot to begin the engagement. In the first scene, players turn on a radio to start a dance party and the word Noisy drops down. Tap the radio again and the music and disco ball disappear and the word Quiet is whispered. Each of 15 antonym pairs has its own page and own unique interactions. While some of the words are not the most common sets of opposites, the interactions are top notch.
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Children explore word pairs like Lit/Blown Out by literally blowing the candles on a birthday cake utilizing the iPad’s microphone. Users can relight the candles by tapping on them. Players utilize the iPad’s gyroscope as well. Shaking the device turns a Tidy room into an Untidy room. Put all the objects back in place to reverse the mess.
Each of the pages has a unique interaction. Additionally, children can quiz themselves with the Quiz button. Given two scenes from the various pages, players must select the correct pair of words to match the opposites. Each of the words is narrated when tapped, so nonreaders will be able to play the quiz as well.
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Cricket Kids: Opposites is a super engaging app that my four year old loved. Each set of words was cleverly manipulated and gave him plenty of opportunity for replay. For instance, playing Hidden and Found had the bugs hiding in different spots each time. Tidy and Untidy gave him lots of chances to clean up the room and Empty and Full let him control the bugs’ drinks.
The different ways the app utilizes all of the capabilities of the iPad is great too. Players use the microphone to blow out candles and wake up the bugs, use the gyroscope to mess up the room, and even use the camera to illustrate Cute and Ugly. This app is really just a great use of technology. As a teacher, I also liked that everything is narrated, even the quiz. Nonreaders can engage with the app easily because tapping on each word reads it aloud. Even the color codes help struggling learners to sort the words correctly. And as a side note, the title sequence is one of the best I’ve seen. I have a thing for neon lights.
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Cricket Kids: Opposites is a great learning app and a Top Pick for this mom and teacher. The engagement level is very high for each and every page and the replay value makes this much better than a ‘one and done’ app. Any time my son sits so long and play and educational game, I’m a happy mom!
Cricket Kids: Opposites is availabe for downlaod via the itunes App Store - iOS Universal
RRP - $1.99£1.49/€ 1.79
At the time of this review, the app contains no ads or in-app purchases, and has external links protected by a parent gate to social media and other apps by the developer.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She is a self-proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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