Educational psychologists have studied how preschoolers learn, and they have identified certain skills that are directly correlated with higher achievement later on in school. These skills include working memory, reasoning, and problem-solving. Thinking Time Pro is an app that teaches skills every child needs in order to become a better thinker. Fun Educational Apps names Thinking Time Pro a Top Pick; it does for the preschool brain what exercise does for the preschool body.
Thinking Time Pro by Kiko Labs is available for all IOS devices. The app comes in two versions. A free version, called Thinking Time with Kiko, is available with limited content to show parents how the app works. Thinking Time Pro is the paid version in which all the games are activated. Parents can establish a profile for each child (up to four profiles per app) so that progress can be charted over time. Each game features Kiko, a cute little cartoon fox, or one of her friends- a dog, a giraffe, a lamb, or a bear.
Have a look:
The games are ingeniously simple:
- Repeat After Me- Instructs children to imitate a visual sequence that gets progressively longer
- Analogies- Asks children to pick the correct type of ice cream to complete the pattern.
- Sort the Objects- Instructs children to sort by only one characteristic, while disregarding the other characteristics.
- Follow the Rules- Asks children to pick a treat based on what the animal likes
After completing a circuit (all four games), the child is rewarded with a fish sticker to be added to the pond.
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In early childhood classes, we learn about the importance of thinking skills like patterning, categorizing, and ordering. What is amazing is the way this information has been adapted by graphic designers in consultation with software engineers to create an app like Thinking Time Pro.
In the world of tablets, some apps are designed for learning while others are designed for playing. Thinking Time Pro has found the sweet spot where these two purposes overlap. At Fun Educational Apps, we give Thinking Time Pro high marks for knowing what skills to include and how to keep children interested in playing the games. We highly recommend you check out Thinking Time Pro, our latest Top Pick in the category of preschool apps for children ages 3-7.
At the time of this review, Thinking Time Pro provides a safe, secure environment, with no web connections or access to social media, no ads, and no in-app purchases. Information shared by parents, including email addresses, location, children’s ages, and performance data is collected and used for research purposes.
Thinking Time Pro is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
RRP - $4.99/£2.99/€4.49
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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