The Multipets The Four Seasons by Dream Made app is designed for children aged two to six. It is a completely wordless app, making it universally accessible. The app is split into four stages, each focusing on a different season. At the time of this review, users get to try the spring season for free and must purchase the other seasonal stages in a single in-app purchase.
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The Multipets are a cast of characters that are animated on each screen by a simple tap. Find hidden interactions in each scene. Click on the star to enter the mini-game. Each seasonal stage has three unique games that have some connection to the season. In the spring users must grow plants from seeds, find given objects in the night sky, and solve hermit crab puzzles. In the summer, children must seed and slice fruit, follow a smoothie recipe, and dress characters for the beach. In the fall, children must sort fall items, can food for the winter, and search for ocean animals. In the winter, children put together toys for the holidays, feed hungry bears, and dress the characters for winter.
Each of the games can be replayed as many times as children want. Each scene is fully animated with additional interactions to be found by tapping on the screen. Children can navigate back and forth between scenes by using the arrow keys.
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I'm not going to lie, I'm a little biased against nonverbal apps. I feel that having a script or dialogue can really help augment the children's learning. Given that, this app is most appropriate for the toddler crowd. The mini-games are fairly easy to figure out, and with parent guidance, are easy to play. Most of the games simply require some click and drag action. Most children will only need to be shown how to play once, and then should be independent with play. While most of the activities directly correlate to the season that they are found in, there are a few that don't connect as easily.
Overall, Multipets The Four Seasons is a bright and colorful app geared toward young learners. It's nonverbal mini-games address seasonal ideas in a simple way. Though sometimes the connection to the season is a little hard to figure out.
Multipets The Four Seasons is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad
RRP - Free to try with option to unlock full version via IAP
At the time of this review, this app had no ads. It does have an in-app purchase and external links found behind a parent gate.
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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