We believe that learning should be fun for children. Using a simple game format, Forestry helps your preschooler develop thinking skills like problem-solving and categorizing as well as motor skills like hand/eye coordination and spatial awareness. It's a great example of "fun with a purpose," which is why we named it one of our latest TOP PICKS at Fun Educational Apps.
Forestry is an app available for both IOS and Android devices, developed by Ingame. It can be downloaded for free, with limited content; access to the complete version is available through an in-app purchase. As an added bonus, Forestry is translated into eight different languages- English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, and German. On the opening screen, you'll find the following links: play (arrow icon in the middle), autoplay (demonstrates how the games are played), languages (see above), about the game (links to social media and the developer's website), new animals (links to the App Store or Google Play to make the in-app purchase), and music (music icon to play or mute background music).
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How the App Works-
There There are no verbal directions necessary to play the seventeen mini-games in Forestry; instead, little thought bubbles appear that provide hints about how to play. Each game features one of seven cartoon animals, including a rabbit, a moose, a wild boar, a beaver, a brown bear, a porcupine, or a squirrel. The easiest games are those in which the child collects food for the animal to eat or sorts glow worms by color. The more advanced games have them chopping wood, catching fish, cultivating vegetables, or collecting honey.
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Forestry includes some very creative touches that involve the transition from daylight to darkness; also, the sound effects in the forest are realistic and soothing. In addition, I like the way some of the games build on one another. In the first beaver game, for example, the child has to help build the beaver dam by chopping and moving branches. In the second beaver game, the water that has been collected is used to give the beaver a bath.
In a Nutshell-
Forestry provides seventeen mini-games that require only two skills from your preschooler: drag-and-drop and point-to-click. Nonverbal directions make the mini-games easy to play, for the most part. The colorful graphics exceed our expectations, with plenty of clever and cute animations. If you're looking for an app that combines skill development and an enjoyable game, consider Forestry. It's our latest TOP PICK in the category of preschool game apps.
RRP - Free to try with in-app purchase $1.99/£1.49
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6 to 14. With so many choices available to parents, my goal is to share accurate information about the apps I review, so that you can make smart choices for your children.
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