Vocabulary development is an early learning skill that toddlers and preschoolers need to focus on. Monki Shake It is a brand-new app developed to focus on the acquisition of language for young children. Incorporating the built-in gyroscope of an iPad, this app is an interactive way of playing with words.
Monki Shake It by Monkimun is an engaging app meant for children ages 2 to 5. The app focuses on identifying pictures of given objects. Users engage with the app by twisting and turning the iPad to collect the requested items. Children will enjoy the physical aspect of having to manipulate the iPad instead of just tapping to learn.
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How the App Works:
The app focuses on five main areas of vocabulary: animals, fruits, numbers, instruments, and toys. Children explore language by identifying pictures of the objects from the previous categories. Users begin at the first level in a boat. They must steer the iPad and the boat to the correct floating instrument. Given two choices, users simply tilt the iPad to the left or to the right to collect the instrument. If the wrong item is chosen, a gentle voice redirects and gives you a second chance. At the time of this review, the first section is free with the other sections available as an in-app purchase.
The other levels available include an Arctic scene, a fruit tree, a pyramid, and the last level is an airplane that tests all vocabulary. In the Arctic scene, various different flying vehicles drop off a baby arctic animals at the top of a hill. Users must help the baby slide down the hill toward the correct parent. At the fruit tree, users shake the iPad to knock the fruit off the trees.
Then we use number and counting skills to feed the character the correct number of fruit requested. The scene allows users to shake the iPad but also asks us to tap and drag. In the pyramid, players listen to what toy the character wants, tap the toy at the top of the pyramid, and then navigate the maze by tilting and steering the toy through the pyramid maze. This game also focuses on children knowing their left from right. After unlocking all levels, children are tested on the vocabulary skills by flying a plane through a bunch of low hanging clouds. Each cloud contains an item from the game. Users must avoid the clouds with the wrong items and collect the objects that are requested. After successfully completing each game, children earn an object to keep in their playhouse. At any time children may enter the clubhouse to play with their objects.
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Monki Shake It is an engaging app for toddlers and preschoolers. The tilting and steering of the iPad is engaging for children at that age. Though I did appreciate that children could also tap and drag if they were unable to master tilting and steering. I thought the categories selected to focus on were appropriate for children at that age, and liked the variety of different words to focus on. The developer says there are 90 words available within the app. All 90 words are not available as items to be collected, some are integrated into the app like the numbers in the fruit tree or the flying vehicles in the Arctic scene.
In a Nutshell:
Monki Shake It is great for our youngest learners. Kids will enjoy the physical manipulation of the iPad, and parents will appreciate the fun way children are learning about vocabulary. The playful voices and characters are right up the alley of any toddler or preschooler in your home.
At the time of this review, the app had no ads, external links were hidden behind a parent gate, and additional scenes were available through in-app purchases.
Monki Shake It is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
RRP - Free to Try with option to unlock full version via in-app purchase
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.