Sunday, June 30, 2013
Farm 123 ~ StoryToys Jr. (best Android apps for kids)
I was doubtful when I heard this app was a pop-up book. A pop up book on a tablet? How does that work? Take a look and you'll find out — the graphics are fantastic! It really looks like a 3D pop-up board book lying on a table. Your child can flip the pages of the book and animate the characters that pop up. Your child can also change the viewpoint with a swipe of his/her finger.
Not your average early years counting book, the interaction of this book really helps your child to solidify his one-to-one counting skills. As each animal is tapped, the narrator counts, and a green ball slides onto the screen to give another representation of each added number. As each green ball slides onto the screen, the number in the frame changes to correspond to the number of balls. Once all the animals on a page have been counted, the farmer says the final total and the animation is complete for that page. Numbers from six to ten show five green balls and five blue balls to give a clear visual of five and five making ten.
After counting the animals from one to ten, your child can enjoy seven more counting activities! The cute farmer will attract a younger audience, while the repetition and various ways that each number is presented will be beneficial for children with special needs or learning difficulties.
APP DESCRIPTION ON GOOGLE PLAY
"★ ★ iLounge Kids App of the Year 2012 ★ ★
★ ★ Editor's Choice Award, Children's Technology Review ★ ★
★ ★ Mom's Choice Gold Medal Winner ★ ★
"There's literally nothing more that we'd add to this title....one of the best number-teaching games we've yet seen for kids." ~ Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge
Includes language packs for English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese and Korean.
Kids will love learning to count as they help Farmer Jo around the farm in this magical pop-up book and game. They'll have hours of fun playing with cheeky farm animals: chasing them, putting them in the pen, and giving them a good wash!
Professionally designed with toddlers and pre-schoolers in mind, Farm 123 pays special attention to learning reinforcement through the introduction of gently progressive games that help your child cement their grasp of the numbers 1 to 10 and the core concept of sorting.
★ Just like a real book, children can turn the pages and view pop-up scenes from different angles.
★ Wonderfully illustrated, with beautiful, pop-up imagery and a charming music score and sound effects.
★ Children win stars as they progress through the games.
★ Professionally narrated in seven languages.
★ Includes 10 pop-up number scenes and 7 pop-up counting games!
Farm 123 makes learning to count a magical experience in a series of dazzling, fully-interactive scenes. See the cow jump over the moon, pigs make a muddy splash, and eggs hatch in spectacular fashion!
From StoryToys, the creators of the multimillion selling Grimm's series of interactive pop-up books."
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Be sure to check out our other great counting apps on our Top Ten Learn-to-Count apps list