I have had this app on my wishlist for a long time but had forgotten about it. Free TODAY ONLY, Pettson's Inventions is the first of a serious of apps that challenge children to create working machines that solve problems. 27 unique problems, some with Rube Goldberg type solutions, make this a brilliant Thinker's Keys app for kids in the classroom. If you are a teacher or a homeschooler, download this app today to get a taste for the series and then collect them all!
All of the parts are laid out on the side of the screen (with a few spare parts that do not get used, just to make it challenging!) and kids simply drag the parts into place to make the machine needed. Parts will bounce back to the side if they are in the wrong position which means the inventions are not entirely impossible to create. Cogs are awarded upon achievement of every level with the final reward being to send Pettson's cat, Findus, into space.
My 9yr old son said it was too hard, while my 7yr old daughter (with an intellectual disability) persisted and managed to complete some inventions with little help. Go figure! Perhaps it is more about perseverance and determination than instant gratification. Your children will get a lot out of this app, and even more if you share it with them. Please do not miss this free app opportunity, for the sake of your kids.
APP DESCRIPTION ON AMAZON
Help Pettson and Findus build their inventions! In this tricky game you should help building these clever inventions. You need to figure out which ones of the objects should be included and where to put them in the machinery.
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"A great puzzle game for families to enjoy together, full of funny animations and encouraging dialogue any kid will enjoy." www.apptudes.com"
Drag and drop the objects to their right spot and watch the invention start. For every invention finished there will be a reward of a cogwheel. When you have finished all the inventions a special invention will be unlocked where you will help Findus fly out to space! Pettson’s Inventions is a pedagogic app that practices logic and stimulates creativity for preschoolers.
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Cas invented an incredible sandwich once with vegemite, peanut putter and tomato sauce. Incredible is possibly not the right adjective to describe its taste.