These new educational apps featured in the KinderTown app focus on playful learning.
Puppet Pals Pocket is an app you will download for your child and end up using yourself! This app has in-app purchases for extra features; check out the Director’s Pass for the full version. We love how open-ended this app is for creating and sharing stories. Choose from the puppets in the app or add your own photos. Use a background from the app or again, add your own. Record yourself retelling and acting out (as you move the puppets around) your favorite parts of your fishing trip, family vacation or just a silly moment that you caught a picture of. Export or play your new video right from the app. Happy storytelling!
JumpStart Preschool Magic Learning is a nice collection of early learning activities for your preschooler and kindergartner. The app is simple to use with activities transitioning as you answer questions. The back button is in an easily bumpable place, but the developers thoughtfully placed a popup so children can easily get back without losing their progress. Activities reinforce letter, shape, color, number and early reading skills with question and answer style play.
Happi 123 is an app that will will be with you as your child learns to count until they are seeing challenging number patterns. The app is structured in a thoughtful way where children practice in a straightforward ask and respond setting followed by a puzzle activity using dominoes that gives them an opportunity to apply their knowledge. Get started from any of the 5 practice areas or activities in the app by swiping left on the main screen.
Little Writer is a well crafted app for writing practice. This app shapes and words to the usual letter and number practice. Tracing is supported in the app with enough leeway to not frustrate young children. Shapes include stars, diamonds (remind your child that a diamond is also called rhombus), half circles and smiley faces. Words are built letter at a time but when finished your child’s own writing labels the picture. A nice feature is that if your child is a more advanced the app does not make them wait to follow the dots, but allows them to move along quickly.