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Why does this app deserve a Happy Face?  Tilly's petting farm HD - Shoto

Teacher Tillys Petting FarmTeacher Tilly’s Petting Farm offers a nice approach to teaching children words and vocabulary through an interactive learning app. The Petting farm theme is sure to please the little ones. This app is a story app and educational app rolled into one. The concept uses four petting farm scenes to teach children the vocabulary of animals and objects found throughout the farm. The animals and objects throughout the various scenes are all interactive and offer nice animated effects and audio when touched.

The interactivity of the app is quite simple and easy which is appropriate for the target age group. We tested this app with a three and a half year old toddler and this seemed to be an ideal age for this app. Not too easy and not too difficult either. The main menu has four scene choices. Once a scene is chosen, there are two modes of play available. One is a selection mode which teaches children the vocabulary words and the second is a series of questions which the child has to listen to and answer. The questions are based off of the first vocabulary building exercise.

Another nice feature is the menu access. In order to access the main menu or change playing modes, you need to slide a tractor icon to unlock the access. This is nice if you don’t want your child to wander away from the app by pressing buttons. It keeps the child’s attention on the screen and doesn’t allow them to be distracted with other buttons and features.

This app is Happy Face approved because it focuses on teaching new words and building vocabulary. It’s a great app to have as part of your child’s educational toolbox. The theme is fun and the illustrations are nice. If your child has trouble answering any of the questions a help indicator automatically engages to assist to make sure the child doesn’t get frustrated. We tested this app on the iPad, but an iPhone version is also available.

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Why does this app deserve a Happy Face?  Toddler Counting & Alphabet - Dinosaurs - Space Machine, Inc.

Toddler Counting & Alphabets - DinosaursToddler Counting & Alphabets by KidSpring Studio available in another theme – Dinosaurs! This app is another variation of the “Pond Life” app with a dinosaur theme designed for children learning their ABCs and 123s. It’s Happy Face approved because this app specifically focuses on the sequencing of alphabet letters and numbers and makes it fun for children to learn. Like the Pond Life version, this app focuses on a specific educational aspect of learning and delivers! The dinosaur theme may even be considered an upgrade by children.

The puzzle images are various dinosaurs and the audio ambiance adds to an engaging experience. Nicely illustrated images of dinosaurs are broken up into strips and given a number or letter, which when put in the correct sequence completes the picture. The picture then grows larger and a congratulatory graphic descends and gives a praising award.

The sound files are nicely recorded with a child’s voice which is great for the younger children to relate to and the background music is pleasant. I should also mention that there is an option in the settings to turn off the background music which can be helpful in some settings. After each image is completed you receive a digital sticker as an additional reward for completing the image puzzle.

The “Dinosaurs” theme is not exactly the same as the Pond Life version as it offers a mode of play designed for lowercase alphabet letters. The menu also offers four modes of play; Uppercase ABCs, Lowercase ABCs, Counting from 1 to 10, and counting from 1 to 20 (double row). There is also a settings screen which can be accessed from the menu. The setting button needs to be pressed and held to unlock it so it’s unlikely a child who can’t yet read would be able to view this screen. On the settings screen there are options to turn off sounds and an interesting option to enter a parent’s email address and the child’s name. This is interesting because when a certain number of image puzzles are completed a special award screen is displayed which is personalized with the child’s name. This can then be saved to the device or emailed to the parent’s email account where the parent can then print out a hard copy version of the graphic award.

Once again, this app is well constructed and will truly help children learn. At the time of this review the app sells for $1.99 and is compatible for the iPad and iPad2. It’s well worth the price if you have a toddler learning ABCs and 123s. There are a lot of apps developed for learning ABCs and 123s, but Toddler Counting & Alphabets does have a unique aspect in the sense that it does very well at targeting the sequencing aspect of learning which is one step beyond the recognition of the letter or number characters. Like its counterpart (Pond Life) this app deserves a Happy Face!

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Why does this app deserve a Happy Face?  Toddler Counting & Alphabet - Pond Life - Space Machine, Inc.

Toddler Counting & Alphabets - Pond LifeToddler Counting & Alphabets by KidSpring Studio is a wonderful app for children learning their ABCs and 123s. It’s Happy Face approved because this app specifically focuses on the sequencing of alphabet letters and numbers and offers rich entertainment for children as they learn. This app focuses on a specific educational aspect of learning and delivers! And does it well I may add.

The “Pond Life” theme is a playful theme which will enlighten any child’s day. The puzzle images are set to characters which would be found in or around a pond and the audio ambiance adds to the engaging experience. Nicely illustrated images of animals and insects are broken up into strips and given a number or letter, which when put in the correct sequence completes the picture. The picture then grows larger and a congratulatory graphic descends and gives a praising award.

The sound files are nicely recorded with a child’s voice which is great for the younger children to relate to. After each image is completed you receive a digital sticker as an additional reward for completing the image puzzle.

The menu offers four modes of play; Uppercase ABCs, Counting from 1 to 10, and two variations of counting from 1 to 20 (a single row of 20 pcs and a double row with 10 pcs). There is also a settings screen which can be accessed from the menu. The setting button needs to be pressed and held to unlock it so it’s unlikely a child who can’t yet read would be able to view this screen. On the settings screen there are options to turn off sounds and an interesting option to enter a parent’s email address and the child’s name. This is interesting because when a certain number of image puzzles are completed a special award screen is displayed which is personalized with the child’s name. This can then be saved to the device or emailed to the parent’s email account where the parent can then print out a hard copy version of the graphic award.

All in all, this app is well constructed and will truly help children learn (which is most important in my mind). At the time of this review the app sells for $1.99 and is compatible for the iPad and iPad2. It’s well worth the price if you have a toddler learning ABCs and 123s. There are a lot of apps developed for learning ABCs and 123s, but Toddler Counting & Alphabets does have a unique aspect in the sense that it does very well at targeting the sequencing aspect of learning which is one step beyond the recognition of the letter or number characters. For that alone, this app deserves a Happy Face, but with the added production value this app is a clear winner.

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