With Dominic now interested in his iPad as much as his older brothers are I am constantly in search of new games that will keep him interested while still being educational. It’s hard to find something for a two year old – most of the education kids apps are targeted for preschoolers and older. I recently tried the Smarty Preschool Adventure App, which is fairly new to the Apple App Store.
Smarty Preschool Adventure focuses on four categories: Colors, Matching, Counting and Shapes. This app is truly geared towards toddlers. The games are designed to be intuitive. The main screen is a hill with three houses and a variety of trees and flowers. Clicking play will take your child through a series of games from all categories. Picking a house will allow them to choose specific games. Games are unlocked one level at a time, as your child correctly completes each challenge a new one is unlocked. As they play children will also earn rewards which will allow them to plant new trees, water and care for their plants.
Dominic’s favorite games challenged him to “shake” shapes from a cloud, then put them back in like a puzzle, sort items by shape and color into different trucks and connect the dots to create a shape, then fill it in with the correct color. The games were simple for him to grasp and he picked up on them right away.
The app supports up to three users and features a parent dashboard that will allow you to access progress reports for each child.
What we love:
- The colorful, playful characters and animations and fun sounds
- The interactive loading screens
- The intuitive game styles for children as young as two years
- The simple rewards system that allows children to customize the home screen by buying new plants
- The option for multiple users
- The parent dashboard and progress reports
My only complaint is that the app omits any instructions. This was great for Dominic, who hates to sit through screens full of words, but it one game (connect the dots to make a shape) we did not realize right away the shape had to be filled in with the correct color, so it took a little poking around to figure out how to progress to the next screen. If I could make a suggestion, it would be the addition of small help button that would allow parents to access instructions.
Otherwise, is a fun app, perfect for kids just learning to sort, identify shapes and colors and count.
It is available now on iTunes for free,s o grab it here: Smarty Preschool Adventure
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