Busy Shapes by Edoki Academy is hands down, one of the coolest kid’s games I have played to date! I LOVE everything to do with Children’s Media and will often find myself just browsing kid’s games, books, apps, and tv shows. The other day, I came across this little game that didn’t look too exciting or familiar but I decided to check it out.
Hands Down, One of “The Greats”
What did I find?! One of THE best apps for kids that I’ve ever stumbled across; even I enjoyed playing this game. Not only was it incredibly fun, adorable and unique, but it is SO EDUCATIONAL. Busy Shapes has a Montessori approach to learning and is being called “The First Digital Playground” by one educational app review site.
Since playing this game, exploring the features, and doing my research, I have become passionate about all that this mobile application has to offer and I am excited to share what I’ve learned! I will explain how this game fits into the section of the Ontario Kindergarten Curriculum that highlights innovation and problem solving. Through examples, I will demonstrate how Busy Shapes inspires innovation, how it explores problem solving and why every parent or adult who is working with children, will love it!
Learning through DIGITAL play: If Jean Piaget had an iPad
So many people think that for children, screen time is “bad”, that games are “addictive”, that digital media is “unsafe”. While it’s been proven that learning through play is the best way for young children to learn, why wouldn’t that include the digital playground? I wholeheartedly believe in the benefits of children’s media, when it is used as intended. There is so much for children to learn through the increasing use of technology.
Check this out: Monument Valley – available through the App store
A little while ago, a friend introduced me to a game called Monument Valley. I downloaded it to my iPad and I love it.
To play, you have to use your brain to solve challenging puzzles. In the game, you are (helping) Princess Ida and you must figure out how to make the proper path for her to complete the level. This may include stepping on buttons to make new paths or using your finger to drag the paths around if they have circles that stick out or levers. The game looks realistic but it is also optical illusion.
In my favourite level Ida meets some type of block friend and he follows her all through the levels and helps her.
There is also a secret witch which will tell you words of wisdom to help guide you.
There are only a few levels available but you can buy the Forgotten Shores levels to continue your adventure.
Monument Valley has won many awards including the 2014 iPad Game of the Year. Check it out at monumentvalleygame.com or on your App store.
Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
Both because it’s fun and you have to use your brain to solve the puzzles!
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I visited Nebraska in July. I used an iPad Travel Triposo Nebraska app to recommend places that my family should visit. Then we compared our findings to what they said in the app.
The app tells me that it is the “worlds best zoo” and I agree.
The Wild Kingdom Pavillion was so cool. When you walk through, there are bats flying all around you. The app lists the animals you will see here.
In the Desert Dome, all the animals can roam freely, except the poisonous and deadly ones. Under the Desert Dome, you were deep underground and it actually felt like you are in a cave. The app says there are beavers and crocodiles swimming under you, and there were!
At the zoo there’s the Scott Kingdom of the Seas Aquarium. It is similar to Ripley’s aquarium except it is smaller and they are penguins. You can see the penguins underwater swimming. It is so cool.
Verdict: 8/10 — The app was very helpful. It has tons of details and describes the place well.
In downtown Omaha there’s a park with a huge slide. There is art everywhere with two waterfalls and a pond and lots of catfish.
One evening we went downtown where there were lots of kids going down the slide. The people brought wax paper for the kids to sit on so they can go really fast down the slide. When you go really fast, you can catch a bit of air. I think it was one of the funest things to do in Omaha. It was also free.
Verdict: 4/10 — The app does not tell you how great the place is and how much fun it is for kids.
Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
The app is completely educational. It was helpful for me because it listed fun things to do and the maps directed us to the right place. It was a bit wordy for a kid to read. I think it needs more photos and videos.
Remember the days when classic Disney movies were in 2D and shown in theatres? It seemed like just yesterday I was sobbing during The Lion King in theatres for the first time. Well times have changed and Disney has brought magic into the air! Don’t believe me? Introducing Disney Animated, an app which allows users to explore the world and stories Disney has showcased for many decades — all within the touch of an iPad.
Disney Animated is a fusion of Disney Interactive, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Touch Press to create an interactive storytelling experience. This app has many programs and features including a collection of classic Disney movies with their images and information — crossing many generations, from Snow White and Seven Dwarfs in 1937 to present-day feature Frozen in 2013 — adults and kids can relive their favourite Disney classic. This app allows users to witness the visual development, music component, and character designs from each clip from their favourite classic film.
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