Gingham Games

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:The Alphabet, Counting & Numbers, Colors, Shapes, Patterns

What we like best:

The retro graphics are out of this world—parents will love them!

What you should know:

The app plays only in “portrait mode,” but with artwork this stellar, it would be nice if games could be played in expanded landscape view.
Full Review:

This blast-from-the-past app is unique in the attention it pays to art and design. The games feature gorgeous vintage graphics and simple games that reinforce preschool basics. There's an alphabet apple toss, a "ducks in a row" counting game and a "catch a shape" activity featuring an old-fashioned boy fishing in a stream.

The chubby, rosy-cheeked children appear to be modeled on illustrations from children's books of the 1930s and 40s. The setting is the ideal rural America of the near-past where kids ran around barefoot in the grass and it was always summer. The ambiance of this app will appeal to parents and grandparents alike, who will appreciate the break from the intense stimulation found in many children’s apps. The activities are quite simple and somewhat repetitive, but that's perfectly OK at this level. The attractive interface is likely to encourage adults to get in on the game play, giving the app an added educational bonus—kids learn better and faster when parents are interested and involved.

While wistfully nostalgic, the particular time and place evoked with the design of this app may not appeal to all families or be appropriate for all classrooms. It's a rather narrow and sentimental vision of childhood, but a lovely one nonetheless.

Reviewed 2013-01-24 on iPad iOS6.0.2 by Roberta Munoz

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