Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Phonics, Handwriting, The Alphabet, Colors, Number Sense, Shapes, Sorting & Patterning

What we like best:

Several games in one mean this app teaches almost everything your preschooler will want to work on—shapes, letters, puzzles, counting, colors, matching and more.

What you should know:

The games don't increase in difficulty or have a definitive stopping point; so players may lose interest. Skills practiced are chosen at random, which prevents the ability to focus on troublesome areas for kids.
Full Review:

Hone a wide range of preschool skills with this jungle-themed app, featuring a cute monkey looking to fill out his lunchbox. Bright colors, kid-friendly graphics and recognizable images (such as fruit) help children intuitively understand the rules of the game.

Once the set-up is complete, little fingers can easily manipulate the controls and play indefinitely, which encourages independent play and problem-solving. The level of difficulty is perfectly suited for young preschoolers; the monkey celebrates correct answers, but shakes his head at incorrect guesses. Don't fret about kids getting frustrated though; this app avoids that trap by allowing children to guess until the correct answer is chosen. Once a child completes three games in a row, he earns a virtual sticker, incentivizing him to tackle more challenges.

The app features a varied mix of games, covering a whole host of educational topics and ensuring that little learners won't get tired of the same activity over and over. While the game doesn't increase in difficulty, the engaging nature of each activity means kids will likely play this app long past the preschool years.

Reviewed 2012-09-30 on iPad iOS5 by Tia Benjamin

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Price:$0.99 – $1.99
Topic:Key Grade Skills
Platform:Apple, Android
Publisher:THUP Games