Timmy Tickle. Because who wouldn't want to play with an octopus?
Like most kids, my preschooler likes action. Especially when it comes to apps.
Surprisingly, she now counts a mellow octopus among her favorite digital friends, and goes back to his animated storybook time and time again.
a narrative and more an interactive collection of learning activities
for the preschool set, Timmy Tickle
is all about happiness. He starts
out looking glum, but as kids are prompted to help him do all kinds of
things like count balloons, play the xylophone, wash dishes, play dress
up, play a guessing game, and stay upright on roller skate, he cheers up
more and more.
Tickle him and the giggling and suction-cupped wiggling
gets infectious... as does the "raspberry" sound used when your child
chooses the wrong answer. We've had some interesting sound effects
around the dinner table because of it.
The xylophone activity is the best because it actually teaches kids how
to play a few songs--"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and "Three Blind
Mice" among them--using subtle orb effects to show them where to tap.
Kids can also create their own music by tapping the bars in any order
kids finish up the narrative side, they can head to the paint side
where eight different scenes are just waiting to be filled in. A "magic
paint" option chooses the perfect color combinations for you, which
might be a good option for younger users who don't have the patience to
switch colors on their own. Finished artwork can be saved to your photo
roll and shared via Facebook and email.
Not having "page turns" is a plus, considering my kids don't always
realize that some lag time can come with transitions. Kids missing parts
of the narrative is definitely a minus, since interacting with Timmy
prematurely without waiting for the narrator to kick in makes the
voiceover stop automatically. -Pilar
Download Timmy Tickle for iPad on iTunes for $1.99.
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