Monday, September 16, 2013

Toddler Friendly Apps - Curious George's Town




As a parent, I try to limit my children's exposure to technology as much as possible. If they had their way, they could play games like Angry Birds or Sonic The Hedgehog for hours on end. That being said, my kids are drawn to my iPad like ants to sugar. If I allow them to play on the iPad at all, I want them to, at the least, be learning something in the process.


I recently was given the opportunity to review Curious George's Town with my boys...and much to my surprise, they no longer beg me to play those other games that leave them in a zombie-like trance. Read on to see why my kids and I love our latest app!



Game Activities

•Feed the animals at the pet store - Encourages problem solving
•Decorate a cake at the bakery - Counting, listening skills (taking the customer's order), color   recognition, & creativity
•Sort books at the library - Recognizing letters of the alphabet
•Clean and recycle at the park - Sorting (plus a lesson in recycling!)
•Navigate through the town square maze - Color recognition
•Collect items from the checkout at the grocery store - Counting and object recognition





What Makes This Game So Much Fun

Of course, the main draw to this game is that both of my boys LOVE Curious George, and they love any game that allows them to extend their own creativity, such as drawing (they think it is pretty cool that they can decorate their own cake in the bakery!) and music.



Not only does this app help apply and sharpen their preschool skills, but the game focuses on teaching children the important lesson of "deferred gratification". For completing the certain tasks in each game, the child earns a coin. The child then saves the coins in their little piggy bank to purchase items to expand their town at a later time. These items remain a mystery until one of the current items is purchased. As the child plays the game, they learn to plan activities, set goals, and make strategic choices.

Additionally, parents can personalize a chore chart in the parent's only section of the app and reward the child with additional coins for completing their household chores.



Bottom Line

Curious George's Town is perfect for any child learning shapes, letters, and counting! With my children, I taught them these subjects using flash cards, which can be boring and monotonous. At Curious George's Town, they get to learn through play, which keeps them a little more focused. The fact that a game rewards them for doing their chores at home is a big bonus too!



A complaint that was raised in other reviews on the iTunes website was that this game was too repetitive. While playing this game with both my 3 and 4 year old, they were thoroughly entertained for 30 minutes (which is the longest I let them play on any game), and the tasks weren't entirely the same. For instance, the cake decorating allows the child to make decisions on how to decorate. After all, children learn better with simple repetition.

Another downside to this game is that it is only compatible with Apple products, which is not a big deal to me since our family has an iPad, but I would love to be able to access this game from either my or my husband's other smartphones, or maybe even from the pc.

If you have an iPhone or iPad and a young child, I would highly recommend this game!

You can download the Curious George's Town app at the iTunes store


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Disclosure : This is a paid post. I was compensated for posting this review, however, all opinions above are entirely my own and I was not obligated to publish a positive review
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23 comments:

  1. Okay, this app looks adorable. I am definitely guilty of handing over the iPad while I try to nurse the baby or put her down, so I want to get this app! I know my girls would love it :)

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  2. I try to limit the time my toddler spends on technology. When she does get to use one of our phones, she likes the Peep apps right now.

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  3. My kids love Curious George. I will have to check this application out.

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  4. Thanks for the review. There are so many crap apps out there, and it's tough to find quality kids stuff. This looks like it will fit the bill for our lo. :)

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  5. I think my daughter would love this app! I try to only download educational apps for her too.

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  6. Thank you for the review I love Curious George's as a kid i can wait to use with my kid. thank you again for the review again

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  7. It is great to read reviews of apps before purchase! This sounds like a worthwhile investment for young ones.

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  8. Neat. I will have to look into this for my son on my ipad. My son is fond of Toddler Cars and Sesame Street on my android. He doesn't seem to mind the repetitiveness.

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  9. I'm so glad Curious George is still around. I had 2 books when I was little.

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  10. This so cute for little Kids!! I know my Nephews Wife would love to have this for her kids,when they go to see their Dad on the week-end,to keep them busy in the car!

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  11. i like the idea of the book and then tey are getting better for kids

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  12. That is so neat that they can draw on the app itself :) I think this would promote alot of creativity and learning! Thank you for the review :)

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  13. My littles would have so much fun with this!

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  14. What a fabulous app, my little one loves Curios George, and I love how this would help him get ready for kindergarten.

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  15. What great apps! My grandson would love them! Curious George is an all time favorite.

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  16. This would be great for my son who is just starting pre-k.

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  17. This would be a great learning adventure for my son who loves Curious George.


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  18. This looks awesome! My son is in his second year of headstart/preschool (he started when he just turned 3) He'd love this and I think he'd benefit from it as well!

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  19. ha! my 3 yr old would love this!!! we call him curios george all the time! he would go nuts to try this out!

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  20. I'm always worried that kids apps will get DD stuck on tech and limit creativity. Kids need nature and imaginations.

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  21. Thanks for sharing-- I loved Curious George as a kid!

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  22. that looks so neat. i love all the different activities all in one app.

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  23. My 16-month-old LOVES Curious George, but I think the little bit of the PBS show we let him watch is all the screen time he needs at this age. Maybe when he's a little older we'll look into this for special times. It does look like a more educational game than many!

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