Jake and the Neverland Pirates Shapes app
What a cute app. There are 3 games that they can play, where one is just creating a little pirate. You can add your own photo (take it right then, or choose from iPad album); do your own voice recording and then your pirate does this cute dance. My little one LOVED the voice recording and did it over and over – it even gives pirate phrase suggestions such as “Argh!” and “Walk the Plank!”
I liked the shapes game “Twilight Treasure Hunt” that included a bit of a story, so the children aren’t just told “Do this”, “Do that”. You actually get to see the characters interact with each other, and children can tap various objects that sparkle (like Cubby’s map) to make it move. My little one (3 years old) said the “loop-dee-doopty” (“Pirate Patterns”) one was hard – the ground that the characters are walking on goes up and down adding some excitement so she got nervous figuring out the pattern, her personality I think! I really like that they have to pay attention to a longer pattern.
“Jake’s Shape Game” – the child has to complete a basic pattern and then trace the shape, which doesn’t have to be completely accurate – always a bonus! My favourite activity is for them to use more than one shape to create a shadow puppet on the wall.
The games are basic for kids to play over and over again so they can learn shapes and patterns in a fun way. A grown up can be involved, especially in the beginning to help the child out. There is a clear voice giving instructions so reading is not required. It gives the opportunity for an adult to sit with the child and go over what they are doing.
This seems perfect for children 4 -6. There are some challenges that a younger child might not get (continuing a basic pattern) but the other games they can play, even if they just tap around. They joys of little children apps is they just get told to “try again”, and they can keep on trying!
I met Lynn in MOMS Club and she has two children. One of which is the same age as my daughter and they love to giggle and play together. Lynn Hooper is also a local Mary Kay Consultant while also being a full time mom. “A lot of what the business stands for is true to my heart. Mary Kay Inc. has a foundation that donates funds to help end domestic violence and also funds research into cancers that affect women. Mary Kay also has what’s called "The Golden Rule" which means God (faith) first, family second and business third. A great principal for me and nice to know I am part of a team that believes in this too.”