If you’re looking for a clever kids’ learning app to help inspire your kids to clean their rooms, then you’ll wan’t to check out this wonderfully peculiar iPad Books app packed with fun music, graphics, characters and an imaginative storyline. AzawhistleKids (by Leslie Hendry) is an original story about a red-headed, freckled–faced boy named Tejas, and his calm and wise, yoga-practicing, terrier dog named Lollipop. When Tejas finds himself overwhelmed by his extremely messy room, he begins to cry, but Lollipop comes to the rescue and helps him learn ways to relax, take charge, and then follow through to help everything “find its home,” — as well as the importance of a tidy space.
The music is playful and the aqua/sherbet orange/white graphics make it fresh and fun to look at. The only options to read this story are to listen to the compelling British narrator or to turn off sounds and read alone. Some parts of the book have more animations than others, and it was the silly interactions and sounds on the first page in this kids’ learning app that sucked me into this story. All narration is well done, and many of the interactions revealed pleasant surprises hiding on the TV screen and wall art (over the couch) on the first page. To turn pages either way, tap the “orange paws.” There’s a convenient index to get to any of the 30 pages (by tapping on Lollipop to reveal).
But this kids’ learning app (iPad book) isn’t just about listening to a story (or reading), there are some fun activities that will require kids to respond and participate, either by pondering and answering questions to help kids understand that everything has a home: “What lives in the closet?” — “Where Do the Toys Live” — and “Where Do the Dirty Clothes Go?” One activity even takes advantage of the iPad’s accelerometer for added fun while reading this story. I enjoyed seeing Tejas’ room clutter sliding from one side of the screen to the other. Another activity used multiplying text bubbles. When you tap on an item, it says the name of the object and a text bubble appears (with the name the object) to show how clutter grows and gets bigger, but the cool thing here is that kids can tap on the object and the bubbles disappear one at a time. These were all fun, but my favorite learning activity was putting the clutter away. Kids have to move the objects from the floor to their correct homes; “bling” sounds and “boop-boop” sounds tell kids if they’ve found the right home or not.
This AzawhistleKids, kids’ learning app takes the drudgery out of cleaning and turns it into a fun task. I love how the developer threw in silly made-up words like “mashpotatoeing” and “Supertidydosalicious” into the mix. Kids always love that. This is a wonderfully imaginative kids’ learning app for the iPad that not only encourages tidiness, but provides some good behavior examples that will help kids deal with everyday life — calm and focused.
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