Thinking about letting your little one play with your phone or device?
Not sure which games would be beneficial…IF ANY?! I can help.
Below are my reviews of the games that I have tried (I filter them out before my daughter plays them) and think my child could benefit from in any way.
Game app reviews for children on smartphones:
ElmoCalls & CookieMonster Calls-they “call your child” and will teach them things like eating healthy, everyday chores, colors, and so much more. You get a few videos for free, but can buy more in the app. (For Android and Iphone).
Body Parts For Kids– Once you touch a part of the face (or whichever part of the body you choose- nothing wierd, COMPLETELY child proof!) that single feature will stand out and say which one it is. So, say you touch the eyes, the rest of the face will fade away and only the eyes remain and it voices the word eyes.
Fruits and Vegetables For Kids– Each fruit and vegetable in the game is visually and verbally identified.
Shapes & Colors Sorting Games– This is THE ONE that my 19 month old daughter learned her shapes and colors from…and is currently working on learning animals and the appropriate environments that they live in. AMAZING APP! You can play a few of them for free, but this one was worth the few dollars to upgrade.
Shapes & Colors For Babies– This is a great one for learning shapes, colors, and sizes. The free version is great, but this is another one that my daughter really responded to, so this one I paid a few extra dollars for the upgrade-totally worth it!!!
Potty Training Game– this is an adorable bear that you can manipulate around his house with things like playing with toys, petting his cat, but then there is a big signal that he has to use the restroom. You have to make the bear go through the bathroom door, go sit on the toilet, once he is done you have to grab toilet paper and flush, and then he must wash his hands. A cute way to help get your little one excited for using the bathroom and see exactly what they need to do.
Peekaboo Barn Lite (free version)- This one makes an animal noise as the barn is closed and then they have to choose one of three animal pics. Once they choose the correct animal according to the noise the animal makes, the barn doors open and they can see a cartoon pic of that animal.
Bubbu My Virtual Pet
you must feed the cat, bath him, brush his teeth, dress him...pretty much all the everyday activities they are learning to do already.
Highlights Shapes– This was one is awesome because once they match the shapes and or colors, some animation will occur to keep their attention. Great find, and plenty of playing FOR FREE. Of course you can always pay to upgrade and get more features.
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Talking Tom– I really wanted to love this one, BUT, this app was great until I saw the mild violence. It is really cool because you can help the cat do everyday things, and it will repeat back things you say to him, BUT when you actually touch him it acts as though you are hitting him. I am working on building empathy and respect for human beings of all ethnic backgrounds, so ANYTHING of this sort is not okay with me.
My Talking Angela– Same exact issue as above. Was a really cute and awesome app until I saw the mild violence when you touched her, she acted like you were hitting her. No bueno in my books, so unfortunately my daughter could not enjoy this one either. It would be a great app if they would just change that one thing. My worst fear is for my daughter to grow up thinking that she can disrespect people by hitting them and think of it as a funny thing to do. NOT OKAY!
Talking Ben– ANOTHER super cool app with great graphics and fun with being able to make them talk, feed them, etc. BUT, when you tap on the body of this Talking Ben, he acts as though you are beating him. So, unfortunately, not allowed on my daughter's device.
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