There are lots of fun play-apps for toddlers on iPhone and iPad, and a lot of educational apps too. Very few manage to nail both: truly entertaining and educational apps, rather than being entirely silly or overly po-faced. Jellytoons Toddler Skills: Bobo’s Birthday Challenge fits the bill, though.
It’s the work of a new UK developer called Mindshapes, which was set up by some of the people who founded Facebook games company Playfish – there are echoes of the latter’s Who Has The Biggest Brain? in the Jellytoons game too. It stars a collection of colourful characters – the titular Jellytoons – who introduce six fun mini-games designed for 18-36 month olds.
They’re all easy to grasp, and have been designed to subtly test your child’s ability to match shapes and colours, observe objects and count from one to ten.
Their progress is tracked and charted so you can see how they’re doing – the app is designed to be used in short bursts regularly to help in this regard – and there are virtual stickers to reward your child for sticking with it. What stand out are the production values: it looks a cut above many rival apps, with real character to the animated Jellytoons.
I’m looking forward to more instalments in the months ahead already.
App Store Link: Jellytoons Toddler Skills: Bobo’s Birthday Challenge (59p)