Our back garden used to be part of an orchard. Which means a.) built-in football goal-posts for my kids, and at some point b.) a cottage cider-making industry for me. Yum.
There’s no cider in The Orchard by HABA, which is a good thing considering it’s a children’s app. But there is lots of healthy fruit, and an inventive way of helping children practise their shape and colour recognition skills.
The app is actually based on a board game from the 1980s with the same name. It gets your child to try to collect the cherries, apples, pears and plums from the virtual orchard before a mischievous raven called Theo gets his beak into them.
“Orchard is mainly orientated towards enhancing the child’s awareness of colours, forms, and of course fruit and vegetables from all over the world,” explains the app store listing.
“The child plays directly against Theo the Raven. When it’s the raven’s turn, he creeps a little closer, or starts one of many mini-games. This loosens up the course of the game, and creates moments of surprise.”
(We don’t get any ravens in our garden trying to scrump our apples, although the constant danger of being stunned by a swerving football is probably the reason for that.)
Anyway, The Orchard is a neat and well-crafted app that offers stress-free fun for kids aged three and above. No surprises there: developers Fox and Sheep and Honig Studios were involved, who know their app onions. Not that onions are in this orchard…
The Orchard by HABA costs £2.49 for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store.