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Spring 2010 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Artist: Aaron Leighton
Designer: Davin Risk
Developer: Stefan Arentz
Producer: Jason Krogh
Developer: zinc Roe design
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPhone/iPod Touch

Zinc Roe design offers a suite of bright and colorful apps for the youngest user/learners. Tickle Tap Toddler Pack - a best buy for $4.99 - includes (alphabetically of course) Count Caddy, Field Flier, Pattern Painter, Sort Slider, and Sound Shaker. With its welcoming continuity of voice and characters, this age-appropriate playful prologue is deliciously intriguing to those eager to learn. Although we'd love to see more levels of play and have the challenges increase as the child's appetite for learning grows, this fistful of apps offers a charming introduction to learning anytime and anywhere.

Sort Sliderfor the youngest children just stepping into shape recognition, the Sort Slider is a simple app that shows two shape silhouettes on either side of the screen with a full color shape in the middle. Children tilt the iPhone to the right or left or use their fingers to drag the shape in the middle to silhouette it matches. The artwork is simple and background music pleasant. Once a shape is matched it brings up another set of shapes and this is the only function of the game. Occasionally a cheerful puppy pops up and barks in recognition of a successful match.

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