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Bug Games HD - by Busy Bee Studios

Bug Games HD - by Busy Bee Studios

Fall 2012 Mobile Apps
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Artist: Michael Bruza
Developer: Mitchell Cichocki
Producer: Susy Christiansen
Developer: Busy Bee Studios
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad

Busy Bee Studios, winners of a 2011 Parents' Choice Award for Zoo Train, bring us another fun and colorful app for preschoolers with Bug Games HD. The app offers four learning areas for children including music, phonics, counting and puzzles. In the music section, children can click on three smiling crickets to have them sing nursery rhymes, or they may select the song from an icon the screen and the crickets will sing the song in harmony. The phonics section allows children to spell out three letter words by matching letters at the top of the screen to a letter appearing in a flower. As each letter is placed, the app says the sound of the letter aloud. When all of the letters for the word have been placed correctly, the app sounds out the word phonetically and then as a complete word. On the counting screen, users connect the dots on a spider's web in the correct numeric order to make pictures. And lastly, in the puzzles area, children rotate different pieces of an ant's tunnel until everything is positioned correctly to allow the ants to go from the top to the bottom of the screen.

Bug Games has a very intuitive interface that makes it easy for preschoolers to pick up and play. The songs and sounds are fun but subtle, and the graphics are engaging, making this a smart selection for younger children.

Jessica Hensley   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Jessica Hensley is a web designer, yoga and fitness enthusiast and proud mother of two very active young boys. She has been working with family and educational websites for over 12 years.

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