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Dr. Panda's Veggie Garden

Dr. Panda's Veggie Garden

Spring 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Contributions From: Thijs Bosma
Contributions From: Lin Yan
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad

Dr. Panda's Veggie Garden is an all-inclusive farm to table app. Crops grown on this digital farm include wheat, corn, raspberries, and more. Children help Dr. Panda prepare to plant seeds by sorting tools, clearing fields, and sowing seeds. When clouds appear, children tap them to prompt rain; when crows land on cornstalks, children touch the screen to shoo them away. They discover how seeds sprout, how vegetables grow, and how farmers tend their crops. When it's time to harvest, children pick berries, process wheat into flour, and husk corn. A happy customer drives away with their fresh produce.

This is a fantastic app for parents wishing to visit a farmer's market or plant a garden with their children for the first time. Children will come away from the app with a basic understanding of a plant's needs (sun, water, soil) and threats (pests, primarily, in this app). It will give little ones an appreciation for fresh produce and, for gardeners, a preview of what's to come from the seeds they plant in early spring. Understanding where vegetables come from may have the added benefit of making them seem a more welcome addition to the dinner plate.

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