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Trains - Byron Barton

Trains - Byron Barton

Spring 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Developer: Oceanhouse Media
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad

From the opening screen, the train is ready to go. Using simple clear images, objects that can be moved, read-aloud text, and elegant shifts in sound perspective, young train watchers can see and hear words used in context. Here is a steam engine puffing smoke. The caboose is last. Electric trains have wires.

Listen carefully as the workers are moved along the track, watch how the scene changes when passengers seats are changed. When one car is moved to pass another, a horn honks in warning. In an exquisite age-appropriate lesson in safety, no vehicles can be moved across the tracks at the railroad crossing. Trains is an example of beautifully executed child powered learning.

Claire Green   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Claire is president of Parents' Choice Foundation and cofounder of Sandbox Summit®. She looks for toys and media that will unleash children's interests, and celebrate the fun of learning.

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Oceanhouse Media
Available on iTunes

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