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Clifford's BIG Birthday

Clifford's BIG Birthday

Spring 2014 Mobile Apps
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Developer: Scholastic Media
Download Price: $0.99
Platform: iPad

Clifford's Big Birthday is a game app that focuses on spelling and letter and word recognition. Emily Elizabeth is organizing a party for her dog Clifford and app users are invited to help prepare for the party with a variety of activities designed to increase reading skills. As players are invited into the doghouse, Emily Elizabeth's voice prompts each activity, and the player's first job is to choose the shape of the birthday cake and decorate it. The choices are printed below the cake and voiced when tapped. After the cake has been decorated, other decorations can be added by tapping on a variety of large doggy bones that are floating around the doghouse. Banners can be selected as well as snacks, drinks, floor coverings, a picture of Clifford for the wall, and a visiting animal sitting in the window.

Once all the preparations are done, it's time to invite Clifford to come into the doghouse for more interactive party games. Clifford's mouth can be tapped to blow out the candles on the cake, balloons can be popped to spell words, a piƱata can be broken open and words and pictures can be matched. Moving from one activity to another prompts an animated loading sequence of balloons that breaks the flow of the game. Kids who love Clifford and are ready for the challenge of spelling simple words will enjoy this game.

Kristin Harris   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Kristin Reiber Harris is an artist, animator and educator who has created over 50 short form animations with a focus on educational media for young children. Her work has been broadcast on HBO Family and screened in numerous film festivals around the country. She is currently developing interactive media introducing young children to great works of art through stories. Kristin writes about her interests in kids, art and technology at

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Scholastic Media
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