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Eli Explorer

Eli Explorer

Spring 2015 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Developer: Colto
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPhone/iPod Touch

Eli Explorer is a language-learning app for young children aged two to five years; it features a flying bunny, Eli, bright and colorful animations and cheerful music. It is designed to teach toddlers and preschoolers 100 words and phrases, their meaning, and correct pronunciation. Within the fixed number of interactions, children direct Eli to a variety of locations in order to explore his neighborhood, the forest, and even a mountain cave. Although we found the pooping in the bush "surprise" more repugnant than rewarding, some children may applaud. The app also features a section just for parents which includes information on how to play, suggestions on playing with children, and information on the app's creators. The app is available in 10 languages, which may extend the learning with foreign words.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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