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HooplaKidz Preschool Party (FULL)

HooplaKidz Preschool Party (FULL)

Fall 2015 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 8 yrs.
Developer: HooplaKidz
Download Price: $7.99
Platform: iPad

HooplaKidz Preschool Party, a vocabulary-focused app, features a wide range of categories: wild animals, farm animals, sea creatures, birds, insects, fruits, vegetables, transportation, shapes, places, sports, occupations, clothes, and body parts. In each category, children play four simple games: Memory Match, Jigsaw Puzzles, Biggest/Smallest, and Which One is Different. While playing these simple but fun games, children are introduced to and practice category-specific vocabulary as well as word recognition. Each word is presented in verbal, written, and picture form; this allows children to make important pre-reading connections between symbols, words, and meanings.

The games may seem repetitive; however, children become familiar with the tasks and can concentrate on learning the vocabulary and skills at hand. Response time and functions work well. Progressing through the activities is intuitive and children can play with minimal parental intervention or assistance.

Parents should know that there is no "parent corner" to offer advice or settings options other than a lock to guard little fingers from exploring in-app purchases. Preschool Party offers a variety of bundling (aka price saving) options.

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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