Highlights Monster DayFall 2016 Mobile Apps
Highlights Monster Day is a delightfully fun, appealing app in which children aged two years and up care for one of five charming "monsters."
The monsters' routines, which mirror those of young children, include waking up in the morning, eating meals, brushing teeth, cleaning up, going to school, getting ready for bed and so forth. Mirroring these activities gives young children a sense of control and also gives them the opportunity to care for someone else. Independence and empathy are both critically important development skills that are best learned by modeling and experiential learning.
The app features five monsters, sixteen scenes, and thirteen activities, each of which practice and hone a variety of important skills. For example, children can practice hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness in a whack-a-mole-style game or fine motor skills as they pump air into a balloon. The age appropriate activities are simple to perform and satisfying to complete. Children can push down the lever to toast a bagel, recognize and name food items from pizza to sticky rice, giggle as the monsters' eyes follow the tempting morsels, and have a pillow fight where "exploding" feathers mimic falling cherry blossoms. The minimal sounds effects are relevant to the scene and content. Child directed play is central to the app's appeal and success.