Eli Explorer offers open-ended play to young children. It is an app for toddlers and preschoolers. Kids can freely explore in the forest, on the mountain, and at the cute bunny Eli’s home. I love it for its open-ended play. There is no levels, no rules, just exploratory play. Isn’t this how young children learn?
When kids start the app, they will see the little bunny Eli sleeping on the cloud. Kids can wake up Eli by tapping on the screen. To guide Eli move around, kids can either drag him, or simply tap on the spot they want Eli to be.
While Eli moves around different places, kids will meet different characters: the monkey who sells drinks in a tree house, Eli’s mom cooking in the kitchen, Mr.Fish taking a bath in the bath tub, a band inside the mountain, a snail walking across a bridge, …
Of course, kids will also discover many interesting objects: apples and pears on the tree, mushrooms and flowers in the forest, hot air balloon in the park, birds on the tree, …
Around the exploration, kids will learn language and communication while Eli talks to the characters he encounters. He asks “water please” to get a drink from the monkey; he says “Hello Mr. Fish” to the fish in his bathtub; he compliments the sister’s dress, and asks mom “what is the food” she is making. There are about 100 words and phrase kids will learn from Eli while he flying around.
Besides simple words and phrases, kids will also learn numbers and counting, simple music notes.
Kids can use the app with one of the 10 languages: English (US and UK), Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Japanese.
Eli the Explorer is a fun app for young children. As the developer said, it is a digital toy for kids to explore and learn at their own pace, and this is exactly how we want our kids learn.
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Looking for more open-ended play apps for kids? You will love Toca Kitchen. There is a free app too.