Jake’s Never Land Pirate School App from Disney Jr. is really cute. It offers itself (tongue in cheek I think) as Pirate ‘School’ borrowing from other school themed Apps, it has various leveling games laid out in a school room structure.
Your child can take classes in:
Sailing: a motion activated game where the iPad is tilted from side to side to navigate a ship’s path.
Pixie Dust: a maze game where kids collect little clouds of pixie dust along the way until they make their way through the maze. There is an emphasis here on tracing shapes.
Music Making: a fun interactive experience where the player chooses an instrument they’d like to play with the band and then a short snippet is recorded for them to play back.
When each level is complete, your child earns gold deplumes to dig up and collect which reinforces counting from 1-9. When all the courses are finished, a very cute digital pirate diploma is awarded. Ahoy to you.
In comparison to other educational apps out there, this app really feels like more of a fun activity book rather than an actual leveling educational app. However, while playing the game, kids learn following instruction, shape identification, counting within 10, and gain pre-writing tracing skills. My 3-year-old had a lot of fun with it which of course makes it a great app for that dreaded plane ride or rainy day.
Jake’s Never Land Pirate School is available for iPhone, iPod, and iPAD. It is
FREE $2.99 on App Store.
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Today’s app is reviewed by Elizabeth Wolf. Elizabeth blogs about parenting, culture and travel at LeMaisonLoup.com. You can also find her on Twitter @WolfBetty