Playroom-Lessons with Max is an educational app from lgromatic. It’s designed with pre-school children in mind. What it offers that’s just a little bit different is the way in which parents are able to protect children from inadvertently gaining online access while using the app.
The Max in question is a little kitten and he’s the star in the five games contained within the app. Designed to re-inforce early learning skills, the five games involve a search for hidden toys, matching, colour and number recognition, puzzles and memory.
Possibly the best part of this app is the game where a pair of shelves are presented with identical toys on each. The mischievous mouse knocks the toys down and the user has to replace the toys on the shelf in their original order. Users can see the other shelf for help in checking the order. The toys move into place with a tap. This is a great game for concentration and observational skills and is a little bit different to things I’ve seen before.
There’s a lot of control which allows parents to record their own voice as an encouragement tool, or for controlling the general app settings and access to internet. The parental control is a nice touch as it involves parents solving a simple addition problem before access is permitted. The addition problem changes each time.
The graphics are attractive, Max is an engaging lead character and the little mouse that makes appearances throughout as a little ‘helper’ is also very cute. The background music is quirky without being interfering and for those pre-schoolers eager to learn, it should provide plenty of stimulation.
Playroom – Lessons with Max is available for iPhone iPod and iPAD. It is $1.99 on App Store.
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Today’s app is reviewed by Iona Burchell. Iona is a wife and mum of two. She is a freelance writer, and has written for online and print media in a range of subjects varying from education to sport to travel. You can find her blog at www.redpeffer.me or tweet @Redpeffer.