Little Blue Jackal is a bilingual app. In addition to an interesting story, it also teaches kids Spanish.
The story starts with the little jackal trying to run away from a village after being caught of stealing food. He fell into a bucket of blue paint and his entire body turned blue. Looked distinct, he was asked to be the king of the jungle…. till one day the animals found out he was just a jackal.
The app is designed to have three levels:
Level 1, the story is read in English. When kids tap on the pictures on each page, the corresponding words are read aloud in Spanish, and both Spanish and English words show up on the screen. If the children want to hear the word again, they can tap either the Spanish word or the English word. There are 50+ Spanish words through out the app.
Level 2, everything is the same as Level 1, with the addition of short conversions in Spanish between two birdies Chirpy and Tweety. The two birds are on every page, and kids can learn 25+ conversational Spanish phrases. English translation is available for each phrase.
Level 3, the story is read in Spanish, with English written translation below the Spanish. If kids want to hear it be read in English, simply tap the English sentences. The short conversions between the two birds are also available.
There is a Glossary list and 4 games. Each game uses Spanish in certain ways to share fun facts about the animals or to reinforce what the kids learn from the story.
A unique feature I have not seen in other apps is the Sleep Mode. In Sleep Mode, the recorded story is played continuously with no visual pictures. A nice feature to put kids to sleep.
I like the moral of this blue jackal story: how we look does not change who we really are. The Sleep Mode can be handy for busy parents to help kids calm down before going to sleep.
I don’t expect kids learn a lot Spanish with this app, but the bilingual features add great value to this app. I particularly like the 3-level design of the Spanish features. No matter what level the kids are at, they can pick up some Spanish from the Little Blue Jackal.
Designed for kids 10 and under, Little Blue Jackal is available for iPAD only. It is $1.99 on App Store.
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There is also another cute app to teach Spanish body parts and clothes in English and Spanish, it’s Kiko and Kids for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kiko-and-kids-body-clothes/id574369611?ls=1&mt=8
My kids play with it all the time.
thanks for recommending the app. It is on my list now, will take a look!
What a lovely app to help kids learn Spanish whilst having fun. The perfect way to create motivated learners. I wish there were more apps like this, for kids and adults alike!
There are actually a lot good educational apps. Just need time to find them! 🙂 The challenge is there are just as many apps that are not kids friendly, we have to sift through the app store to find the good ones.
I think I may tell my sister-in-law about this, for my nephews. It sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing!
make sure tell her come visit here after Thanksgiving. I may have some to giveaway.
Thanks for the review. I’m downloading this app right now for my girls (to complement their Spanish class).
It is a good app. Hope the girls will like it.
I’m gonna buy it to myself 😀
Enjoy! I enjoyed it, and learned some Spanish!
My daughter is trying to teach her son spanish–this is a cute way to at least make it more fun! I have forwarded this post to her. Thanks for the review!
There is another very cute learn Spanish App for children, you might want to check it out HERE.
Nice to meet you, i am from Indonesian^^