Reviewed by Mary
i Learn With Boing: Savannah Adventures! works on math skills for children age 3-6 years and includes counting, number order and addition.” The “i LearnWith” program from Canadian developer Tribal Nova is a cross-curricular, game based series of iPad apps that work on school readiness for children aged 3-6 years. You can play the apps as a “guest” or create a profile that allows the app to track the child’s progress, provide rewards and create a personalized learning path for each child to work on. i Learn With Boing: Savannah Adventures includes 3 games – counting with meerkats, number order with frogs and calculation with ostriches. The meerkat chef is making soup with somewhat unusual ingredients. A chopping board shows the ingredient he is about to add next e.g. 2 bananas or 5 lollipops, other meerkats pop up and down from their holes holding boards with numbers on, if the child taps the correct number the ingredient is added to the soup. The soup needs five ingredients, and the aim is to get five correct answers before the time runs out. In the frog game, the frog is trying to cross a river, to do this he has to hop from lily pad to lily pad in the right numerical order, before each lily pad sinks, and before time runs out. The frog will do the first 2 hops automatically to show the child how to get started. The ostrich game can be played with one or two players. Each player has their own truck ready to be loaded with ostriches; the truck shows a number on its roof, which is the number of ostriches that need to be on board for the truck to go. The truck will have some ostriches already on board, so the child needs to work out how many more to add, drag them onto the truck, then close the doors and off it goes. If the wrong number of ostriches is on the truck it won’t go until it is corrected.
The app has cheerful background music, bright colorful graphics, fun sound effects, and it is fun to play. At all stages the children are given verbal directions, and can see the numbers written. The app is well made and has cute little details, such as the frog eating flies and ladybugs as he hops from pad to pad, and feathers flying off the ostriches when the truck starts to move. The meerkat game always makes me think of Whack-a-mole, and my kids laugh at the antics of the meerkat when they pick a number – for a right answer he may do a somersault, or for a wrong answer he might eat his board or bang his head with it. The ostriches make funny squawks when you move them, and won’t move at all if they have their head stuck in the sand. I like the fact that the developers obviously have a sense of humor, and have made the app fun. The app contains no social media links, no in-app purchases and no ads; it does contain app store links. There are also links to take you into the iLearnWith Boing free app (which is where children can play with rewards they have earned in any of the iLearnWith apps). There is also a parent center where you can see which areas the child has been progressing in, and which it is recommended they practice more.
There are some things I would like to see in a future update. I would like to see the app store links removed or childproofed, you do have to click in 2 places to get to the app store from the home page, but I would prefer to have these links moved to a parents section. In the ostrich game the child can currently only earn rewards in single player mode, I would like the ability to choose who the 2 players are (2 named players or one plus a guest), so they can still earn rewards in this game. In the meerkat soup game I would like to see the candy removed, and just keep the healthy ingredients such as fruit and vegetables.
Overall I would definitely recommend this app for pre-school and kindergarten aged children. It is a fun and engaging app, which works on important key math skills in a way that makes it a fun game that children want to play, rather than rote learning. My children enjoy using the app, have fun and laughter doing so, and are learning important skills at the same time. Having a suite of early learning apps with an integrated tracking and reward system is a great idea, and I look forward to seeing how this works over time.
You may also want to check out iLearn With Boing: Ice Land Adventures HD (FREE for a limited time!)
Numbers, Addition and Subtraction ! Math educational games for kids in Preschool and Kindergarten by i Learn Withby Tribal Nova
Category: Education, Educational, Games, Kids
Requirements: Compatible with iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPhone 4, iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPadMini, iPad 2 3G, iPad 3G, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadThirdGen, iPadMini4G, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPodTouchFifthGen, iPhone5, iPhone 3GS, iPad WiFi, iPad 2 WiFI, iPhone4S
Size: 72.02 MB
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A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.
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