Reviewed by Alison
i Learn With Poko: Emotions and Colors! by TribalNova is an app for the iPad which features colors and emotions together. The app includes three levels for the emotions level where the child watches and listens to a video and then picks out how the character in the story feels which depends on your child watching facial expressions in the first level, in the second level there are additional feelings which may not exactly match the expressions of the monkey once you identify the correct feeling you are rewarded with fireworks. The third level requires your child to identify how each character feels and find a way to make them feel good based on the scene such as giving an animal a hug after falling or fixing the snowman based on a field of three choices. In the colors section, there are again three levels of play the first requires your child to color a picture based on a picture below and match, the second level requires mixing of colors such as yellow and blue to make green and the third level adds additional paint colors and shapes which requires you to match even more colors. The app requires critical thinking, problem solving, fine motor for colors, matching, listening and comprehension and visual learning.
I really liked the bright colors in the app and clarity of the expressions really helps the emotions section. My son was engaged with watching the video and facial expressions of the characters and trying to understand which emotion they were feeling. It was also nice that there were multiple “levels” which got progressively harder so that children could start from a level playing field. In the colors section, I really liked the color matching but as the levels got progressively harder it would have been nice to include a “hint” guide if children got the paint colors wrong repeated times. I also liked that the app provided simple words such as “happy” and “sad” to name emotions, because sometimes kids feel something but don’t know how to articulate it. That in and of itself is a reason to try the free version of this app and upgrade it to the full version.
In terms of enhancements, I would like to see the spaceship button at the bottom made childproof so children could not get into the app store by mistake. I would also like to see the parents zone where you can track your child’s progress have a lock on it as well so children can’t get into this and switch apps by mistake.
The two together make an unlikely but very fun combination for children to play with. When I first looked at the app, I had a hard time deciding if emotions fit closely enough with colors for the two to be together in one app. After spending time looking at the app and the skills required in order to play both portions, I can happily say that the two go very nicely together and complement each other.
Emotions, Feelings and Colors ! Fun educational games for kids in Preschool and Kindergarten by i Learn Withby Tribal Nova
Category: Education, Kids, Games, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPad WiFi, iPadThirdGen4G, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPhone4S, iPhone5, iPad 2 3G, iPadFourthGen, iPhone 4, iPadMini, iPadFourthGen4G, iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPad 2 WiFI, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G, iPadMini4G, iPadThirdGen
Size: 69.79 MB
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