Maya the Bee: Flower Party by mixtvision DIGITAL – Review & Giveaway
Maya the Bee: Flower Party is a new edutainment app for children aged 3-6 years old from mixtvision DIGITAL. It is based on Maya the Bee TV, a long-running German television show and contains 6 mini-games starting Maya and her insect friends. It contains no adverts or in-app purchases and all external links are in a locked parents section. The parental gate uses a novel format where the adult is asked to press and hold named fruit in sequence. The app can be enjoyed in a choice of ten different languages including English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Turkish.
The app has a 3-D effect and uses high quality computer generated animation. Maya the Bee is having a party and she is waiting for her guests to arrive. The child can pan around to see all of the woodland scene and look for new arrivals. Many of the party guests bring their own game to play.
The Games are :
Make music with Maya, Flip and Ben
Maya, Flip and Ben are on the woodland stage and a drum beats in the background. There are four different instruments available for them : piano, guitar, violin/fiddle and a flower horn. The child can explore the effects of combining different instruments by giving them instruments to play. All three can play the same instrument to hear the harmonizing effect, or they can each play different ones. Sometimes if you give 2 characters the same instrument they will play it in different styles. There is only one tune played ( a jazzy version of three blind mice.) I’d love to have the option to switch between a few different tracks.
Help Willy correctly serve the food
First the child unlocks food items by solving simple 3 piece puzzles, then they help Willy to serve the food by placing each item in the correct spot (which is marked by an outline of that food item). Once they have completed this level they can go back and play again and gradually more puzzle pieces are added to increase the challenge.
Play hide-and-seek with Lara
Some of Maya’s friends are hiding, spot them all and unlock gifts for the party. As well as working on their observation skills this game also gives the child an opportunity to learn the names of Maya’s friends.
Read Flip’s thoughts
Flip is thinking of different bubbles, and he also blows colored bubbles, some of these contain numbers. The child needs to pop the bubbles that are the same as the ones he is thinking of. This game works on concepts such as big and small, colors and number matching.
Find the matching pairs in Ben’s game of memory
Ben is standing beside a big tulip plant and pairs of pictures of the insect friends are hiding in the flowers. Tapping on a flower opens it to show who is inside, and the child needs to find the matching pairs. The game starts with very few pictures to choose from and the number gradually increases as the child successfully completes more games.
Draw new party decorations
Maya wants to decorate for the party, to help her the child unlocks decorations by tracing around shapes, they can use a finger or a stylus and this is good pre-writing practice.
As well as the mini-games there are some hidden surprises in the wood too, my favorite is the frogs who sing if you tap on them, and you can harmonize them by tapping them in quick succession. Some of the party guests that are unlocked as rewards don’t seem to do very much, I’d love to see the ability to move them around the party and maybe even nibble on the party food that has been unlocked.
Overall, this is a high quality, fun but educational children’s app. It is most suited to pre-school age children, though kindergarteners may also enjoy it. The child is free to explore and play with whichever games they like, and as they play they work on important skills such as matching, colors, numbers, size comparison, memory, puzzle solving and pre-writing skills.
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Maya the Bee: Flower Partyby mixtvision digital GmbH & Co.KG
Category: Education, Games, Educational, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPadFourthGen4G, iPhone4S, iPadFourthGen, iPhone5s, iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPadThirdGen4G, iPad 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2 3G, iPhone 4, iPadMini4G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPad WiFi, iPadMini, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPadThirdGen, iPhone5c, iPhone5
Size: 251.6 MB
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NOTE: 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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