Avokiddo Emotions by by Avokiddo – Review & Giveaway 2014
Review originally published in 2013
Avokiddo Emotions by Avokiddo is a delightfully interactive universal app for iOS featuring a giraffe, zebra and a shy and sleepy sheep. The app allows you to select one of the animals and explore the “cause and effect” of hats, objects, foods and even backgrounds to see what they like and do not like. Avokiddo was founded in 2013 as a spin-off of react-IN and previously released an iMum favorite, Beck and Bo in 2012. The app targets children aged 2 to 8 with a variety of activities that include dressing the animals, feeding them a variety of foods which drop from the sky as well as musical instruments, and a variety of other objects. Children simply choose an animal, and then when they are done with the objects on the screen, pull down a handle and then a variety of new objects fall from the sky. . To test an object with the animal, you must simply touch it and then it will perform an action, sometimes the object will stop the action when it is released like the bubbles, and other times the object like the radio will continue to play. This app is a great one for practicing speech, mimicking of specific patterns like blowing a bubble or breathing through a snorkel as well as looking at how the animal feels about the choices you have made for them and creative free play.
My son’s favorite part of Avokiddo Emotions by far was the different objects that you could put on the heads of the animals ranging from hats, to silly hair, and eye glasses. He also liked trying to feed the various foods to the animals and seeing what their individual reaction was and then imitating the reaction such as a happy face or “blech”. The characters and their objects are designed with a paper that makes it feel almost like playing paper dolls and gives the objects a texture and brings them to life in a way that make app play very enjoyable. He also enjoyed painting the characters and then washing their faces and getting them cleaned up. We used the app to discuss cause and effect as well with specific items like the ringing telephone, which the animals didn’t seemed scared of when it was ringing, but when the receiver was picked up and they were either happy or sad from the conversation. I liked that the animals were also very clear with their expressions – they either liked something or they did not. This made it easy to discuss how an animal might be feeling, what they liked and did not like as well as talking about how to make specific choices which would make the animal happy or sad. My son also loved putting the animals to sleep using their nighttime hat or pacifier and then waking them up with the alarm clock – he really liked changing the backgrounds to see what action would happen. The app is also a great way to teach emotions such as hungry, shy, afraid, scared, sleepy, happy and sad using facial expressions, movement of eyes and ears as well as the engagement of the animal.
It would be nice if the foods required a little bit more precision when being held up for the animals to eat, for example if you put the cup and straw in the vicinity of the mouth, the animal will drink even though it’s may not exactly be lined up with the mouth. This was something that our little tester seemed confused about and asked how animals could do that but not people. I would also like a way to turn off the background music – perhaps in the parental settings as it might be distracting to some kids and muting your device would cause them to miss out on the other sounds in the app. It does currently turn off now after a specified time period. It would be great if the user could select a variety of objects from a chest or toybox that would fall within a specific scene, I can see this feature being especially useful when practicing the naming of objects or mimicking what the object does.
The app features a parental lock which requires to hold a spot for a specific number of seconds. Within that lock you can select the number of falling objects, choose vegetarian food only as well as set the ability to save (or not) snapshots from within the app. I would like to see a setting in the parents section which allows you to turn off the advertisement for Beck and Bo which does pull you directly into iTunes using the same press and hold mechanism. I tested the app on several devices and did find an intermittent issue where it crashed when switching out hats and the scene changed. The app developer is working to resolve this issue and it does not appear to affect an iPad 2 or iPad 3. If you are having this issue – please update the app as the developer has fixed it!
Overall, this is a fantastic app for children to use to explore emotions in a variety of contexts and can be used in so many different settings such as at home with a parent, in a therapy session or with a child just playing by themselves with the app. We loved that there were no right or wrong answers and that the choices for the app and that the animals were so clear in their emotions and like or dislike of a specific object. We also loved that no matter how many times we have played with the app, we keep coming up with different combinations to dress the animals in for play. The app also helps your child to understand that they are unique just like the animals. When my son was playing with this app – he made it clear that it was his turn to play with the iPad and I couldn’t have it back. Be prepared to surrender your device!
Avokiddo Emotions - Dress, Feed, Play With Animalsby AVOKIDDO
Category: Education, Educational, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad 2 WiFI, iPad 2 3G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPodTouchSixthGen
Size: 171 MB
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