Fishing with Grandpa by Fairlady Media is an iOS app designed for preschoolers that focuses on a variety of skills including, object identification (find an object from a field), counting (find the groups of x fish) , find the treasure using the crab in the maze, putting together a six piece puzzle, spot the difference (look at the objects and determine which one is different), find everything that matches the description (find all the “green” fish), simple video’s to explain fishing and then the opportunity to pick a lure and cast a line and catch a fish which you reel in. Once you catch the fish, they are measured and you pick the right number from the measuring tape and then add it to your “collection”. It practices fine motor skills, early math skills, object identification and more.
This is a fun app designed for late preschool through early elementary school which features positive reinforcement (stars) when you complete an activity correctly. I liked that it used realistic in showing colors with the fish as well as the action and movement of the app. The narration is clear and easy to understand with Grandpa speaking in his patient voice telling us, please find x and encouraging kids even if they get the wrong answer. The colors are bright and fun and help children truly understand what it is like to go fishing.
In terms of future enhancements, I’d like to see the ability to change the number of puzzle pieces (perhaps range from a four piece puzzle to an eight piece puzzle), the ability to “row” grandpa’s boat as well as if you have trouble finding an object in the field the ability to tap on the “thought bubble” above Grandpa’s Head which currently just says an object like “hook” but it does not repeat if you either tap it or pick the wrong object. Right now, the wrong object will disappear reducing the field , but it does not see, I want the fishing hook or I want my hat. I’d also like especially for younger kids who don’t know how to read the ability to see the number of objects they are looking for. My first grader also commented that he wanted to see an “end” to the maze not just the treasure as it gave him a better way to trace the direction for the crab as well as a spot for him to “sit” in the boat since it is currently filled with Grandpa’s gear. He also noted, that Grandpa doesn’t have a life jacket – something we talk about a lot as we enjoy water based activities. Personally, I’d also love to see a frog catching game as that was a fun part of going to the pond for me.
The app features a parental lock which allows the parent to choose which games are included in the app, they range from find the gear to fish groups, mazes, puzzles, reel it in, measurement and more as well as the ability to turn the music on and off. There is also an advertising section for the other Fairlady Media apps which features a pop up video and advertising, but you can’t click beyond to email or access iTunes without entering in your year of birth.
Overall, this is a fun game aimed at the slightly older preschooler through early elementary aged child. The ability to choose from the ten different games as well as choosing which ones are most appropriate for your child means the app has wide appeal for kids and adults alike. I even caught myself playing along as I enjoyed watching the video’s about the different fish as well as catching the different fish. This is a great addition to the Fairlady Media Suite of apps featuring Grandma and Grandpa. I can’t wait to see what comes next – perhaps a crafting with Grandma app? Only time will tell!
Fishing With Grandpa
by Fairlady Media
Price: $2.99 USD
Let’s go on a fishing adventure with Grandpa! Grab some gear, play underwater games, choose a lure, cast a line, hook and reel in a fish, and add new fish to your collection! Grandpa needs your help.
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.
Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.