Dr. Panda’s Swimming Pool by Dr. Panda is a universal app designed for iOS that has the animals in a variety of aquatic settings at a pool. You can dress in a variety of bathing suits in the locker room while taking a shower and getting ready for the pool, diving off a pirate ship, playing in a sandbox, going down a water slide or playing in a small wading pool with a variety of lunch items available. This app is aimed at toddlers and preschoolers. Skills practiced include language both receptive and expressive, and some fine motor skills.
I liked that the app had four different play areas similar to a traditional beach. The graphics were crisp and they showcased especially well with the animations. I liked the different possibilities for each play area and the opportunity to have a parent with a child – show me the slide, how do you dive off the pirate ship, where is the watermelon which could open the app up for expressive language learning. It was nice that there was seating and other activities around each of the pools for those animals that didn’t want to be in the water. It could also be used to demonstrate turn taking, first baby panda goes in and then baby hippo goes in as well.
One of the things I wished could be changed in the app was if you didn’t wait in the locker room until all of the characters were dropped off you had to go back and restart the game over to have them come back. In addition, there was no option to go back to the locker room in order to take a shower or change your outfit while playing within the app which would add another nice option for gameplay. I also wished that the parents would have stayed at the pool with the animals – we typically see drop off in other games like Dr. Panda Daycare, but I wasn’t sure why that would happen in this app. I also felt like some of the activities like diving off the diving board, and bouncing on the trampoline required correct placement in order for them to be completed which could be frustrating for some children. I would like to see more play areas added as well as a playground space within the app.
Compared to some of the other Dr. Panda apps, I felt that this app had less content compared to others, but the price of the app does reflect that. I think with a few tweaks and additional content this app could be great! There are a number of skills that can be practiced within the app including motor, sharing and language which means that children can play while learning!
Dr. Panda’s Swimming Pool
Dr. Panda’s Swimming Pool
by Dr. Panda Ltd
Category: Education, Games, Simulation
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: 89.12 MB