Tiny Farm – Animals, Tractors and Adventures! is the newest kids app from German app developer Wonderkind. It is designed for kids from age 2-6 years and features 3 interactive farm scenes to explore, one of the scenes can be explored in 2 ways – at night and during the day. The illustrations in this app have a wonderful warm, hand-drawn feel to them. There is no language in the app except in the parents section and navigation screen, there is background music and lots of sound effects which can be individually adjusted in settings.
The app is easy to navigate and allows for open ended play. The child selects one of 3 scenes to explore: the farmyard, the barn and the countryside. The farmyard can be explored in daytime or at night, tapping on the sun changes it to a crescent moon and darkness falls, tapping on the moon brings out the sun again. In all scenes tapping on the circle at the bottom of the page brings up the page navigation this allows the child to choose another scene and also lets them check a pictorial list of interactive elements in case they missed any.
There are lots of fun interactions to discover in the farmyard during the day from driving the tractor to feed the donkey, through growing vegetables, grandma riding a motorbike, a sheep that gives the pig a shower, a yellow submarine and windmills to interact with.
If the child taps the sun it will reach down and pull a cord which changes the sun to a crescent moon and plunges the farmyard into darkness, tapping the moon reverses this. In the farmyard at night you can listen to animals snoring and see the whites of the eyes of those still awake. Tapping on the door or windows of the farmhouse opens them to reveal the inhabitants having a late night dance party.
Al the animals are in the barn and you can help the farmer mend the tractor, interact with the animals and tryout some of grandpa’s inventions. These include an automatic sheep shearer that produces some very unusual hairstyles, an automatic feeder fir the horse and donkey and a contraption that takes an egg directly from the hen’s nest then dyes it. This lets children practice color mixing as they have 3 levers each representing a primary color and they can mix these to produce secondary colors. There is also a sweeping robot and lots more fun interactions to discover.
This is a peaceful rural scene with a field of wheat, campers and a treehouse by a pond. The child can see the lifecycle of the wheat as the combine harvester harvests it, the tractor takes the grain to the barn and then starts again with plowing, planting seed and growing a new crop wheat. There are lots of other fun interactions to discover too include roasting marshmallows over a fire, fishing, horse and bike riding, an aerobics class and my favorite – a swimmer who climbs to the treehouse, zip lines off it and jumps in the pond!
I love the illustrations in this app and it is a nice, calm, peaceful, fun app to allow toddlers and preschoolers to explore on their own. It can also be used to practice storytelling and stimulate speech and language by using the app with the child and encouraging them to label people and things on the farm, and asking them to tell you about what is happening in each scene. There are about 90 interactions to find – many of the interactive elements do something different if they are tapped a second time. I would love to see more interactivity added to the night time scene- maybe an option to shine a torch around and see what the animals are doing at night, who is asleep and who is awake.
Overall, a beautifully illustrated app that encourages young children to explore and find fun hidden interactions, it can also be used to practice storytelling and work on speech and language, this app will appeal most to toddlers and preschool aged children.
Tiny Farm – Animals, Tractors and Adventures! – wonderkind GmbH
Tiny Farm: Animals & Tractor
Tiny Farm: Animals & Tractor
by wonderkind GmbH
Category: Books, Family, Games, Role Playing
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76, iPhoneXS-iPhoneXS, iPhoneXSMax-iPhoneXSMax, iPhoneXR-iPhoneXR, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878, iPadMini5-iPadMini5, iPadMini5Cellular-iPadMini5Cellular, iPadAir3-iPadAir3, iPadAir3Cellular-iPadAir3Cellular
Size: 463.85 MB
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Screenshots for iPad
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