Edu-App No-Brainer for 3/9/11:
- Version: 1.0.1
- Genre: Creativie Play, Educational, Art
- Platforms: iPad Only
- Price: .99
- SAHGeekMom Rating: 5
- Kid’s Score: 5 Pump’s up!
- Recommended Age: All Ages 3+
I have one of the VERY best Edu-Apps the Stay at home GeekMom has ever stumbled upon.
My QuickAdvice review will go up on appadvice.com soon, but I couldn’t wait to bring you the details! (check out my AppAdvice.com Reviews here)
In fact developer Elena told me:
The idea to do exactly Mosaic comes from our Soviet Union past… There was a lack of child games [but] on every shelf in every shop, one of this Mosaic – it is looks like this:
This simple yet sophisticated game is great fun for children and even appealing to creative adults.
The game comes with both a small board and large pegs for the smallest fingers and large a pegboard with small pegs for older kids.
The pegs come in a assortment of vivd colors, and you can use them to play several games or create freestyle peg-art.
If you choose to play with a pre-patterned card (available for both boards with varying difficulty levels) you are presented with a selection of pictures to copy.
To make this fun rather than frustrating, there is a “help” mode. When engaged the image overlays the pegboard for easily placement.
For more of a challenge, kids can try to recreate the picture from a scaled-down image on the side.
Tapping on the image will quickly overlay the pattern on your work indicating correct place ment, but only for a moment. The hint doesn’t reveal the whole solution.
(I know I barely make sense to myself – look at the picture up to the left to see what I mean!)
In “make your own masterpiece” mode, kids create free form and can easily share their creations via email and Facebook.
The optional Zen-like ambient soundtrack is another ingenius touch. It shows just how much thought went into every aspect of this edu-app.
That alone sets it apart from most app offering for children. When you factor in the replay value and fun it’s truly a 5 star app!
It’s colourful and appealing, but has no unnecessary bells and whistles.
Based in Kiev, PopAppFactory understands that with kids, less is often more.
The youngest players gain from color, shape and pattern recognition and pre-schoolers improve fine-motor skills. Older children are challenged with more complicated spatial relations tests, while memory gains and creative expression are enjoyed by all.
It is too easy to remove pegs by accident or misplace them by missing the hole by the tiniest margin.
But updates and better still new kid’s apps are on their way soon!
Happy App Hunting