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Gomma Friends

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This fun app, to be shared by parent and child, has something to offer both virtual and real skills development for your son or daughter with its printable rewards.

Teacher Review

There are many skills for young children to expand and develop, both in the real world and in the electronic world of mobile devices.  This app occupies the unusual position of having something to stimulate the learning in both of these areas.

The main activity first requires selecting a character from the eight multicultural ones provided and choosing a scene for them to occupy.  Here it becomes a dress up game, although one that prompts children to think about their choices of clothing.  Dressing characters for horse riding is quite different to clothing them for a day on a sunny beach!  After selecting the best clothes a short exercise in interacting with the characters in the chosen setting follows.  This might involve feeding a horse or collecting water from a leaky roof.  These are fun activities that, especially on their slightly different, second visit prompt a little thinking, such as selecting foods that are appropriate for horses to eat.

Offering the refreshingly straightforward approach of making the app a single purchase with no unexpected in-app purchases or distracting advertisements, this app is well crafted for its targeted age group.  Colourful, bold and clear graphics support the activities and a fun set of sound effects combine with them to gently make clear which responses are correct and which are not.  Children can move through the app at their own pace and this lack of time limits also allows parents to encourage them to linger in thought a little more.

These well designed graphics are carried through into the physical activities that are part of your purchase.  When a section is complete parents can enter their email address for the printable scene that their child has unlocked.  This comes through almost instantaneously so that you can go straight from the app to cutting and folding.  A decent quality printer, glue and child friendly scissors are a must to get the best value out of this app. 

Children will get the most out of these printable pictures working with an adult to prompt learning, thinking and discussion.  It really does seem an app designed to be shared by parent and child together.  As well as cognitive skills, children will also be developing practical skills that will stand them in good stead for when they start school.

Sections designed for parents rather than children are nicely separated with a simple maths question acting as gatekeeper and keep children away from key settings.   The area where children keep track of their accomplishments is a little too easy to reset, possibly resulting in some disappointment, and it would be nice if this was put behind some additional protection.

For parents of young children looking for something that they can use with their son or daughter, rather than a ‘baby-sitting’ app, Gomma Friends is highly recommended.  

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From the Developer

THE APP THAT BECOMES A TOY! Have fun with your child meeting and dressing the GOMMA FRIENDS characters. You’ll find many gifts to collect, print and assemble with your family just like real toys! It’s a complete educational journey from the virtual to the real world, conceived by designers and engineers with their children to grow together.

A TOY THAT YOU AND YOUR CHILD CAN BUILD TOGETHER

GOMMA FRIENDS is an innovative application that will teach your child to explore, to assemble and to use his imagination – not only on the Android but in the real world - with the 16 paper models that he will get as a reward at the end of each scene.

Place one of the characters into one of the eight scenes and start exploring. Choose three pieces of clothing to create an appropriate outfit for playing at the beach or sleeping in a jungle or in a fairy world where you can meet new friends. After playing out the scene go to your album and see which gifts you have received: a basketball hoop, a little cottage, themed coloring pages, a cake… all ready to be printed and mounted!

PAPER, SCISSORS, PASTE AND A LITTLE FANTASY

Ideal for putting together a birthday party with masks and surprises or for just spending an afternoon creating things together.

FEATURES

  • 8 fun characters from all over the world
  • 8 animated scenes with games that develop a child’s intuition and motor coordination.
  • 192 pieces of clothing and accessories to stimulate logical thinking as the child combines the pieces to create an appropriate outfit for each situation.
  • 16 game cards related to the scenes that you and your child can print out and mount together.
  • Magnetic outfits that are easy to position, even for little ones.
  • Original music.
  • Lots of fun sounds and animation.
  • There are no stressful rules, rankings or time limits; the children are free to play any way they wish.
  • No in-app purchases.
  • No third-party advertising.

GOMMA FRIENDS is a game for children of all ages, especially suitable for children ages 3 to 7.
The GOMMA team is composed of designers and engineers but most of all it is composed of parents who have worked with their own children to produce a game that is simple, intuitive and educational, one that doesn’t separate children from reality and creates special moments for families to share.

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