Timbuktu Magazine is a great variety “magazine-games” app that will keep Primary School children entertained for hours. Just like the Children’s Features section in a Sunday newspaper, the app has a range of games, stories, ideas for activities, science knowledge, literacy and numeracy practice. The app empowers children to embrace learning as a fun activity. The content and quality of the app is very high and we have given the app an EAS Certification of 5 and EAS recommended status.
Children’s education doesn’t have to stop after school hours. Learning can be fun and a part of everyday activities for children. It takes a really good app to achieve the learning process without it actually looking like it is a learning app.
Fortunately for kids, Timbuktu Magazine does exactly that. Kids will be picking up the app to enjoy the pictures, funny sounds, games and stories rather than thinking about the more arduous task of learning. Once you have subscribed to the monthly “magazine”, the app will automatically update itself.
We looked at one of the monthly apps. The games were very fun and our children thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the app. The first game “Whack-A-Mole” asked us to look at a series of food items that would pop-up from a series of cups. The user is asked to tap only on the food that is healthy. A multitude of burgers, fries and chicken wings pop-up amongst the broccoli, fish, apples and carrots. The more you tap on the correct healthy items, the more points that you get. If you sit with your child, this is a great opportunity to discuss healthy eating and healthy life-style. In the “News of the Month” section, there are different news items that come up in order to promote a discussion amongst children and adults.
Our children really liked the numeracy and maths games as they approached them in the way of a brain teaser rather than a math or grammar question. The space topics are equally entertaining as they provide very interesting and new information about the universe whilst also providing a varied vocabulary with highlighted words that have been given an explanation so that users can expand their vocabulary.
We really like the way that the app has been thought out. It provides Maths, English, Science, Life-Skills, Debate and Comprehension questions as the final activity after all the games have been completed. Moreover, it provides a fantastic opportunity to create talking points with your kids in order to debate real-life topics.
At the Educational App Store, we really enjoyed this app. This app is like a “Wired” Magazine for children. It’s sassy, nice to look at, engaging and brain cell enhancing! We would love to see the scores for each subject kept in order to track progression within each game for the kids. However, the app is fantastic as it is and children will really enjoy learning with it... even though they will think that they are just playing, but shhh! Don’t tell them that!
From the Developer
WHAT IS TIMBUKTU?
Timbuktu is the first iPad magazine for children. With 12 issues per year, your kids' passion and joy about learning will grow exponentially. All the stories, games and activities on Timbuktu are based on the Reggio Emilia Approach and designed to help children meet education standard while respecting their personal way of learning. Parents and teachers love Timbuktu because of its whimsical, innovative, and respectful approach to education.
WHAT'S THE AGE GROUP?
Timbuktu is optimized to be used by children 6 to 10 years old. Younger kids can use it with the help of a grown-up.
WHY SHOULD I SUBSCRIBE?
To provide your children with a cutting-edge, award-winning magazine, designed by a group of top quality educators and artists from all over the world.
Let your kids read, play, and learn out of the box!
SUBSCRIPTIONS: Timbuktu is subscription based. The monthly subscription is only £2.99 (1 issue). The one-year subscription is only £20.99 (12 issues).
- Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase
- Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period.
- Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal
- Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase
- No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period
PARENTS AND TEACHERS LOVE TIMBUKTU!
"BEST APP MAGAZINE FOR KIDS - This app is a wonderful way to get kids to love math,stories,cooking and other great things! - by Omg Yeah
"GREAT - This app is amazing! Love the clever stories and how kids get involved practically. Timbuktu is the only reason why kids should use an iPad" - by Rowant67
"A WONDERFUL READING EXPERIENCE - What a gem! I am wild about this app and love Timbuktu's multicultural, international, and good-natured spin on the parent-child reading experience. Your magazine makes me smile, laugh, and feel nostalgic about my own childhood. As an educator, I recommend this app both personally and professionally for family's eager to take shared story time to the next level" - Pickarosesomeday
"CREATIVE, SUBTLE, AND PRETTY - Timbuktu teaches kids lessons about growing up subtly, creatively, and beautifully. Music, words, video, and interaction make the experience varied and interesting. Most interesting, however, is how they've managed to make it enjoyable for adults as well using good design, high production value, and the right content" - by 8Bigfeet
"FANTASTIC MAGAZINE! - Simply the best iPad magazine for kids! Up to date. Refreshing. Quirky. Educational. Timbuktu wows us daily!" - Mrs75