TinyHands Raccoon Treehouse, Activities for kindergarten and preschool kids
A beautifully produced educational app for preschool children helping develop an understanding of basic concepts.
The first thing that strikes you about this app is the design. A lot of time and effort has gone into it to and even the best children’s picture book illustrator would be envious of what has been created. The design has been matched perfectly to the age range of the child and picture book quality of the app makes it immediately accessible to preschool and early school age children.
On opening the app you are welcomed by the Raccoon from the apps name in front of the tree house (again from the apps name). There are even a couple of different interactive features that you can enjoy before you even start playing the app fully. For instance one of the raccoons is hiding in the leaves of the tree and can found by clicking on the paw or tail poking out. Another raccoon is flying in front of the tree with some balloons. By clicking on these the balloons pop one by one and the raccoon descends out of view before coming back up again with new balloons. It is small features like this that adds to the overall success of the app.
On the front page there is also a couple of different setting options such as turning the sound on/off and the same with the sound effects. Both the music and sounds effects are again well matched and although the music is looped it is tame enough to not get too monotonous (although I can see this app being played over and over again so this option may well be welcomed by many parents!) As well as these settings options on the front page there is also a parent’s zone which can be accessed. This allows the user to contact the developer if they wish, or visit other apps by the developer or the option to purchase an unlock to all the levels on the app.
If the user wishes to explore and access all the levels then they will need to purchase all the levels as this is just the free to download option. To get all the levels it costs £2.49 and this gives access to a further 9 levels on top of the 3 that comes free with this version.
Once the user has clicked on the play button the screen moves down the tree house to the different levels which are represented as familiar, different rooms in a house. The three levels that the user gets in this version are the laundry room, garden and bedroom. Each room has a different activity to complete and these activities are based on simple concepts matched perfectly for this age range. These concepts range from sorting shapes to organising and recognising colours and organising objects by size. The excellent design follows all the way through and so does the ease of use. There is no description of what is needed to complete each task however by not attempting the puzzle a visual clue appears to show the correct way to complete the level.
Within each of the levels are a number of different tasks of the same thing to complete. In this free version each of the rooms has three tasks to complete. For example in the bedroom the user is asked to put together a toy that has 4 missing pieces. This is achieved by moving the pieces to the right place. When the first toy has been complete there is 2 further toys to ‘mend’.
Younger children will find the puzzles easy to take part in as there is by no means a screen full of different things needed to do. By simply clicking, holding and dragging the user can successfully complete all the levels. This is clearly been thought about by the developer and the user doesn’t find themselves inundated with so many different things to do that they become distracted from the main purpose of the app.
Even though this is the free version and only has 3 levels available there is certainly lots of fun to be had with these but a preview also whets your appetite for what is included in the other levels. Another small but clever feature is when a locked room is clicked upon a simple sum appears which must be answered correctly before the option to purchase the full app appears. If you get the answer wrong you can’t access the page to purchase the full app, although by clicking on the locked app again you get another sum and another opportunity.
It is small things like this that makes this a highly successful app and the reason why it has received an EAS certification of 5 stars.
From the Developer
*** Fun EDUCATIONAL game for toddlers of AGE 3 and up
*** SORT, MATCH, CLASSIFY and BUILD by shape, pattern, color and everyday objects
*** Developed with certified child psychologists
*** 12 beautiful mini-game boards
About the game:
The game consists of 12 beautiful rooms each focused on developing a set of basic concepts such as size, colors, numbers and patterns using everyday objects from the child's world such as clothes, food and many more.
The game is designed to enhance the following skills:
- Sorting and classifying
- Hand-eye coordination
- Visual perception
The game consists of 12 boards. The boards were carefully chosen in order to represent basic elements from the child's world.
Bathroom: Match polycubes by SHAPE.
Dressing room: Match geometric SHAPES to dress the raccoon.
Living room: Place each everyday object in its LOGICAL place.
Watering Can: Classify geometric SHAPES.
Playroom: Assemble toys by placing missing parts in their LOGICAL place.
Backyard: Sort fruits by COLOR.
Kitchen: Classify food and kitchen appliances by their purpose.
Dining room: Sort the raccoon’s dinner by matching SIZE and NUMBER.
Vegetable garden: Match fruits and vegetables by MEMORY.
Laundry room: Pair clothing items by SILHOUETTES.
Tent: Match geometric shapes by SHAPE and PATTERN.
Garage: Order different tools by SIZE.
*** TinyHands Sorting Series ****
A set of sorting games designed to help children acquire basic concepts such as shape, color, size seasons and animals. Game boards are organized in an ascending difficulty level starting from basic sorting followed by more complex context based sorting and classification environments.
TinyHands Sorting 1 is recommended for AGE 2+
TinyHands Sorting 2 is recommended for AGE 2.5+
TinyHands Sorting 3 is recommended for AGE 3+
*** TinyHands Towers Series ***
A set of stacking games. The game is designed to help children acquire basic concepts such as: big VS. small, before VS. after, and bottom VS. top. Game boards are organized in an ascending difficulty level.
TinyHands Towers 1 is recommended for AGE 1.5+
TinyHands Towers 2 is recommended for AGE 2.5+
*** TinyHands What's My Pair Series ***
A set of pair matching games. The game challenges the child to match pairs, initially based on visual aspects alone and in more advanced screens based on logic and understanding of card content.
TinyHands What's My Pair 1 is recommended for AGE 2+
TinyHands What's My Pair 2 is recommended for AGE 2.5+
An educational game for children of age 1.5 and up.
The game consists of 10 boards, each focused on a different theme from the child's world such as shapes, colors, clothes, animals and vehicles.
Note for parents:
Like all our games, this game is designed to provide quality playtime for parents and children together. Playing along with your child is highly recommended and will surely make him benefit the most from this app and help him expand his vocabulary.
We are sure that your child will enjoy this exciting educational game that will encourage his thinking and contribute to the development of his basic skills.
About the Team:
We believe that children learn best through playing. We teamed up with certified child psychologists and experienced educators out of desire to create fun games that will help our children acquire new concepts and improve their skills. In addition, we design our games to provide quality playtime for parents and children together.
All our products are designed and developed in cooperation with certified child psychologists and experienced educators.