Gruffalo: Games

Rating Gruffalo: Games - 4 out of 5 - Good Rating 4.0

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Paid
  • age 3+
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About Gruffalo: Games

A well-designed iOS app for preschoolers inspired by 'The Gruffalo' children's picture book featuring a number of entertaining activities.

Gruffalo: Games Review

The Gruffalo: Games app is based on 'The Gruffalo' children's book. The app is inspired by the iconic artwork and the characters of the book.  Through a series of activities, children try to outperform the Gruffalo, help the Mouse catch nuts or the bugs moving towards their way. Being familiar with the Gruffalo story is not a requirement for using the app and the proposed activities. 
 
The app presents six activities suitable for preschoolers. The first activity replicates the three-in-a-row game with the child being the Mouse and the app the Gruffalo. The second activity is the Nut Catch. Children try to collect as many nuts as possible and avoid other objects falling off the trees such as warms. In the third activity, a number of jigsaws with a different degree of difficulty are presented. The time needed for solving each of these jigsaw is recorded. The fourth activity called 'Snap' is a game of chance in which children try to be as quick as possible and snap similar cards. In the Marching Bug  activity children are asked to pick the correct leave and fill in a pattern of shapes, numbers, letters, or pictures. In the sixth activity, children pair pictures together within a set timeframe. 
 
In terms of its educational value, the app could help preschoolers exercise their sensory motor skills in terms of responding correctly and quickly to a range of visual sensory messages. In addition, the Matching Bug and Jigsaw activities could support early maths concepts such as ordering numbers and organizing and categorizing shapes. In terms of its entertaining value, the app is very well-designed and presented in an age-appropriate way with excellent graphics and music  that can capture the attention of very young learners. Overall, it could be argued that activities such as the Nut catch, Snap and three-in-a-row support better entertaining aims whereas the remaining activities support certain learning outcomes. 
 
The app could be further improved if the Gruffalo storyline was better integrated into the app and its activities. For example, activities could form part of the Mouse's stroll through the woods. Each activity could be a level to be completed by the users. Each level could be inspired by the animal the Mouse encounters in the forest. Winning a level could mean surviving a predator. Also, for those familiar with the book, the app could benefit from integrating activities related to the Gruffalo's storyline and not only the characters. The app as it stands at the moment presents commonalities - though much more elaborated - with the activities hosted in the Gruffalo's official website. Given the fact that it is a mobile application and not a webpage, it would benefit much from presenting the set of activities and perhaps additional activities related to the book's storyline in a more interactive and game-like manner that  evolve around the story of the Guffalo.

App Details

Ratings

Devices

iPad, iPhone

Ages

Kindergarten Apps (3-5 Years)

Category

Skills

Cognitive Development

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

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