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Playground 1 – Best of Edition. 12 games for kids in 1 App.

Price: iPhone/iPad - Paid

Teacher Overview

A very high quality app that is great value for money. Your children will want to play with this for hours. There are app safety controls so that parents can monitor their kids’ usage. This is an app that has reached the highest score in the EAS Certification of apps. Undoubtedly a 5 Star and EAS Recommended app. 

Teacher Review

Your children will enjoy playing with this app tremendously. You can tell that the illustrations have been done with a lot of care and attention and the little animals will melt the hearts of users.  The app is split into 12 different games that help children to develop their concentration skills, motor skills, memory skills and sound recognition as well as spending time to sit and play. The creator of the app, Jan Essig, has really taken time to develop an app that is very family friendly. The app collects no data, it contains no adverts, no information is passed on to third parties, no internet connection is required to use the app (which prevents children from accidentally going to other websites) and, all the external links are protected so that wandering fingers stick to the games only.

One of the features that we particularly liked was that Parents can set limits on the amount of time that children spend using the app.  This is fantastic as it means that you can manage your child’s usage of his/her play time with the app. Additionally, if there are any parents out there who are wary of having their child use technology too frequently, this is a great tool to begin implementing healthy boundaries.

We were particularly enchanted by the “Piano” game whereby piano notes are sounded out by animals such as a frog, a cat, a dog and a cow. “Remember” is another game that

Had us engaged for an incredibly long time. The idea is that you have to listen to the notes or sounds that the animals are playing and then you must copy the sounds tapping into the selected note areas. It is a great game for developing memory and a musical ear. Our resident toddler was in awe of the sounds and trying to copy them!

The range of puzzles, “Spot the Difference”, “Catch” and “Pairs” games  amongst others, will keep your child very engaged and will be using his/her brain in a productive manner whilst playing with the app. A fantastic app all round. 

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Developer Description

This BEST OF EDITION includes 12 great games for Kids aged 2-6 years:
1.) FIND IT: 20 pictures, each with 5 errors
2.) PAIRS / MATCH UP: 100 different motives
3.) PUZZLE: 10 "Toddler" Puzzles with 4 pieces & 40 Puzzles with 8 pieces
4.) DRAW [iPad only!]: 15 motives for coloring / 1 empty canvas / 18 colors / 3 Brush sizes / Paint bucket
5.) ERASE: 8 Scratch cards
6.) SLIDING PUZZLE: 8 Motives
7.) CATCH: Catch 5 animals of the same kind
8.) REMEMBER: Try to repeat a shown combination
9.) PIANO: 4 motives each with 8 animals (cats, frogs, cows, fish)
10.) COLLECT: Mama fish has to collect 5 stars for her Kids in 25 levels
11.) ROLL: Alternative to the "SLIDE" game for the little ones
12.) COLORS: Bubble Shooter with colored fishes


KNOW what's inside: As a MOMs with Apps member, I follow the "Know what's inside" best practices for kids' apps.

Together with my two children (4 + 2 years) we developed an App that contains their current favorite games. We have tried to make all games as clear and simple as possible. We have also tried to optimize those things we disliked in other games.

Even the most beautiful game becomes boring sometime. The following search for "another game" somewhere on the iPad always was quite nerve-wracking and frustrating for my kids (and me). Fortunately this is past. All games are clearly structured on the title screen so your children can quickly change the game without getting lost in the vastness of the iPad.

Dear parents,
PLEASE contact me for any help, concerns or suggestions to improve this App. Don´t hesitate to contact me via mail: :)

A short review would be wonderful

Best regards and have fun playing
Jan Essig

KIDS APP AWARD 2012: Best of Best -
KIDS APP AWARD 2012: Best Kids App -

BEST APP EVER AWARDS 2012 // TOP 10 NOMIEE AS BEST EDUCATIONAL GAME 5 STARS // "5 BEST APPS"-Award 5 STARS // "One of the best Apps ever." "A nice and sturdy playground app, with lots of entertaining options. Carefully produced, available in 15 languages. WORTH THE PICK!!" "Spielplatz HD1 bekommt erneut den "Gold Award für exzellente Kinder Apps" 5+1 STARS."




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