Yuppy: games for children

Puzzles, coloring pages & more

Rating Yuppy: games for children - 5 out of 5 - Best Rating 5.0

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 3+
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About Yuppy: games for children

Yuppy is packed full of mini activities to entertain and educate your young child.  As children play they will solve problems, learn to write letters and numbers, and create music.

Yuppy: games for children Review

Young children are constantly learning and each activity that they undertake has the potential to help them develop and combine their new skills.  This is one of the reasons for the popularity of apps full of mini activities for young learners.  Yuppy has taken this style of app and made it as good as it possibly can.

The wealth of content in this app is made apparent by the number of options on the menu page.  Each option opens up into a further screen offering up variations of the game chosen.    The content does not seem to be finalised either as at the end of the scrollable menu screen are two boxes that tantalisingly display 'coming soon' so the app is planned to expand and add further value to your subscription.

The games are not particularly original for this type of app but they are excellent examples of their type.  Sometimes, as adults, we need to remember that while we have seen something many times before, young children have not.  What is more important than originality for young learners is that the activities are attractive, easy to use, and offer a meaningful learning experience.

Yuppy's games are certainly attractive.  Clear and colourful graphics follow a consistent style and make each game pleasing to engage with.  The artwork used on the user interface is not as oversaturated with colour as is the case with many games aimed at young children and it feels fresher, calmer, and much easier to look at for longer playing sessions as a result.

The games' controls are easy to pick up and mostly involve tapping to make selections or dragging and dropping.  There is no need for the app to explain how these work as a little bit of experimentation soon makes it clear and this learning by doing is a useful skill to develop.  There is no need for a permanent connection to the internet as the app is fully self-contained.

The most complex of the existing activities is the colouring app which uses icons to select the different brush types.  This introduces young children to this type of user interface and will form a good foundation for other productivity software that they will encounter later in their learning.   With a huge amount of pictures to colour in, this activity should have longevity.

The musical keyboard is another included activity that has the potential for a lot of use and may prompt an interest in music-making.  The keyboard is a good size, relative to the device's screen, and children can play freely on it or follow one of a variety of songs that highlight the keys for them to follow.  These tunes range from classical music to nursery rhymes so children will have their musical awareness broadened.   

Other activities are the very simple animal sounds one where children tap animals and a sound associated with them plays.  A step beyond this are jigsaws, memory games, and activities that teach how to form letters and numbers.

Some of these games, such as the letter and number ones are more relevant to academic learning than others but education at a young age is about more than just maths and literacy.  Playing with jigsaws stretches shape-matching skills.  Memory games help to exercise children's working memory.  Both develop early problem-solving skills.

All of the games are suitable for children to use alone but are also great tools for parents to use with their children.  Whether talking about animals to increase children's conversation skills or supporting first steps in handwriting, using the app as a shared focal point will be a fun and educational experience for parent and child together.

The full version of the app, as reviewed here, is available through a subscription but you can download the app for free and check through some of the activities to assess its suitability for your child.  Either way, it is free of advertisements and safe for children to use and is available on Android and iOS devices.  Have a look at the free version and decide from there whether the very reasonable subscription rates for the app make sense for you and your child.

App Details

Ratings

Devices

Android, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Skills

Academic Relevance
Reading
Tech Skills

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Marco Bellinaso

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