We live in a day and age where technology is everywhere you look. There’s no denying that it’s all around, and even the youngest of kids recognize it early on. Nick loves technology. He loves sitting at our desks and playing with the computer keyboards ( he’ll and up inputting odd commands that are always making things open and close), and he loves playing with our tablets. He’s already figured out most of the ways to work a tablet, and he loves playing games. There are a lot of iPad apps that I know Nick would love, but both tablets in the house are Android based, so he’s out of luck there. I honestly don’t know which apps are worth spending money on and which aren’t, so I was very excited to get to the chance to review different children’s apps. I think Nick won on this one.
The first app that we got to review was Wubbzy’s Dinosaur Adventure. Now we’re really just Disney Junior people in this house, so we didn’t know who the character Wubbzy was when I first got the app. That didn’t stop Nick from enjoying it though. In fact Nick loves it. To be honest he loves it a little too much now days.
The app is mostly an interactive book. Once you reach the main screen you can choose from Read to Me, Read and Play, or Just a Book. With Read to Me a narrator reads the book out loud while the child plays with the screen. On each page there are multiple places that the child can touch which cause something to happen such as a bird flying or a dinosaur stomping. We often choose Read to Me because that turns off the narrator’s voice. This way I can read the story while Nick plays with the screen. I prefer this method because it allows us to play and bond together. The Just a Book choice turns off the on screen activities.
Wubbzy’s Dinosaur Adventure is quite cute. Nick hasn’t yet hit the dinosaur stage, but he enjoys playing with them in this app. The actions that occur on the screen are sometimes silly, and I would say they really appeal to a toddler’s sense of humor. As I said before the app is mostly an interactive book although there are a few games/activities thrown in. While Nick has really enjoyed it I’m not sure how well it will appeal to preschoolers and older.