Saturday, November 30, 2013

Review: Preschool Monkey Lunchbox

Purpose of App: Teaches colors, letters, shapes, sizes, matching, and differences between objects.

Strengths: Cute interface that keeps kids coming back to play more. Good variety and positive reinforcement for correct answers.

Weaknesses: No customization

Suggested Audience: Preschool age kids or anyone working on basic core skills

Star Rating Breakdown
Overall Rating: 3.5
Meets Intended Goal: 4
Entertainment: 4
Worth the Price: 4
Ease of Use: 4
Educational Value: 4
Level of Customization: 1

If you would like to download Preschool Monkey Lunchbox ($1.99, iPad/iPhone) and support Smart Apps for Special Needs in the process, please use the link below:


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Monkey Preschool Lunchbox is a great app for preschoolers or any child looking to work on common early learning skill,s such as colors and shapes. This app has a very colorful and engaging interface, which kids are sure to love. It is easy to use and ready to play as soon as it is installed.

This app offers a mix of fun little games and challenges reinforcing various preschool level skills. Each page focuses on a different skill set from counting to putting together a puzzle. The cute monkey narrator and fruit items tie each page together. After successfully completing a few games, the child gets to select a fun sticker to place on a reward board.

Though the main object used in the games is fruit, I love the variety. It is not just apples, bananas and grapes. Kids will play with mangoes, kiwis, and even quince.

The main thing that this app really could benefit from is the ability to customize. The app cycles through a pre-programmed set of activities covering all topics available. An adult is unable to modify the level of difficulty or select what categories are covered. If the child has colors down but is struggling with letter sounds, he does not have the ability to only work on letters.

One other point, that is more of a nice-to-have-bonus would be the ability to have user profiles which saves their progress. I admit, I am very math oriented and I like statistics. I would love to be able to see how my kids are scoring and progressing through an app.  I am more likely to purchase more apps from a series if I can see results.

My kids were a little disappointed that the stickers they earned are not permanently saved. They can add more and more stickers to their rewards page, but the page resets to blank after leaving the app for so long. My kids would love if they could have their own profile where they can choose and store their own stickers.

This is one of those educational apps which kids keep going back to because they don't realize they are actually learning. It is fun with just the right amount of challenge to help kids learn without feeling discouraged. Kids will giggle and have fun while learning core preschool level skills.

From iTunes:

The #1 preschool game in the app store. Learn and have fun by helping monkeys pack lunch! Monkey Preschool Lunchbox is a collection of six exciting educational games for your preschooler (ages 2 to 5).

*** FEATURES ***
-7 different games that teach kids about colors, letters, counting, shapes, sizes, matching, and differences.

-Lovable animated monkey helps kids along as they play the games.

-Dozens of sounds and voice recordings of colors, letters, fruit names, and more.

-Animated Stickers! Kids get a sticker reward after every other game they win.

-Designed for preschoolers -- no confusing menus or navigation.

-Unlimited play! Each game flows right into the next.

1. COLORS. This picky monkey only likes fruit of a certain color, touch only the color they like to pack the lunchbox. Teaches colors, color names, and grouping.

2. MATCHING. Match pairs of fruit hidden behind the cards to pack lunch for this monkey.

3. COUNTING. Count off the fruit the monkey is looking for to fill up the lunchbox. Teaches numbers and counting.

4. LETTERS. This monkey only wants fruit that starts with a certain letter, pick the fruit that starts with that letter. Teaches letters and letter sounds.

5. PUZZLE. This monkey's fruit broke into pieces! How odd! Put it back together for them. Teaches shapes and pattern recognition.

6. SPOT THE DIFFERENCE. (NEW in 1.1!) Help the monkey spot the fruit that looks different, or is a different size. Teaches patterns, bigger, and smaller.

7. SHAPES. (NEW in 1.4!) Help the monkey find the fruit in the shapes.

Rachel H's kids have been using this app for over 2 years, and even though neither are preschoolers anymore, they both still love their "monkey app."

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