Saturday, January 25, 2014

Good Free App of the Day: Sago Mini Pet Cafe - FREE for limited time only

Sago Sago apps are specially designed for children 5 and under.  They allow for open ended play and exploration with great animation and fun cast of animal characters.  Sago Mini Pet Cafe is no exception.  This app features three games that focus on counting, shape matching and colors.  There are fun and silly surprises to be discovered within each game.  In addition to the basic readiness concepts, this app can also be used for vocabulary development, language expansion, comprehension questions and lessons on nutrition.  Sago Mini Pet Cafe is free for a limited time so start cooking up some fun today!

 If you would like to download Sago Mini Pet Cafe (FREE for limited time only, normally $1.99, iPhone/iPad), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using the link provided:



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This app contains no ads or in-app purchases.  External links to other apps by Sago Sago are included but can be easily disabled in settings.  A parents section, that can only be accessed by following written directions, also contains links to Facebook and Twitter.
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I'm a big fan of Sago Sago apps.  There are so many things to discover.  At the Pet Cafe, you can choose from three educational and entertaining games.  Each one targets a specific skill.  Choose the cat to play a counting game.  Ten food items must be moved to the tray and then fed to the correct animal based on color.  The app allows for voice over counting in more than 15 languages.  I love that the animals offer subtle cues for the color matching through sound effects/movements.  This increases a child's chances for success, even when they are just beginning to understand the concept for sorting by color.  You can also address beginning subtraction, while feeding the cafe patrons.      

The little dog option is a shape matching game.  It offers a wide variety of foods, which makes it great for vocabulary and categorizing activities as well.  Children can use their finger to move the picture to the left or right for the match, but they can also tilt the iPad to make the food slide.   This is a great cause/effect feature that also addresses motor planning. 

The third game features a bird and her smoothie machine.  There are three choices for smoothie flavors featuring red/blue/yellow, but by pressing two buttons simultaneously kids can mix the flavors to create different colors.  The three animal friends then share the smoothie created with curly straws.  This app responds to multi-touch which allows more than one of my students to participate at a time, which I love. Brain freezes and burps are all a part of the smoothie drinking fun.

This app is normally $1.99, but is free for a limited time.  Head on over to this little diner and feed your child's imagination today.

From iTunes:


Hungry for fun? Help feed the pets as you learn about shapes, numbers and colors. This playful new app is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Pet Cafe includes three educational activities. Your little one will be begging for seconds and thirds... and fourths! 
Features 
• Match shapes by swiping or tilting 
• Count and sort delicious treats 
• Create a colorful fruit smoothy 
• Count in more than 15 languages including Spanish, French, German, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin. 
• Full of adorable activities, animations and sounds. 
• Perfect for 2-4 year olds. 
• No in-app purchases or third-party advertising, so you and your child can play without interruptions! 

Sago Mini apps are charming and playful. They are the ideal first apps for your little one. 

About Sago Sago 
We’re a team of designers and developers who create apps that children love and parents trust. We build on kids' natural sense of wonder, creativity and curiosity to create apps that are positive and fun. Sago Sago empowers kids through play in new and emerging digital platforms.

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