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Bubbly-fun from A-Z, red to blue, farm to zoo, 1 to 2...
on October 2, 2013
This app is AMAZING and fun even on the homescreen! Who doesn't love bubbles? This app is more than just attractive, though- it is highly educational and the amount of topics it covers is HUGE!! Upper and lowercase letters, numbers, colors, shapes, toys, farm and zoo animals, fruits, and vegetables all have their own activities. There is TONS of content here and it is sure to keep your little one busy for a long time. It is a level of quality I have grown to expect with 22Learn's apps, as they are grounded in educational research and proven methods. I love using them with my students (kids LOVE technology and think they're playing when they're actually learning) and they are all-around excellent. BubbleSchool is so comprehensive and bubbly-fun that I don't know where to begin!
Each of the categories I listed above (they are in the app description, also) contains 3 activities- Let's Learn, Let's Play, and Bubble Pop. 'Let's Learn' is a great feature of this app, as it gives players a mini-lesson on the concept selected. Each little lesson takes one thing from the topic (so, one letter, number, animal, color, etc.), displays it in writing, provides a picture, and says the name of the current item out loud. Items can be scrolled through using arrows on the left and right of the screen. This is perfect for children to feel 'in control' and move along at their own pace. Each picture provided is placed in a bubble that prompts a friendly voice to say what's in it when popped. Children will love the satisfying bubble "pop!" followed by the professional voice overs in this app that teach them new words.
"Let's Play" invites children to test their skills in identifying the colors, animals, shapes etc. they learn in "Let's Learn". Players select a fun animal avatar to accompany them on their journey. The game then vocally prompts the user to "pop the color/shape/animal" and points are awarded as the correct bubbles are popped. The game levels begin with one bubble to select from and then adds more, increasing difficulty. The animal avatar, colorful, relaxing background, happy sun character, and even a round of applause between levels ensures players stay motivated and never feel frustrated. It is a truly kid-friendly app and wrong answers are a non-issue- the app simply encourages the player to try again. This type of environment is friendly for young learners and the bubbles are super fun!
The final mode, "Bubble Pop" is a free-play mode where players can just enjoy the best part- popping away! As each bubble is popped, a friendly, professional voice says the name of the object that was popped. This is great for reinforcing the names of objects that the player just learned. By hearing it repeatedly, more connections are built in the brain and memorization occurs. Of course, that is clearly secondary to the tremendous fun the bubble popping and bright, engaging environments provide ;)
Users can even check and beat high scores from the main menu. This provides tremendous re-playability and lets players and caregivers track progress in a visual way. Scores can easily be erased if need be through this menu as well. The settings menu allows music, hints, and sound effects to be toggled on and off. Users can also select whether objects appear in random or alphabetical order and letter casing. Customization is great here, and it allows the app to adjust to various learning levels and paces.
The low price on this one is worth it JUST for the fun bubble-popping action, but the inclusion of professional voice overs, super cute illustrations, and tons of new words to learn make this app a winner. It is the most fun-and most comprehensive- general preschool learning app I have encountered. You'll be hard pressed to find another quality app that includes all your child's favorites, as this one does so beautifully!