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Fish School

Fish School

Spring 2011 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Designer: Duck Duck Moose
Developer: Duck Duck Moose
Producer: Duck Duck Moose
Developer: Duck Duck Moose
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPhone/iPod Touch

Duck Duck Moose presents another great app for the toddler set with Fish School. The ocean is the setting in this pre-school game that teaches letters, numbers, shapes, colors and matching. True to all Duck Duck Moose apps, the animation and production quality are excellent and adorable for young users. On the first scene, the fish come together to form the shape of each letter of the alphabet. A smaller illustration next to the letter features an animal or object that begins with that letter. This same pattern follows suit in the second and third scene in which numbers and shapes are introduced. To teach colors, children are asked to tap on a fish. If the fish is a red fish, all of the other fish on screen swim away and only red fish fill the screen. The most challenging scene teaches "differences," where children are asked to identify which fish is different from the others. A memory-type matching game is also included. My toddler's favorite scene, however, was the alphabet song where all of the fish form the shapes of the letters as the song plays.

Although the suggested age range is from 3-5 years, this app is actually best for children ages 2-4. Older children will enjoy some of the more challenging games and certainly, the silly sounds and animations that they can interact with. But the focus is on early learning skills and, therefore, best for children just beginning to learn these concepts. For $1.99, you can't beat the entertainment and educational value packed into this app.

Jessica Hensley   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Jessica Hensley is a web designer, yoga and fitness enthusiast and proud mother of two very active young boys. She has been working with family and educational websites for over 12 years.

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