Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Guess Moo! iPad App Review

     I was recently provided access to an app called "Guess Moo" via This is a learning app targeted at young children and teaches about common animals and the sounds they make. When the child taps an animal, a short poem featuring that animal pops up.
     For example, when the rooster pops up, there is a poem that reads:

Every morning is so much fun.
 I shout for joy when I see the sun.

     There is also a voice that reads the poem out loud, because in general, the app's target audience doesn't know how to read. However, the words in the poems are simple enough that they make good "sight" words, and it might be helpful for the parent to point to each word as it is being said so the child can make the association.

     There is music which you can turn on or off. My daughter likes it on. :-/ It kinda gets on your nerves after a few minutes. And the music is non-stop. It doesn't stop when you push on the animal and it goes to the little poem.
     There is also a short quiz you can do. You listen to the animal sound, then choose which of four animals makes that noise. If you're right it says "uh huh" and if you're not it says "uh uh." I think it would be better if it it said "Yes, you're right!" or "No, that's not it." I think it would be easier for kids to understand.
     If they get a perfect score on the quiz, they get to play a "bonus" game in which they get t pop balloons floating to the top of the screen. Then there is some victory music.
     Other than the somewhat unclear "uh huhs" and "uh uhs" in the quiz, it is a pretty good learning app. I think it has the right amount of animals for young children and is pretty easy to understand. I know my daughter really likes it!

*I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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