Friday, 8 July 2011

Ben's top iPad / iPhone app this week: Itsy Bitsy Spider

This weeks app of choice is Itsy Bitsy Spider by Duck Duck Moose. Ben has been playing with this for well over a year now and still loves it. I first installed the iPhone version and it was invaluable to keep him entertained on occasions such as long car journeys.

The app is based on the nursery rhyme Itsy Bitsy Spider (or Incy Wincy Spider as it is known in the UK) and is highly interactive. It is both fun and educational. There is a lot to do in this app as virtually everything you touch causes an action. Some of the interactive features which occur when you tap the screen are as follows the spider moves up the waterspout and then parachutes back down again, the girl splashes in puddles, the caterpillar changes into a butterfly, the squirrel fetches nuts to build a house, the clouds make the wind blow and begin to rain. A little fly is the narrator and provides snippets of information about nature and the environment such as how clouds form, how many legs a spider has, where rainbows come from, what the sun is and many more interesting facts. The squirrel helps your child to learn to count to ten by collecting nuts to build a house. Other fun tasks include collecting eggs which later play music, stacking hats on the spiders head and playing peek-a-boo with a frog. I quite like the music but you can listen to a violin or cello version or customise it by recording yourself singing which would enable you to change the words to Incy Wincy Spider if you preferred.

When I first installed this for Ben I had to help him play it as he was quite young then but now he can easily navigate about and it can keep him busy for some time. It's a great app to install if you are going on holidays and need some in flight entertainment. Ben loves making the girl splash in the puddles and helping the squirrel to collect the nuts. He has started counting along when the squirrel fetches the nuts which I think is great. There is a little character which when you touch slides down the rainbow and goes 'weeeee', Ben can spend ages doing this saying 'weeeee' which makes me laugh.

The app is available to download from the App Store and costs £1.19 with both a version for the iPhone and a HD version for the iPad. It is definitely worth £1.19 as it is guaranteed to keep your preschooler busy when you really need an app to keep their attention for some time. It is worth mentioning that it was designed by parents and I think this is part of the reason why it is so good and incorporates both fun and learning. In my opinion it's a definite must have app!


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