Thursday, 3 May 2012

Tell the Time with Bubbimals iPad / iPhone App Review

If you are looking for an app to help teach your child how to tell time and read a clock then I can highly recommend checking out Tell the Time with Bubbimals by Playerthree. This is a fun app which will instantly appeal to kids with it's colourful interface and animated speaking clock. There are five stages of learning to suit all levels which starts with learning to tell the time by hours only and progresses through to Hours and half hours, Hours, half hours and quarter hours, Hours, half hours, quarter hours, five minutes to the full use of hours and minutes. It also has both UK and USA learning modes.

Tell the Time with Bubbimals iPad / iPhone App, learning stages and settings
5 learning modes available and settings
Tell the Time with Bubbimals iPad / iPhone App, Learning Modes
4 Modes to select from
There are four learning modes for each stage which include Play with Mr Clock where you can move the clock hands and set the time which is then displayed and the time set is narrated; What's the time? where you are asked to set the time and press go to check if it correct; Choose the time where you select the correct clock from a choice of four to match the time you are asked for and Match the time where a clock is displayed and you have to match it to the correct time from a choice of four. Throughout the various modes there are lots of positive comments and feedback which makes it a very encouraging experience for kids to learn.

Play with Mr Clock, Tell the Time with Bubbimals iPad / iPhone App
Play with Mr Clock
Tell the Time with Bubbimals iPad / iPhone App, What's the time?
What's the time?
Tell the Time with Bubbimals iPad / iPhone App, Choose the time
Choose the time
Tell the Time with Bubbimals iPad / iPhone App, Match the time
Match the Time
Ben loves playing with Mr Clock and setting the time. He is definitely getting the hang of telling the time by hour only so I think it is now time to move to the next stage and introduce him to half hours. I like the fact that, as a parent, I can set the learning stage and easily watch how my son is progressing before choosing to move to the next stage when I think he is ready. Also, I have to say, I love the narration which is a child's very cute voice rather than computer generated narration which serves to give Mr Clock a lot of character and personality.

This is a simple, yet very effective and engaging app to help young children learn to tell the time. Tell the Time with Bubbimals is available to download from the app store for £1.99 and is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Tell the Time with Bubbimals
Ben enjoying playing with Mr Clock
* Disclaimer: I received a promo code to download this app but this has in no way biased my opinion.

6 comments:

Lisa | Mama.ie said...

Must check this out. My son is two and a half, but he's really curious about time lately. He keeps asking what time it is, and he knows the key times for things like naptime, lunchtime, dinnertime, and bedtime. But he doesn't know all his numbers yet, so I haven't really been doing anything about his curiosity with clocks and time. Perhaps I should though? I think I'll check this app out and see if he enjoys it. 

Mummy's Space said...

 You should definitely Lisa, it really is a great app for getting them familiar with clocks and reading the time. This morning Ben looked at the clock on the wall and said "the time is 9 o'clock' which was definitely something he has learnt from using Tell the Time with Bubbimals.

Lisa | Mama.ie said...

 So...I bought and downloaded this app...and it keeps crashing on me. I don't think it's this app in particular because a couple of other apps keep doing the same thing. Wonder if it's a sign the iPad 1 that we have is in desperate need of a reboot?

Mummy's Space said...

That's strange I never have any problem with it on the iPad or iPhone and Ben has been playing with this app in particular a lot! Could it be the version of iOS installed perhaps? Do you want me to contact the developers with details of your error to see if they can help? x

Lisa | Mama.ie said...

The iOS is the most recent one. That was the first thing I checked.  I'll restart the iPad this evening, and see if that makes a difference. If not, I'll let you know. :)

Lisa | Mama.ie said...

 Thought I should update here - restarted the iPad, and the app is working perfectly now! So the problem was our hardware, not the app!

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