Anyway, I was absolutely delighted when we were given the chance last week to have a look at the new Gruffalo Games app which is available from iTunes.
The app contains six different Gruffalo themed games and is suitable for 3-7 year olds. With this in mind I duly downloaded it and added to our iPads and let my twins (aged 4) get on with playing it.
The games included are 3 in a Row (like Noughts and Crosses), Nut Catch (where you guide the mouse from the story along the screen helping him catch nuts), Jigsaw (a selection of puzzles if you haven't already guessed by the name!), Snap, Marching Bugs (a number, letter and shape sequencing game) and Match Me, where pairs of pictures are matched up.
By far and away the most played so far has been 3 in a Row. The twins really like playing against the Gruffalo and trying to beat him! I think that the graphics are really smashing (all the games are actually), but love the way that the Gruffalo's paw comes across the screen to place his counter in one of the squares. The game works on a first to win five matches basis and it is usually a race to see who can outsmart the Gruffalo and be the winner!
|3 in a Row|
DS3 has also really enjoyed the Jigsaw game. The game works by showing each picture divided into tiles and then once mixed up they have to be swapped back by tapping two at a time until they are all in the right place. There is a timer at the bottom of the screen and once the puzzle is complete the app records the time and helpfully tells you which is your best time as well! This seems to really have re-ignited DS3's love of puzzles and he has been asking if he can have some new Jigsaw puzzles of his own for his upcoming birthday.
Snap has also been a winner here and at the weekend even DS2 got in on the action and helped try and win a match against the Gruffalo - it really needed a big brother's help because the Gruffalo is very quick!
We've had a go on the other games too and the Nut Catch game I thought was much easier for little hands to control than similar games played on our computer, as was Match Me.
The Marching Bugs game is one that I can see coming in to its own when my twins progress through school as it deals with number, letter, shape and colour sequencing, some of which they can do now but some of which is much harder when pitted against a timer (as it is in this game).
We've had the app for nearly a week now and it has been very useful in providing much needed downtime for the twins after school (they are still on half days and can be quite tired after lunch!). I am very happy to let them use it as it is a beautifully put together app for small children and has plenty of educational benefits too. Even my older children had to agree that it is a fun app to play.
|Big Brothers can help beat the Gruffalo too!|
The Gruffalo Games app by Magic Light Pictures can be purchased from the iTunes store for £2.99.
We were send a code so that we could download the Gruffalo Games app from the iTunes store for free. All words and opinions are our own.