What is it
This app helps children to recognise letters, shapes, numbers and colours (numbers/colours only available in the full paid version) by feeding the hungry monsters Stumpy (letters), Lexie (shapes) and (in the paid version) Otto (numbers).
There are 2 levels in the ‘easy’ level the required shape, letter or number is shown on the monsters tummy, in the ‘hard’ level the voiceover requests the shape, letter or number the monster would like to eat. The picnic basket shows the whole alphabet letting the children hear the letter name as they select each and click on the letter to eat it up in several bites.
The American voiceover refers to letters by letter name (rather than letter sound). The app is aimed at pre-schoolers.
What our team of testers said
Smiles and giggles when the monster eats the letter - Girl aged 2.5
"It's a triangle so he wants to eat this one" - Girl aged 3
- Helps pre-schoolers recognise letters and letter names
- Introduces shapes and shape names
- Develops recognition of numbers and colours
What our experts think
A simple, fun, child-friendly approach to learning the alphabet, and great to see shape recognition and full alphabet in the picnic basket all part of the free app. Upgrading at £0.69 to include numbers and colours seems good value.
The children really enjoyed seeing Stumpy munch the letters and even quite young children were able to successfully choose the right letter/shape/number in ‘easy’ mode. They found it funny if they chose the wrong letter and the monster was sick (but not enough to encourage them to get it wrong on purpose)! The ‘easy’ and ‘hard’ options worked well once noticed.
It would be even better if...
We’d love to see options for:
– British English voiceover
– Letter sounds rather than letter names
– Easy / Difficult option made more obvious
It’s great that we could get this working on a first generation iPad (unlike many apps and despite being aimed at iOS6.0 and above) but it would be great it if was faster to load and more reliable on that platform.
Point to the letters, numbers, shapes on screen and ask your child to name each one. Get them to give you the letter sound as well or instead of the letter name to support learning through Phonics. Once your child gets the hang of the easy mode, put it into ‘hard’ mode and help them initially to recognise the right answer.
- Brands: Roo Roo Games
- No 3rd party adverts
- No internet access required for core features
- Child Restrictions: Yes- appropriate features restricted
- Languages available: American English
- Appropriate child restricted areas? Yes- appropriate features restricted
- Apple version: iPhone, iPod Touch
Requires iOS 6.0 or later
- App Types: Educational Apps
- Types of skills developed: Cognitive
Colour, shape and pattern recognition
Learning to read
Numeracy, counting & money
Speech, language and communication skills
- Additional features: £0.69 in-app purchase to full version including numbers