In our household the adults are lucky to get their hands on the iPad, which is why we’re always on the lookout for apps and games that our kids will love, and that we’ll feel good about them playing. Pip and Posy: Fun and Games App is an app that fits that demanding bill. From the whimsical illustrations by talented illustrator, Alex Scheffler (illustrator of The Gruffalo), to the British-accented narration, to the various games and lovable characters, Pip and Posy: Fun and Games is an app that other children’s app makers should hold up as a mark to aspire to.
Designed for pre-schoolers, the app offers a variety of games that younger kids will love including: memory matching, jigzaw puzzle, find the difference between two images, and a coloring book. In addition, they have a fun game where kids are asked to make faces, and the ability to capture those moments is worth the price of the app itself. As Erika and I have begun to research more educational and entertaining apps for our kids, we’ve found that they can really vary in quality and value. Pip and Posy: Fun and Games is definitely at the top of the heap.
What’s Chic? The charming illustration, delightful narration and thoughtful attention to detail make this an app worth having for your pre-schoolers.
What’s Weak? We just wish they made one for slightly older kids! Our soon-to-be-kindergarteners handled the most advanced levels with relative ease.
When our kids use the iPad we want to ensure that they’re getting something out of it. Educational apps, problem solving apps, language and math skills, letter-writing and more, we want interactive time to be a mentally stimulating experience where they can work on skills that they’ll need while encouraging them to explore subjects that might one day become their passion. That’s not always easy to find in apps made for kids; but Nosy Crow has really delivered an app that you can feel good about letting your pre-schooler play. It has great brain-stimulating games like memory, jigsaw puzzles and coloring, and it’s wrapped in a thoughtfully designed and whimsical world of Pip and Posy, a lovable bunny and mouse who transition from lead characters in the popular books into playmates in the app.
See the app in action here:
The Pip and Posy: Fun and Games App comes with the following:
- Jigsaw puzzles of scenes from Pip and Posy books
- Spot the difference game to find the differences between two photos
- Memory matching game with 8, 16 or 24 cards
- Coloring pages of Pip and Posy
- Copy the faces of Pip and Posy
Each game (except for coloring and copy the faces) has three levels. They start of relatively easily and then increase in complexity with the hardest being at level three. You can see this particularly in the jigsaw as the number of pieces increase, and in the memory matching as the number of pairs increases. This is a great way to let your younger children find success, while keeping the app fresh and engaging as they build their skill. As I mentioned, our kids, 5 and 6, found level 3 the one most interesting, as the other levels were too easy; but for younger preschoolers the app seems perfectly balanced. I wish they had this when our kids were a bit younger, as I’m sure it would’ve provided hours of entertainment. But even now, the kids really enjoy the Level 3 games.
One of our favorite parts of the app is a game where you make faces that mimic Pip and Posy, and then capture the picture with the iPad camera. You can then save it to your iPad, to email it, etc. It’s a ton of fun and we had a great time playing with it. I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of it too.
Does Chic Dad Recommend?
Absolutely. The attention to detail and care that went into making Pip and Posy: Fun and Games App is apparent. It’s well done and perfect for kids 3 to 6. Pip and Posy are the perfect playmates in this well-designed and delightfully-illustrated iPad app. It really is one of the best children’s apps we’ve had the pleasure of playing with. Alex Scheffler and Nosy Crow are known for their thoughtful children’s books, and they’ve made the leap to game design seem like second nature. As I mentioned, I hope Nosy Crow continues to invest and develop children’s games and apps. Our family will be anxiously awaiting future titles. But until then, we’ve got Pip and Posy: Fun and Games to keep us all entertained.
Want to know more about Pip and Posy? Watch this brief video:
Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this app at no charge. Opinions are my own.