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Jungle Picnic 10.2. [text] [video]

App description: Jungle Picnic is an interactive storybook with embedded puzzles designed to teach children vital pre-numeracy skills, including matching, sorting and one-to-one correspondence. Kids of ages 2-4 will love joining Charlie, Alice and Ralph on their picnic adventure.

iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/app/jungle-picnic/id550930045?ls=1&mt=8

iDevices used for the reviews: iPad1 - iPad2 - iPad3

Total reviews: 9

Developer: Shiny Things S.

Erin B.

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What I liked Right from the menu page I was impressed. I love the parent menu and all the tips, but even more so I love that you have to swipe in a direction (which changes each time) using two fingers so my kids won't stumble upon and get stuck on the parent page. I love that it's also this way for the ad in the corner! The story is cute and I love that it's about healthy foods. The interactive parts are wonderful and few enough that we can go through the entire story in one sitting. The games are easy enough that my kids didn't need much instruction at all.


Improvements I didn't realize at first that the games were an extension of the story. I think having the story mode be more prominent than the games would be helpful. On the game version I'd like to see a timer or number of correct matches to see how much/how long you have left.
Most of the picnic items were healthy, so I was surprised to see donuts at the end. I'd love to see a healthier option.
I also think it would be nice if when you selected/matched a food if it were named to help kids recognize more healthy foods. I think seeing foods in apps regularly would help picky eaters try more healthy foods


General review This app is wonderful for kids 2-4, maybe even 5 and 6! My kids (3 and 6) both loved playing this app! The skills it practices (matching and sorting primarily) are wonderful, and I love that the main focus is healthy food. The illustrations are cute and attract my kids.
As the games go on they get more difficult, keeping my kids on their toes!
First 5 minutes video review
Video review once the app was mastered

Shelly M.

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What I liked Bright, crisp colors in these whimsical illustrations catch and hold attention. The background music is upbeat and appropriate to the theme. The narration of in Story mode is perky. Highlighting text read encourages word recognition as does highlighing and pronouncation of individual words on touch. Motor skills are enhanced by touching and dragging as are sorting and matching skills in both Story and Games. Parents have access protected by two finger swipe. Cute reward stickers. Works flawlessly. Cute screen interactions on touch. Can be used independent of parents. Good age identification


Improvements I would like to be able to turn off the music. Having words shown, read and highlighted during the sorting and matching activities would be a big plus. (Currently, only the word 'red' is on one screen referring to watermelon.) The action in matching may be a bit too fast for the lower end of the age group. The pronunciation of 'zebra' in the story may seem foreign to US English speakers. I would like to see more choice of stickers for rewards.


General review This App can be used independently by children aged 2-4 to listen to, and read along with, a story and play matching and sorting games. Children earn cute stickers as rewards. Will hold their attention with whimsical illustrations in bright, crisp colors. Works flawlessly on iPad 3.
First 5 minutes video review
Video review once the app was mastered

Frances A.

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What I liked What I liked most about Jungle Picnic was the fun and fast paced games and the fact that they were related to the story. It is the perfect way to promote literacy skills, matching skills and one to one correspondence in early learners. I thought that the story was enjoyable and easy to follow, which is appropriate for children ages 2-5. I liked that the idea touched upon a variety of concepts, even more than I mentioned to promote learning as well. One of the games that stood out the most was matching the correct fruit items. It was something similar to what I see taught within schools.


Improvements My wish list for the app comes from the games mostly. It did crash a few times when choosing just to play the games. During each game (such as you find in the The Picnic game) I believe each item should be named when clicked onto it. Not only if you click the picture of it (such as above the giraffe’s head) to help create a greater understanding. I also think that the color idea and possibly the shapes as well when the fruit is tossing can be very abstract for early learners; especially those with disabilities. Perhaps, this could be broken down more into levels for different learners.


General review I think that the game Jungle Picnic is well created and diverse. I think that it is great that it has a safety method in order to get into the parents section. I truly like this feature, child safety is key in an app. I think that the story is enjoyable for all children, even above that of children ages 2-5. The games are also imaginative, creative and engaging which promotes learning. Overall, I like the app Jungle Picnic.
First 5 minutes video review
Video review once the app was mastered

Amanda A.

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What I liked I liked this app because it reads to the child and it highlights the words as it says the words wheich is extremely helpful for beginning readers. I also thought the animations are very engaging. Also, the game mode and the story mode is a great addition.


Improvements On a future version, I would like to see a feature to where the child can read aloud to the highlighted words and record themselves. Also a play back feature would be nice too. Not only will the app by entertaining but educational as well. I could me using this app in my elementary classroom.


General review My general opinion about this app would be it would be a great app for any child to listen to, follow along with, and read aloud with. The animated characters were a tons of tons to play with. Also I really enjoyed that the game mode was separate from the story.
First 5 minutes video review
Video review once the app was mastered

Amy T.

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What I liked This is a really nice app for young children. I really enjoy the bright but simple, uncluttered graphics, the likeable characters- familiar zoo animals. The app has many well thought out features, such as the parental lock to access social media and app links, and has professional narration, graphics and sound effects. I appreciate how not Not only does it work on language skills, it also requires fine motor skills such as dragging, tapping etc. This is a fun, motivating way to practice these skills. The simple language used is perfect for this age group.


Improvements I would be happy to see additional settings to turn off the music- some of my students can be very distracted by background music. I also would love to see spoken labels that pop up when an image is tapped in story mode. In addition, in the picnic game- when an animal is fed the incorrect food- I would like the animal to model some language relevant to the situation, like "I don't want a tomato" or " I want bread please" or even something simple like "No Thank you". I think settings to control the difficulty of the games would be helpful too.


General review I really like this app, and the kids are engaged by it while practicing important early learning skills- including fine motor (dragging, tapping etc). I like how the story mode embeds games within it, and I really love how the characters speak about what they are doing- this is a nice app for early "theory of mind" concepts. The app uses simple and clear sentence structures that a young user can understand to guide him/ her through game play.
First 5 minutes video review
Video review once the app was mastered

melissa r.

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What I liked Fantastic app for the intended age group. Bright eye catching graphics that are amusing and entertaining. Great combination of a storybook with a level of interactiveness to hold the attention of a young child. Extra gameplay is an appreciated extra.


Improvements Big fixed of blank screen. Ability to contact developer and adjust sounds etc. would be great to see the Toucan hidden on all pages of the storybook for children to find. A stronger moral to the story would be great ie have monkey apologise and then help fix the issue.


General review Fantastic entertaining app that is sure to be a winner with the targeted age group. The ability to play the games seperately to the storybook helps to hold the attention of the child. Brilliant value for the small price tag. Interactiveness of storybook adds to the entertaining factor whilst word highlighting is great for those learning to read.
First 5 minutes video review
Video review once the app was mastered

Andrew M.

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What I liked I liked pretty much everything. The story is simple but entertaining for children. The games embedded in the game are fun to play but (more importantly) develop a number of skills - hand-eye coordination, problem-solving, critical thinking, etc. My children LOVE this app.


Improvements I honestly can't think of anything to recommend. All features work well, the animation and narration are excellent, and the games are both fun and developmentally valuable. There are features I have seen in other games that this one lacks (like a menu button) but I don't think anything like that would significantly improve this app - it's great!


General review This fun app takes children into a story where plans for a jungle picnic are jeopardized by monkey's antics. Food must be identified, sorted and stored in a series of interactive games. One of the best features of the app is that the words on each page are repeated when you tap them. This feature makes sight word practice easy and fun! A great app overall.
First 5 minutes video review
Video review once the app was mastered

Caitlin O.

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What I liked I like the story line that goes along with the games in this app. The highlighting of the words feature is great and the different action when you touch the pages of the story so engaging. Twins app provides an opportunity for my students to practice sorting by various attributes in a fn setting.


Improvements I would Ike to we options provided for various accents. I would also like to see the ability to change settings to make the games easier or harr. Students who have poor fine motor planning may not be able to get the the difference t items in the sorting basket game quick enough and the item will be taken away. I would also like lot see the addition of so simple directions in the beginning for the games to help students along. Another feature that would be nice would be the ability to turn off the reading voice so kids could read it independently.


General review Overall, a great app with fun activities. The app includes a story that is read with various fun characters, different things to touch on each page and games that fit into the story line. Kids can play the games within the story or independent of the story. The games use a fun format to practice various sorting tasks. Kids need to sort by various attributes. Great practice for sorting IEP goalsM
First 5 minutes video review
Video review once the app was mastered

Becky W.

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What I liked I liked this app because it is a story and a game that reinforces early critical thinking skills. I also enjoyed using this app with my preschooler because it is so intuitive. Besides the highlighted text in the story there is no addition words or language to interfere with the task. Everything is visual.


Improvements I especially liked that I could access the games outside the story. I would like more customization options to target certain skills. Although I like that there is no timer present, if my child is using the app and I want to gauge his success, if I had a reports section telling how long it took him to complete the task, that would be valuable information.


General review Jungle Picnic is a nice little app for younger children. It contains a story with three mini games of classifying, sorting, and one-to-one correspondence. The games increase in difficulty as play progresses and are available outside the story. The prompts and instructions are mostly visual with an occasional pleasant voice guiding the child when needed.
First 5 minutes video review
Video review once the app was mastered