I’ve been given the chance to try out the new Little Princess I Want to Play iApp. As I am always on the lookout for good apps for pre-schoolers, especially those of an educational nature I thought I would give it a try.
My first impressions were favourable – the Tony Ross illustrations are as vibrant as those in the books and there is a selection of 4 games to play. The games are simple enough for young children to play, are very visual and have nice sound effects. The instructions for the games are written on the screen. As an app designed for pre-school children I feel it would be very helpful if they were also explained in audio, although once the rules are explained by an adult they are very easy to follow.
My 2 year old absolutely loved this app. She made her way through each of the games starting with pairs as this is familiar from many other apps. The cards are touched to reveal characters from the Little Princess stories and the object is to reveal all the matching pairs.
The dressing up game was a firm favourite, a selection of clothes and accessories are dragged onto the princess until she is dressed, you can then take a picture of your chosen outfit. My daughter was a little disappointed that when she dressed the princess in her swimming costume complete with armbands, goggles, flippers and rubber ring, the princess did not go off for a swim. Perhaps this could be an added feature? A helpful arrow appears to show where the accessories should be placed on the princess, helping to avoid unnecessary frustrations.
Bath Time was another popular choice, Puss and Scruff need to be cleaned. To begin with you rub the animals to lather them up (an arrow appears to tell you if you have missed a bit) and once they are covered in soap, bubbles appear . The object is to pop all the bubbles in the shortest space of time. Even my 9 month old enjoyed playing this one (much to the annoyance of her sister).
The final game is bunny bop. Rabbits appear from rabbit holes and the object is to bop as many as possible on the head in the alloted time. If you bop Puss or Scruff points are deducted ( this didn’t deter my 2 year old who prefered to bop the cat and dog – clearly not as competitive as her dad then).
The app was a huge success with my 2 year old and my 7 year old enjoyed it too. I wouldn’t say it has any particular educational value but is a very good entertainment app for under 5’s.
The Little Princess I Want to Play iApp is available to buy for £1.99. Money well spent I would say.
This app was tested on the iPad.