Madagascar Preschool Surf N’ Slide and learn at the same time.
The latest in our High Tech Kids segment series comes to us from JumpStart and Dreamworks Animation. Today, we review the Madagascar Preschool Surf n’ Slide iOS and Android app.
A representative from JumpStart games approached us, here at Windy Pinwheel, recently and asked that we take a look at another fun and exciting game called, Madagascar: Preschool Surf n’ Slide available on iOS, Android, Kindle and Nook devices. Of course, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to share an app with our children that would help them to learn and grow, so we happily said yes to check out the app the only way anyone should, through the eyes of a child.
Upon starting up the app, you get to choose your character; there are four to choose from, each are toddler versions of the main characters found in the DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar movies. After you have selected the character, you can then select from over 40 different “surf” boards. The boards range from actual surf boards to cardboard boxes with designs on them (of course, a cardboard box is what you would find in a city scene), to snow boards, sleds, clouds, turtles and more. My daughter, A, immediately chose the baby lion and the lion surf board. A is 5 years-old and just started Kindergarten, so her lion gear “had to match”.
Once you have paired your selections you get to surf down several scenes; from a half pipe of a storm drain/sewer (as a city landscape would appropriately have as a part of the scenery) to an antarctic frozen half pipe (perfect for the Madagasgar penguins). Along the sides/half pipes, various characters are there to cheer you on along the way. My favorite is the lemur. That character cracks me up. The goal of the half pipe is to collect as many stars as possible to earn stickers. Once you have collected several stars, you come to a character holding balloons who presents a challenge in the form of a quick quiz.
The quiz is verbal and asks the kid to identify a part of a pattern, like a zoo animal amongst farm animals or the other way around or maybe a letter that is in lower case, a colored shape or even a number. This is where the learning side of the app comes into play. My daughter just whizzed right through these questions as she likes to think she’s a smart cookie, but where she really enjoyed the app were the stickers.
After each round of quiz questions in the Madagascar Preschool Surf n’ Slide app the player gets to select from one of three options of the stickers they want to keep for their collection. Then the app flips over to the sticker side. The kid can then place stickers on one of four different backgrounds and just released, a new update to this game allows players to take their own pictures and use them as backgrounds in their sticker book. How cool is that? “This feature really takes learning to the next level – customization and ownership is such a growing trend with children, and JumpStart wanted to bring that to every preschooler’s learning experience with this new update to Madagascar Preschool Surf N’ Slide,” says Stephanie Song, Public Relations for JumpStart.
Overall, the Madagascar Preschool Surf n’ Slide app is very useful in educating children while letting them have fun in shredding it up in the half pipe. The replay potential is high on the Madagascar Preschool Surf n’ Slide app because children love stickers and the quiz keeps my children engaged. I would recommend this for preschool-aged kids up to about age 6 or 7 years-old. Beyond that, boredom could set in quickly for anyone older who can quickly pass the quiz and the repetitive nature of the half pipe area.
Currently at $2.99 in the iTunes App Store, this is a sweet deal to keep your preschool-aged kids entertained while they learn and grow.
Where: The iTunes App Store, Google Play, Kindle and Nook marketplaces.
What: Madagascar Preschool Surf n’ Slide.
Need to know: This app is focused on preschool-aged children.
Extra Extra: Check out the “Parent” customization tab in the lower left-hand corner from the launch screen to select what types of “lesson” quizzes your child will interact with and register to get up-to-date news about JumpStart right inside the Madagascar Preschool Surf n’ Slide app.
Website/Contact Information: www.jumpstart.com
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Here’s a game play of the Madagascar Preschool Surf n’ Slide app courtesy of Stela Appes:
As an added bonus to this review, we, at Windy Pinwheel, in conjuction with JumpStart would like to give away a download code for a copy of the app for your family. Simply enter the giveaway below and be sure to come back every day before 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time Friday, September 13, 2013 to enter.