What did you want to be when you grew up? Do you remember? I think I wanted to be everything: Writer, archeologist, astronaut, Supreme Court Justice, and lawyer. Needless to say, I became ‘none of the above’. Sanoen released a new educational game for children from about five years old and younger called When I Grow Up… (iPad Only $1.99)
Complete with five user modes, parents can choose the best one for their child. For children 0-3 there is an autoplay mode which shows the image and word and speaks the word. In autoplay, the image then advances automatically after 1.5 seconds. Reading words mode is for children ages 1-4, in which the image and word are shown. In order to hear the word spoken, the child must tap the word. Advancing to the other occupations the child must tap the red advance arrow. Easy spelling mode allows children ages 3-4 match letters to the occupation name. The placement of the letters shows the appropriate greyed out letter so the child knows where the letters need to be placed. For children 4 years and older, spelling mode is similar to Easy spelling mode but there are no greyed out letters. The children need to know in what order the letters go. The last mode, Reading Sentences, shows an entire sentence of each occupation. In order to hear the entire sentence children need to tap on it.
The graphics are adorable and the characters range from singer to doctor to teacher. Although this educational app is geared towards the younger crowd, because it comes in different languages (Spanish, French, German, and more) it can be used as a learning tool for older children as well. Parents and children can flip the languages right within the app to see the English version of need be.
Sanoen has impressed me in the past with their Alzheimer’s app Sarah Little Fairy And Grandma and To The Farm (which my children still adore!) When I Grow Up is another winning app, in my opinion, from this developer. Reading is a huge deal in my house and anything I can use to help my children learn to read is a plus in my book.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this app for review. All opinions are my own.