What is it
The Orchard Toys 3-in1 app is based on popular Orchard Toys games and puzzles and teaches children all about shapes, colours and patterns.
This educational app comprises:
- 8 jigsaws (containing a range of different animals)
- A matching and memory pairs game (which uses some familiar characters) and
- A colour, shape and pattern matching game (based on the Dotty Dinosaur game).
Each of these games has different levels of difficulty.
The illustrations are bright and children who are familiar with Orchard Toys games will recognise them instantly.
Tested on an iPad
What our team of testers said
"Animals mummy, animals!!" - Girl, aged 2
"I want to do this one again" - Boy, aged 3
- Encourages children to compare and match colours, shapes and patterns
- Develops colour, shape and pattern recognition
- Encourages children to use their memory and matching skills
What our experts think
The Orchard Toys 3-in-1 app brings the much loved Orchard Toys games to an app, making them easy to play on the move. The app is vibrant and uses bright colours and simple pictures to engage children. Our testers particularly liked the choice of animals in the jigsaw puzzles.
The activities all encourage children’s early leaning skills, focussing on colour, shape, pattern and matching. They are very important skills for children to develop in their preschool years.
Our testers really liked the way in which there were different levels for each of the activities; this means that children can feel a sense of achievement as they progress.
The game play is simple and the app was easy to navigate.
It would be even better if...
Some of our testers thought that the colour coding for levels was counter intuitive – red is not usually the colour used for easy!
Also, it would have been nice if the completed puzzles remained on the screen with the addition of an animation so the children could admire their work!
- Brands: Orchard Toys, PlayUCate
- British English
- Made in the UK
- No 3rd party adverts
- No in-app purchasing
- No internet access required for core features
- Child Restrictions: Yes - no restrictions required
- Languages available:
- Apple version: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later
- App Types: Educational Apps
- Types of skills developed:
Categorisation & comparison
Colour, shape and pattern recognition
Memory, concentration & attention