What is it
Pacca Alpaca – Basic language learning is an app that can be used to introduce children to different languages. Choose from English, Arabic, French, Spanish, Chinese, German or Welsh and join Pacca Alpaca as he encourages children to learn new vocabulary whilst playing games.
To start with children have to get the cute Alpaca ready; then they travel to Australia. Building upon a child’s natural sense of adventure and curiosity, Pacca Alpaca and his animal friends teach about shapes, colours and numbers whilst they explore the country. Children will discover a different culture featuring indigenous animals, nature, locations, music and art.
There is a range of engaging games and activities which help children develop their early shape, number and colour knowledge.
The app contains 9 levelled and replay-able educational activities.
Tested on an iPad
What our team of testers said
"I love this!!" - Boy, aged 4
"Pacca Alpacca is really cute!" - Girl, aged 5
- Allows children to explore another country
- Encourages shape recognition
- Develops children's colour awareness
- Practises counting
- Allows children to hear and explore different languages
What our experts think
Pacca Alpaca basic language learning is a vibrant and engaging app that immerses children in different languages and a different culture. We loved the graphics and our testers really liked the Alpaca character and the interactions they could have with him (bathing proved a big hit!)
The choice of languages is good and the use of native speakers is excellent and well thought out; the voices used were clear and very easy to understand. Through listening to the words spoken and playing the games, children are being exposed to vocabulary in their chosen language.
The activities were varied and the children enjoyed playing them; they developed shape, colour and number recognition and encouraged counting of objects.
We really liked the graphics, they were particularly engaging and definitely delighted and motivated our little testers.
It would be even better if...
The opening page was unclear for young children; as a result, they needed help to get started. Also, on a couple of the games the aim was a little unclear (for example the turtle counting game) – a little clip showing children what to do would have been brilliant.
- Brands: Anamil Tech, Pacca Alpaca
- Key Features:
- British English
- Made in the UK
- No 3rd party adverts
- No internet access required for core features
- Child Restrictions: Yes- appropriate features restricted
- Languages available:
- Apple version: iPhone, iPod Touch
Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later.
- Android version: 4.0 and up
- App Types: Educational Apps
- Types of skills developed: Cognitive
Colour, shape and pattern recognition
Numeracy, counting & money
Speech, language and communication skills
Understanding the world