What is it
Explore an enchanted forest with Jinja the cat in the Sago Mini Fairy Tales app. Invite Jinja out to play and discover a magical world filled with familiar fairy tale characters. You can meet a witch, frog , a castle (of the bouncy variety) and a baby fire breathing dragon. Chidren fly through the sky and tap on the animations, there are more than 30 to find.
Young children can explore this app on their own and enjoy the animations, but this app lends itself to being enjoyed, and enhanced, by parental input; parents can question the children as to what is happening; how characters are feeling and what they think will happen next.
Tested on an iPad
What our team of testers said
"He is a knight, the knights are fighting" - Boy aged 4
"Let's knock the acorns down" - Girl aged 3
- Allows children to use their imagination and encourages them to explore
- With parental input has the ability to develop story telling
- Develops vocabulary if children are encouraged to verbalise what they see/do
What our experts think
Such lovely animations! The children really enjoyed exploring this world and it was great to see characters they were familiar with from classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes included – watching Humpty Dumpty fall off his wall was particularly popular with one child we observed!
It’s so important to encourage pre-school age children’s curiosity and this app is great at helping them to do that, learning the fun features of the app through trial and error. They soon learnt the importance of the yellow shape (that indicates an interactive feature). There were so many sweet features to discover from the simple joy of the toadstools that make a noise to the dressing up box at the top of a waterfall and of course the bouncy castle and beanstalk slide. There are in fact more than 30 animations included.
Children can get even more from the app with a parent or other carer sitting alongside. It’s important for a parent to allow their child the freedom to explore this app at their own pace and in their own way but it has even more potential to develop imagination and communication if you can encourage children to verbalise what they see. It’s a great way to help your pre-schooler take their first steps towards story telling.
It would be even better if...
Whilst an app that encourages free play and trial and error is fabulous some children find it hard to engage with something so open-ended without a little more structure. A few additional features to add a goal and a bit of structure, whilst retaining the open-ended nature of the app, could broadened the appeal and add to its potential for developing skills, particularly in older children. We can see this has wonderful potential to create budding story tellers!
- Brands: Sago Sago toys inc
- Key Features:
- No 3rd party adverts
- No in-app purchasing
- Child Restrictions: Yes- appropriate features restricted
- Languages available:
- Apple version: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
- App Types: Educational Apps
- Types of skills developed: Creativity
Speech, language and communication skills