I loved Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter books growing up. Because they were some of my favorites, I kept them and read those same books to Bryson and Bella. Now, they’ve introduced Little Critter games and apps and we were given the opportunity to review the The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure app for the iPhone. Bryson can be picky with which apps he truly enjoys and this one made it to the top of his list almost immediately. Just yesterday morning, he woke me up asking to “read his book” on my phone. It is a fun app full of little hidden surprises and educational games, so I have no problems allowing him to play it.
The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure ($3.99)
Based on Mercer Mayer’s classic book of the same name and featuring his incredible original artwork, The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure invites children to travel along with Little Critter and his family on an action-packed road trip. Kids can help Little Critter choose the route the family will take and explore the countryside, the city, the beach and more; fix the car when it breaks down; move a horse stuck in the middle of the road; feed the seagulls; and even find time to grab a hot dog. All this while playing lots of games with Little Sister along the way to pass the time!
Recommended for ages three to seven, the app emphasizes basic pre-school and early elementary curriculum. An inventory collection and selection feature is incorporated, designed to build critical problem-solving skills; alphabet flashcards hidden on every screen teach and reinforce letter recognition; and successful completion of six puzzles—including sequence and matching games—unlocks six collectible gems used to play an arcade-style game. Other features include text highlighting, visual interactive item clues and professional audio narration and dramatization, which help to keep non-readers engaged with the story.
Available simultaneously is The Trip – Little Critter GamePak, an extension of the reading adventure app, which includes over 50 fun and engaging activities featuring Little Critter. Divided into two sections, the GamePak includes five game themes including Dot-to-Dot, Mazes, Matching Pictures and Words, and How Many?
The GamePak also features Digistix – a section that features over 175 digital stickers across five game themes, inspiring the imagination and fostering creativity. In two special beach and camp activities, Digistix stickers that are tapped, dragged and dropped into the scenes react differently depending on where they are placed, enabling kids to move and change the scenes to create a new adventure every time. Featuring helpful words of encouragement from Little Critter throughout, The Trip – Little Critter GamePak, is regularly priced at $3.99.
Little Critter Freebies
Sunday, April 21 is National Kindergarten Day, and to celebrate, Silver Dolphin Books is offering you the opportunity to download for FREE The Trip – Little Critter GamePak app featuring over 50 engaging and educational activities for one day only, to honor the birthday of Friedrich Froebel, the world-renowned educator who established the first kindergarten in 1837. The FREE version is available ONLY on iTunes.
Check out the Silver Dolphin blog for free Little Critter activity sheets to download and print.
One winner will receive a Mercer Mayer autographed copy of the beautifully illustrated Just a Little Critter Collection, a 176-page hardcover collection of seven Little Critter stories in one book (SRP: $9.99). Just a Little Critter Collection is the perfect way to introduce children to Mercer Mayer’s tales, with stories including Just For You, When I Get Bigger, I Was So Mad and All By Myself. This is a Rafflecopter giveaway. If you are reading this via e-mail or feed, please click over to the post to enter. Thank you!
We received an app download & an autographed book. All thoughts & opinions remain my own, as always. I’ve always been a huge Mercer Mayer fan & I hoping to raise some Little Critter fans! 🙂