June 19, 2011

Vic Mahfood

Toddler Email

Developer Quote: "Toddler Email is a fun, faux nursery rhyme email system created just for toddlers and preschoolers."

- COST: 99 cents    - APP STORE STARS: N/A
- Categories: Books, Education, Elementary School, Email, Entertainment, Games, Native, Preschool, Universal

We are always seeking to teach our children from as early an age as possible. It's only natural that you want them to be well educated, alert and confident with any knowledge they can gain. Turning to electronic devices is one of the greatest ways to absorb your little ones in educational tasks that teach while entertaining. The brilliant colors, sounds and music understandably captivate the mind of a child more than any paper book.

Toddler Email is a unique, educational toddler iPhone app that delights because it imitates the habits of parents who frequently check their email. I'm pretty sure that most adults will check their inbox at least a dozen times a day. Well, you know children soak up your habits like a sponge! Don't you think they are watching you read your email and seeing the pleasure you usually get when doing so? This is what Toddler Email brings to the table - the joy of children opening their own email that is perfectly suited to toddler minds! This educational app combines a modern approach to technology along with simplicity and the familiarity of nursery school rhymes that you grew up with as a child.

In a nutshell, nursery rhyme characters send your child emails with short tasks that absorb and teach them all sorts of new and fun activities. Kids are asked by each character (or Friend) to help them spell, find objects, count and match items. Little ones are all too delighted to get involved with adorable characters in solving these age-appropriate tasks. Let me point out that there are 14 characters (with more on the way), as well as lots of activities and interactions with each. Just a few of the characters include Little Bo Peep, the Muffin Man, Jack B. Nimble and Twinkle Star.

When your little one taps "Login" to Toddler Email, they will be asked to choose a weather symbol for the day which is then displayed in the email header, along with the current time and day, for the duration of play. Every email is randomly generated so that your child can play and replay a single email to their heart's content! Children can view their "Friends" list at any time to see which nursery rhyme characters have sent them emails. When tapped, each character recites aloud his or her corresponding classic rhyme! From that point, move on to opening each of the engaging and special emails! In Toddler Email, your little darlings will enjoy these child-appropriate features shown below:

- Play with 14 popular nursery rhyme characters
- Learn facts as each fun and simple e-mail teaches the basics of spelling, counting and memorization
- Memorize days of the week, and learn about weather and time
- Understand the basics of receiving, opening and closing email
- Recite familiar nursery rhymes and get to know those characters
- Enjoy age appropriate tasks from ages 1 - 7

First of all, I thought that the icon itself of Toddler Email was so cute with the happy face poking through the mail, and so I expected more of the same toddler suited stuff within the app. Sure enough, I was not disappointed! Jolly music starts you off as you are asked to tap Login to begin. A list of weather illustrations are displayed. Tap one and you'll hear the oh-so-famous and loved words, "You've got mail!" At this point you can either tap the Friends or Get Email buttons at the bottom of the screen. If you tap the Friends button, you will see all the adorable characters that are included in the app. These are the same nursery rhyme characters that present the mail to your child. Select from well-known friends such as Little Bo Peep, The Muffin Man, Little Piggy, Black Sheep, The Cow, Old King Cole, Old McDonald, A.Sheep, A.Muffin, Mr. Moon, Twinkle Star, Itsy Bitsy Spider, The Mouse and Jack B. Nimble. The characters are all brightly colored and humorously rendered. When you tap each of these Friends, they will recite their profile which is really the appropriate rhyme to fit each. I thought this was a perfect idea and would help familiarize little ones with each character. Perhaps the addition of a song or two would get those little voices singing too!

After reading all these great "profiles", I tapped Get Mail. At this point, I was dying to see what each mail held for me. (Yes, I love mail, whether it's for kids or myself!) I tapped Email from: A. Muffin and was requested to find a similar looking muffin. After tapping all the clouds and discovering various, luscious looking treats, I finally found the match to A. Muffin who spun around and presented himself happily! Simply "X" out of that Email to open another. I tapped mail from Little Piggy and was asked to count how many cute piggies were shown. Tap them one by one and Little Piggy will help you count. Under the group of piggies was a choice of 3 numbers so I tapped the one which corresponded to my final count. I was rewarded with "Great" and "Awesome" acknowledgements. Again, just "X" out of that Email to open yet another toddler surprise. At any time, you may tap the Friends button to play with the characters and hear their nursery rhymes. Other fun tasks include items such as: "I'm hiding, can you find me?", "Can you spell my word?" and "Can you count my items?"

What is notable about this app is that it has blended specific toddler learning with ease into tasks that every young child will feel comfortable completing. Humor, fun, childish voices, bright colors and familiar figures all lend their charm to the unique idea of emails that teach and entertain.

COOL CONCLUSION: "Toddler Email" is a captivating and unique learning toddler app which will engage little ones with its classic nursery rhyme charm while parents read their own mail!"
--Date/Version: Updated 6/17/11 - Version 1.0.1
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 3.1 or later. Rated 4+.
--Special Note: Toddler Email Lite is also available for free on the App Store so you can try before you buy
--Device: (+ Universal: For iPhone/iPad), iPod Touch
--Developer Link: 21x20 Media, Inc.
--Twitter: @21x20Media
--Facebook: 21x20-Media

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