Friday, February 22, 2019

Children’s App Review, Fiete Islands

by Susan Stephenson,

Fiete Islands is an app for iOS and Android made by developer, Ahoiii. I have previously reviewed Fiete Match.

From the developer:

Fiete is a friendly sailor who lives on an island in the sea. In this interactive picture-book, children between 1 to 3 years can explore Fiete’s island and help him with his daily chores. Over a total of 19 levels, you can prepare sandwiches, fry eggs sunny side up, hang socks on the clothesline, pick apples, change tires, load ships, make balloons burst and much more...

This hand-drawn interactive picture book with Fiete is particularly suitable for gently introducing children to the digital world. Your little one’s motor skills and logical thinking will be improved in a playful way, with attention to detail and design competence.

What I liked:

As with Fiete Match, I really valued the hand-drawn illustrations. Some apps I’ve checked out have graphic design that is not nuanced or quirky, and some that is downright garish. Fiete’s illustrations are perfectly pitched at the toddler age group, while maintaining a very high standard of artwork. The game design is just right for exploration, discovery and the kind of learning that imitates what happens in real life. For instance, one of Fiete’s tasks is to sort coloured socks into three different laundry baskets. This is an excellent way to encourage kids to think and discriminate between coloured items. But there is no pressure - if the sock doesn’t belong, it simply flies back out of the basket. There's always an emphasis on fun and an unspoken invitation to play.

Like many apps I recommend, Fiete Islands will give the most benefit when it is played by a parent and a child together. In fact it’s just perfect for gentle interaction and subsequent conversation. “What happens when we touch the apple? Can we find a matching picture? Does Fiete need glasses to read the paper? Where might the glasses be on the screen? Do we know someone who wears glasses?” Lots of the activities are basically fun interactions - for instance, bursting a balloon and frying eggs over a volcano.

Where Can I Get It?

Check out all of my iPad App Reviews on Pinterest, and find more apps and articles via my Listly page. I’ll be adding this app to my List of iPad Puzzle Apps for Kids.

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