Friday, April 12, 2019

Children’s iPad App, Build with Grandpa

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson,

Build with Grandpa is a children’s iPad app. I have previously reviewed At the Zoo with Grandma and Grandpa, and Grandpa’s Workshop by the same developers, Fairlady Media.

From the developers:

Demolish an old building with a wrecking ball, clear the lot with a bulldozer - then design, build, paint, decorate, and landscape a brand new house! Along the way you'll learn about safety equipment and power tools, empty your dump truck, dig and pour a foundation, mix cement, drive construction equipment, enjoy lunch with Grandpa, and measure and build a wall with wood! Be creative as you design from blueprints, paint the house with rollers, and choose your own windows, doors, shutters, landscaping, and fun extras! Ages 5-9.

What I liked:

I loved the way the developers have gone the extra mile and designed activities kids can do that mimic the actual building process. First up they swing the wrecking ball to smash down an old building. I took a screenshot which you can see in my main image. Who hasn’t wanted to operate a wrecking ball? Such fun! And kids can experiment by changing the arc of the ball swing and pulling back to apply more power. Then it’s time to clear the debris, and then up come some blueprints to match up and choose from. Lots of extra activities guide children through the process of building, and Grandpa’s kindly voice is always at hand with encouragement and explanation.

I also liked that the developers included some short educational activities — maths and reading actually applied to practical situations are much more fun! Kids who love big machines will get such pleasure out of this one, as will children who like to learn about things that happen in real-life.

Because there are problems to solve and questions to answer in Build with Grandpa, I’ll be adding this app to my list of Intriguing Puzzle Apps for Kids.

Where to get it?

Check out the short trailer for Build with Grandpa, below.

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The Book Chook is taking a break and will be back May 1, 2019.

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