I feel like all kids, boys and girls, go through a phase where they are fascinated by cars and trucks. Not sure what is so interesting, maybe it's the wheels and noise. Anyway, this week's Best iPhone and iPad App for Kids turns this fascination into an educational and interactive experience. The app, Cars in sandbox: Construction (Thematica - apps for kids), has an 86 AppScore and allows kids to the explore the world of construction vehicles. It comes in both an iPad version (Cars in sandbox: Construction (Thematica - apps for kids)) with an 86 AppScore for $2.99 and an iPhone version with a 90 AppScore for $0.99 (Cars in sandbox: Construction for iPhone). The app is clever in that it presents all the vehicles in a relatable way - by making them toys in a sandbox. Videos and colorful animations explain what each vehicles does. Plus kids can play with and move around the vehicles going on little missions with each to learn more about how they work. It's a simple concept but I think an effective and fun way for kids to explore and learn. Check out more about the apps below and let us know your thoughts.
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||Cars in sandbox: Construction (Thematica - apps for kids)||86|
From the app description: "Many parents find their young children to be particularly fascinated by construction vehicles. We've made it easy and exciting for your child to explore them. Different types of construction vehicle and road-building machinery are presented as toys in a sandpit, making the process of learning familiar and appealing. Throughout there are lots of beautiful animations, with great video and sound effects. These make clear what each vehicle can do and how it helps people in the real world. All the vehicles are charmingly but accurately depicted, with little surprises such as opening doors and horns which sound. It is really easy to make vehicles move by touching or tipping the screen. Your child will also be able to do things such as extend the arm of the crane or operate the dumper by simple touches. Each vehicle comes with an involving little mission to complete, such as moving toys around, which will help your child discover what each kind of construction vehicle can do. This exploration will be great for fine motor skills, and success at each stage will be made clear by the award of another gold star."
Check out a quote from Crazy Mike's Apps: "Cars in sandbox: Construction is a fantastically well done children’s Education app that any parent will want for their own child" (June 22, 2012).
Here is another quote from PadGadget: "If you have a little one in your life that loves cars and other vehicles, this is a fun game that also happens to be educational at the same time" (January 11, 2012).
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The iPhone version of the app.
Check out a quote from Lowdown Mag: "Overall, Cars In Sandbox is a an enjoyable little game designed for kids. With a colourful and fun sounding soundtrack, and with various levels full of user interaction, this is certainly one of the best child games I have seen available" (July 23, 2012).