Do your kids like to play “shop” then they will love Little Zebra Shopper – an iPad only app from Dutch app developer Hans-Peter. Little Zebra Shopper adds a new dimension to their pretend play as they can really scan barcodes on specially designed play food items.
The app is free to download, to use the app you need to visit the Little Zebra Website, there you can download PDF’s which you print to create the play food. The first set is free – it includes: Apple Pie, Potato Chips and Strawberry Milk. Additional play food sets are available for 99c per set.
Print out the play food on sturdy paper then cut, fold and glue or tape to create your food box. I used card stock and it works very well, but you can just use printer paper if you don’t have it.
The children can go ahead and play store as usual and when it comes time to check out they can use your iPad as a virtual cash register and checkout station! To scan the play food they need to hold it so the barcode is above the iPad camera. They will need a little help at first as it needs to be at the right height (about 2 inches away), but once they have the hang of it, it is pretty easy to scan. They can see the scanned item and barcode in a window on the app and a green rectangle appears as the code is sensed, beeps to let you know when it has been successfully scanned. The item name and cost appears on a virtual cash register receipt. If they are also playing with their own play food items such as fruits and vegetables that have no barcode they can type in their own price for them. The register will total the price for their items and they can ask the customer for payment. Once they type in the tendered amount it will calculate how much change they should give. If they want to make an announcement they press and hold a button, once they release it it plays back their announcement complete with chimes so it sounds like in a real store.
The app has lots of realistic sound effects which makes it a lot of fun. Once your kids have tested out the free foods there are currently three more sets of play food available as in-app purchases. The IAPs are really well child-proofed as you don’t even see them unless you download and print the other play food sets and scan an item from the set.
The additional sets cost 99c each, they are:
Breakfast: cereal, milk, eggs, toast, and cheese.
Dinner: pizza, spaghetti, ketchup, fish sticks and ice-cream.
Nicky’s Candy Store: chocolate, marshmallows, lollipops, licorice and fruit candy.
I think is a great app for enhancing kids imaginary play. I love how it connects playing with physical products and using the iPad. If you buy all the available sets it costs under $3 to have 18 different foods to make and scan, which is very good value. It makes playing “store” even more fun ! I would love to see another IAP option to be able to create your own barcode stickers, I’d happily pay another 99c for this. My kids love to play store with play food and have a large collection of wooden and plastic fruit and vegetables, it would be great to be able to create our own barcodes to be able to scan these too.
As well as inspiring imaginary play, this app is also great practice for working on addition and subtraction, and using money if the children practice counting out money to pay and giving out change. To make this easier Little Zebra shopper is currently giving out free Play Zebra Money to print just follow this link to download and print out: Little Zebra Shopper Pretend Money. (The coins are not the same denominations as the US, so you may wish to change the 20c coins to 25c coins to make it more realistic).
If you would like to download this app please use this link:Little Zebra Shopper – Hans-Peter
Little Zebra Shopperby Hans-Peter
Category: Games, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 6.04 MB
Screenshots for iPad(Click to enlarge)
NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.
Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).