Monki Home – Language Learning for Kids and Toddlers by Monkium SL is a iOS app that will help your toddlers and preschoolers learn everyday words in a Spanish, English and Chineese. The app features four different mini games, the first of which is included in the app and the others are available via in-app purchases.
In order to unlock the in-app purchases you can either pay the fee, enter your email address and subscribe to their newsletter or share the app on social media. The in-app purchase portion of the app requires the use of a parental lock to ensure that tiny fingers are not in the iTunes store or other areas that they should not be.
The first mini game occurs in the kitchen, where character tells you want he wants to eat. You take the item from the refrigerator and then follow the directions like cooking it in a pan or putting it in the microwave. My son thought it was funny to serve food straight from the refrigerator, however, Elliott showed his distaste for the food by making a sad face when you did that. The second mini game has you putting laundry into the machine that is dirty, as you put each item into the machine it is named like socks, and shirt and after washing you hang them up. After that you iron selected clothes to help remove the excess water. In the next mini game you are in the bathroom where you follow a typical nighttime routine by brushing teeth and rinsing your mouth. Afterward you take a shower and rinse and dry off and put in your hair ornaments. In the final mini game you have to help clean up the bedroom by sorting toys according to the animals requests like “dirty pony”, big versus little, empty versus full. After completing you are rewarded with music and the toys dancing. My son’s favorite part was tucking the animals into bed at night.
I liked that the app had you follow a variety of steps in order to complete the tasks and wouldn’t let you advance until they were completed. This helped practice sequencing in addition to language. I also liked that the narration was clear and easy to follow for kids and that the characters switched jobs each time that you opened it. I also liked that you had to listen carefully in order to complete a task rather than just playing “the way you wanted to”.
In terms of improvements, I would like to see that the step has to be completed correctly in the kitchen as well as the use of a fork and knife or spoon as they eat the food. I would also like to see a few more pots in the kitchen as well as sorting the laundry by type or light versus dark.
Overall, I think this is a great app to use with a preschooler or toddler to help them learn new word associations and practice them as well as routines. This is fun for toddlers and preschoolers and I think will provide many hours of entertainment for children in that age group. I also think it could be used in speech therapy as well.
Requirements: Compatible with
Size: 0 MB
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