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What we love…

beautiful photographs, easy to navigate interface that encourages receptive and expressive language, ability to record your own voice

What we’d love to see…

ideas on how to use the app with kids, directions, some sort of a mini game to keep kids engaged

Summary

Great for practicing expressive and receptive language, but it needs more features to feel complete. The illustrations are top notch, but the app seems “finished” after you rotate through the cards and record them.

Our Rating

Look! Fruits is a perfect app that encourages expressive language via photo cards.  The app features twenty three different fruits – Nectarine, Pineapple, Orange, Banana, Blueberry, Starfruit, Lemon, Fig, Raspberry, Strawberry, Cherry, Kiwi, Coconut, Cumquat, Lime, Mango, Watermelon, Passion Fruit, Pitaya, Pear, Rambutan, Apple, Grapes and each one allows you to record the name of the fruit which is repeated back to you.  Each of the fruits is illustrated with a photograph and navigation is done with a swipe of your finger which rotates the fruit into view.

I tried the app out with my son and had him name the fruit as well as describe it (for example, the raspberry was red with bumps on it) using the microphone.  Then I had him close his eyes and I flipped through the fruits we had recorded and had him listen to the recording and he had to guess which fruit he had described.  This is a great app for practicing both receptive and expressive language and the open ended opportunities are endless.  I also used the app to help describe to my son the different places that each of the fruits came from – for example, we were not familiar with the Rambutan which grows in Thailand and is used to make jam or jelly.  We did some research to learn more about it and turned it into a bit of a learning experience for both of us.  The interface of the app was easy to use, and each of the fruits was in a beautiful photograph which really capitalized on my iPad’s screen.  I also liked that since this app didn’t include language we could use it to practice naming the fruits in Spanish or another language as well. I really liked the ability to record your own voice in the app, which does set it apart from other flashcard apps in the market. The app does require use of the microphone in order to use it, which is an easy process accomplished by going into the settings -> privacy -> microphone and then choosing Look! Fruits. I also liked that the app had non traditional fruit included which interested my son.

In terms of enhancements, when you open up the app you are given the photo of a fruit.  I would like to see some directions or maybe information about what you should do.  I knew I should touch the microphone to record my voice, but wasn’t sure what to do after that.  I would suggest though that a mini game of some sort be incorporated – perhaps a tile game where you can match up the fruits to keep kids engaged after they record the fruit names.  I’d like to see an opportunity to learn more about the fruit and where it came from within the app to help engage kids more.

Overall, the app has a great concept and will be helpful for people trying to work on receptive and expressive language skills.  The graphics are beautiful but the content needs to be added to in order for the app to feel “complete”.  After you go through and record the different fruits, the app is “done” with no more to complete and I think there’s a missed opportunity here. There are so many more opportunities to engage the user with the app to encourage them to learn more. There are no advertisements, external links or in-app purchases.


Look! Fruits
Look! Fruits
by Babuda

Category: Books, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 6.94 MB

$FREE

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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.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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