Gingham Games is an interesting iPad application which includes three educational mini games. This app stands out among others like it with its wonderfully rich retro style illustrations that include cherubic, apple-faced kids, creating a wonderful vintage feel.
These wonderful illustrations are the highlight of this application, with images that remind me of such Americana as classic Campbell’s Soup Kids or Shirley Temple.
The three mini-games are nice as well. Ducks in a Row allows the player to count baby ducks in rows on the screen, tapping and dragging them to the bottom of the screen in numerical order. These ducks must be counted from 1 to 10; a tap allows their number to be seen for only a moment, so one must remember where these numbers are found throughout these ducks before time runs out and the ducks run away. This nice, simple game is fun for number sequencing, but also in sharpening one’s memory, a nice touch. The baby ducks used here are cute, yellow and fluffy the way one would expect. I like the polka-dotted background and muted color scene of cream, golden yellow, and sage green which add to the vintage feel as this pattern fades into a scene of a duck habitat of tall leaves, flowers, water, and a mother duck as well, creating a nice style that is found through this app.
In Apple Toss, the player moves a girl across the screen to catch falling apples, learning about alphabet letter sequencing along the way. I like that these apples bounce from the girl’s open hands into the basket, and a near miss can be bumped repeatedly until it makes its way into the basket as well. Note that each time the player misses an apple, leaves begin to fill the screen from bottom up, and one has three lives to use before the leaves fill the screen and the game is over. The apples are tossed by a boy in a tree, and his basic arm movement that tosses the apples is very simple, reminding me of the moving pieces seen in an antique toy or bank from very long ago, adding to the vintage feel, something I appreciate.
Shape Catcher is our personal favorite, where the player chooses one of five color and shapes lures that are used to catch corresponding fish off a dock. When the correct fish is seen, line up the lure to catch the fish by tapping the button closest to the direction in which the fish is swimming. There are three rows of fish to focus on, with buttons on either side of the water. I like that one must be patient to catch a fish and then act quickly, lining up things right to make a catch, then continue on until each of the five lures is used. This mini-game makes good use of colors, shapes, and matching, as well as some basic logic to understand which button the fish is swimming towards, something my son enjoys. I appreciate how the boy and this scene in general remind me of a Norman Rockwell painting.
Each of these games is narrated by a child who either counts the ducks, recites the alphabet as the apples are tossed, or names the color and shape of the fish that is caught. These voices include a lot of character one may expect to hear in a young child’s voice, which may be slightly hard to understand by some children. Other than this slight issue, this is a very nice app as the games are cute and the illustrations are wonderfully vintage, slightly kitschy and extremely well-done, appealing to children as well as adults, especially those who collect or appreciate Americana from days past.
Developer: Classic Kid Productions
Released: 2011-05-24 00:00:00
Description from the DeveloperCome fish me! Then we can help my sister pick apples from the tree!!
I really like to fish. I just pick a lure, and all the silly fish try to bite it. Then I catch them! Maybe if we do it together, we can get all the fishies really quickly.
When I fill my bucket full of fish, I like to go out to the orchard and help my sister pick the apples. We try to work as a team, but she could really use your help catching the apples I toss to her. I’m really good at tossing the apples.
When it’s time for dinner, momma always wants us to make sure the duckies are back on the pond. They all have a special number, and I need to make sure I line them up from 1-10. Can you help with that too?
★ Rated 5 Stars by iPad users ★
★ Featured in App Store's "What's Hot" ★
★ Featured in App Store's "New and Noteworthy" ★
See what they're saying about Gingham Games, the 5-star app for your toddler:
“I found the whole package completely appealing and look forward to seeing more Gingham Games in the future.” — The iPhone Mom blog
“Great app that combines and old look with new technology and inserted 3 great games in. Looks great, fun games and easy to navigate for kids without help from parents.” — iPad Apps 4 Kids blog
“I really like the design of the game and the great classic feel of it. I would highly recommend this app.” -- Moms Review 4 You blog
“One look and we fell in love with the retro illustrations, a real treat after viewing so much computer generated art.” -- Teachers with Apps blog
Gingham Games is a collection of three exciting educational games for your preschooler or kindergartener (ages 3 and up). Full of magical, rich graphics, these creative games can help a child learn the alphabet, numbers, and shapes, all while helping develop their hand-eye coordination and memory skills. Watch your child learn their 123’s with “Ducks in a Row”, practice their ABC’s with “Apple Toss”, and have fun while fishing for shapes in “Shape Catcher”. The games contain fun elements of surprise and reward, making kids giggle with joy.
-3 different games that teach kids about numbers, letters, shapes, and colors
-Beautiful retro illustrations, taking you out to the pond, the orchard, and the local fishing hole
-Slide characters across the screen to catch an apple or bring a duck to a pond
-Voice recordings of other children, guiding your preschooler in their quest for success
-Designed for preschoolers, with simple straightforward navigation. Just put them in front of it and watch them play!
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Classic Kid Productions is focused on delivering fun, educational, interactive games to the iPad generation. As parents with two preschool kids, we know firsthand how the iPad can be a key source of learning and entertainment. Our goal is to bring you visually beautiful games that both teach and inspire.