Previously we had the pleasure of looking at Tribal Nova’s iLearn with Poko: Seasons and Weather HD iPad app. We had loads of good things to say about the educational app, and as it would have it, we have the good fortune to be back in Nova’s shaded grove—this time with the iPhone version of the same app. Buckle down, and follow us after the break for a look at iLearn with Poko: Seasons for the iPhone.
As with its larger cousin, iLearn with Poko: Seasons is an educational utility designed to teach children of various ages about the seasons and the weather, including the words and terminology related to both. The iPhone app features three different mini-games, each designed for a different age group and each with a slightly different lesson. The first has your child looking at various pictures of the app’s protagonists and identifying weather elements: This includes things like the clouds, rain, snow, and sunshine versus cloud cover. The next game is for slightly older children, and involves identifying inappropriate clothing or objects for the weather. For example, children must recognize that a sweater and galoshes isn’t the right outfit for a summer day.
Lastly, older children are asked to identify the weather on certain days, and to pick out what the protagonist was doing based on the conditions. Each game reinforces a key aspect of weather and seasons recognition, and each offers a valuable lesson. Not only that, but the games are fluid and fun, meaning your child will be thoroughly engaged throughout.
We see a lot of educational apps here at the iPhone App Review, and I’ll readily admit that iLearn with Poko: Seasons features some of the best design I have ever seen in an app for children. The artwork is PBS worthy, and the characters created for the app are both friendly and engaging. I’m a big fan of the games offered here, as each seemed particularly well thought out. A lot of professional-grade effort has been put into this app, and it really shows in the end product. iLearn with Poko: Seasons looks fantastic on the iPhone’s Retina Display, and the app in general is a great example of how modern technology can replace traditional children’s literature.
Learning and Monetary Value
iLearn with Poko: Seasons is slightly cheaper than its iPad cousin ($1.99 in the AppStore) but that by no means makes it any less of a value. The iPhone app features just as much quality content, and is a perfect match for young children of any age group. With fantastically orchestrated gameplay, a warm cast, and an inviting price, there’s no reason in the world you can’t spend an hour or two with Poko and your child learning about the weather. Consider that a hearty recommendation from us!
iLearn With Poko: Seasons and Weather requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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