We are occupied in a digital world! Everything is digital and it makes our life easier in many ways although I do accept they do make us lazy too! It’s hard to see any kids who say no to a gadget, they would rather play with tablets than playing outside! Something to really worry about but considering most of us live as a Nuclear family these days Nuclear family these days, the influence of gadgets on the kids is much more than expected and sometimes it is out of our control.
The best thing we could do is use the gadgets for more of educational purpose rather than just for entertaining. I love the apps that encourage learning through play and have many of those kinds on our gadgets. And, when the kids have screen time, I make sure majority of the time spent on the tablets are for learning something new rather than playing games.
Recently I was given a chance to try Dinosaur Train – Paint and Match App. I agreed to test it for a few good reasons: Little one loves Dinosaurs, she loves painting (you might have seen many of our Instagram posts reflecting her beautiful drawings, and most importantly she loves playing games on the tablets 🙂
This is one of the many apps from Kuato Studios.
The app is quite easy to use for little children and has self-explanatory steps. Described with very attractive pictures in dominant colours, this would definitely amuse the little children.
The app has two modes of play: Paintbrush mode and match the symbols mode.
In the paintbrush mode, there are 24 pictures to choose from and there are four blank cards to draw your own pictures. Once coloured the pictures can be saved in the local storage of the device provided there is grown-ups permission to save pictures to local disk.
They all feature the Jim Henson Dinosaur characters, so you can pick your favourites. You are then set with a screen with a colour wheel to choose a paint colour, you can also choose to use a pen or a brush. There is also a handy eraser too. Finally, so you don’t have to lose your masterpiece, there is a handy camera button, so you can save the picture afterwards.
There is a brush, pencil and a handy eraser to help the little children colour their favourite Dinosaur character. There is a paint wheel to choose the colours.
As mentioned before, the blank cards can be used to paint your own picture and this picture could also be saved to the local disk. The best thing I like about this app is the Save feature as I can avoid pinning beautiful drawing papers on the wall.
The match game comes with a set of 6, 12, 16 or 20 cards and this game is timed from 30 to 75 seconds based on the number of cards chosen to complete each game. Although it seems a little tight for the little children, it is fun. The cards have the pictures of the characters from Jim Henson Dinosaur Train and differentiated quite well so the kids can remember them easily and help to boost the memory and hand-eye coordination.
When the children match all the cards, they are rewarded for the achievement.
The app comes with the parental control to time the play so you can set the time for each play from 10 min to unlimited. Also, when the children create a new drawing, an e-mail notification can be sent to you.