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Happipets By Happi-IPAD App Review

 

Happipets the animal spelling app from developers Happi Ideas is one of the most unusual spelling app that I have seen so far. It is the first puzzle app for creating animals and scenes with the letters of the alphabet used as the building blocks.

Children can not only form the word that spells the animal like Lion but actually use the alphabets to create a picture of a Lion.  By doing so they are sparking the creativity in the child and also reinforces the learning of  how to spell the animal in this case.

There are  three modes to the app – 1) Play , 2)Build and C) Create.

You can see how the App works from the video below.

My thoughts on the App

I tried out this app with my 5 year old as I was keen to see how he reacted to this nifty spelling tool. At first he wasn’t too sure what to do with the app as there were no vocal instructions given on what he could do. He had to find out what to do under the play mode through trial and error.

Doggie boy  had fun moving the alphabet by rotating, flipping, turning and resizing them to look like the animal after figuring out that it was acutally possible to do so. . However it wasn’t easy for him to figure out how to put the alphabets in the correct position for it to sound out in a “roar” for the lion or “moo” for the cow.

Luckily, Happipets makes it a bit easier to visualize these animals with the handy help feature. It briefly displays the “completed” picture of the animal which he had to make.  we used the help feature a couple of times  to figure out how the animal was suppose to look like and relied on it  heavily to finish up his pictures.

Under the build mode we could create 12 mythological beasts which could come alive when the alphabets used to describe them are arranged into the correct order. There were also 140 letter designs which he could use to create his own happipet in the Create section. Doggie boy could save his creation and share it via Facebook or twitter as these sharing platforms are integrated in the App design.

I loved the concept of that lets the child be actively involved while they learn how to spell by using their creativity. However even for a 5 year old it was difficult for them to figure out how the App works without detailed parental guidance.

I would like to see more animals of choice in the play section and maybe if it is possible for them to incorporate the movement of the animal besides the voice once the picture of the animal is correctly fixed.

Where to get this app?

Happipets is available now in the App Store for $1.99.

It is compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Disclaimer: I received the promo code by the sponsor to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my 100% own. This post has a Compensation Level of 1. Please visit Dominique’s  Disclosure page for more information.

 

Writer’s Workshop – Rekindling the Love

At the hotel

 

Our last stay in a hotel was during our trip last month to Taichung, Taiwan. It was to be a couple trip but since Tiger girl is still too little to be left with the grandparents we let her tag along.  The holiday was my valentine’s day treat and I was having it in advance before R gets too busy with his work schedule and starts flying off on his business trips all over Asia.

It had been a long time since I’ve been on a trip with R. The last trip back to Hong Kong with the three kids doesn’t count as we were so busy handling the kids that there was little time to interact with each other.

This trip to Taiwan was more relaxing as we planned to visit only a few places. We would go off on day trips and return back to the hotel at night.  I wasn’t interested in shopping and visiting the city area as with a toddler in tow shopping is something really difficult to do. We opted to visit the scenic places of interest  like Sun Moon Lake  and went to view the Dragons at the Lukang Lantern Festival.

I also indulged in some yummy foods which are not commonly eaten here in Singapore and had fun tasting the different drinks just to keep warm as the temperature dipped to a chilly 12 degrees while we were in Taiwan.

It was great to be able to stroll hand in hand with R instead of having our hands full holding on to the 3 kids whenever we go out.  We were also able to talk about anything under the sun without having the older kids eavesdropping on us and starting a session of 101 questions. It really felt like we were back to the days when it was just us as a couple starting off with only 1 kid in tow.

When was the last time you went on a holiday with your partner/spouse?

Do you plan for vacations in advance?

 

Jenny MatlockMama’s Losin’ It