Tinybop just released their new app, Simple Machines, and you should check it out! Simple Machines is the fourth app in Tinybop’s Explorer’s Library, and the second Tinybop app that I’ve had the opportunity to review. In April, I wrote about The Robot Factory.
Simple Machines is an educational app that does exactly what you would expect: It teaches kids about simple machines. As my son Johnny described, “I think it’s educational even though some kids will just think it’s a game and won’t realize they are learning.”
Johnny also said he loved how interactive Simple Machines is and how many different games within a game there are. “Kids (will be able to) manipulate inclined planes, levers, screws, wheels and axles, pulleys, and wedges to make music, destroy a castle, lift fish tanks, bike over obstacles, send airplanes into the sky, and break up an iceberg.” Wow! There’s no shortage of changing environments and moving objects to hold your child’s attention.
James Gilleard created the fascinating artwork for Simple Machines. He said the artist Mary Blair, who worked for The Walt Disney Company, was an inspiration. What a bonus to have such interesting artwork combined with an educational and fun app! His love of cars, robots, birds, dinosaurs, and “other rubbish” come to life in his artwork.
I am also very impressed that Tinybop provides a parent handbook to go along with the app. The Simple Machines Handbook explains the simple machines so that you can support your child’s learning. It is available in seven languages and is 23 pages of comprehensive explanation, descriptive pictures, and activities. I learned quite a few things, and I bet you will too!
Simple Machines is supported on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and is available for $2.99 in the App Store. Or better yet, the Tinybop Explorers 1-4 set is available for $9.99.
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