Miffy in the Snow; iPad App; Sanoma Media Netherlands b.v. (in collaboration with Mercis b.v.)
Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later
Description:(Taken from itunes store): Hooray, it has been snowing! With her hat and boots on, Miffy can’t wait. Dress up warm and ride a sleigh with Miffy over the hills. Listen to the story and it will tell you what to do. Miffy in the snow is the 4th Miffy app for iPad, developed specifically for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Very young children can enjoy listening and watching while older children can participate more actively in the story and the games.
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G and I have been playing on my iPad together for the last 3 months or so and I have been amazed at how quickly he has learned to use both the general iPad controls and how to navigate his way through specific Apps. As a child myself I loved the Miffy books written by Dick Bruna so I was delighted to be given the opportunity to introduce my 2 year old son (G) to Miffy via this App.
The app is based on the book 'Miffy in the Snow' and the story itself is included within the App. It's a great little story centring around Miffy enjoying playing in the snow. Each page displays on the screen with text down the left and animations on the right. The page is turned by pressing the small arrow on the bottom right although it would have been good to turn pages with a swipe as G's little fingers did sometimes struggle with the small arrow.
Their are various options for the story including having it read out by the App or recording your own voice and then playing it back. This is really simple to use and allows you to record 3 different voices for playback. Great if Mum or Dad can't make it back for story time that night! There is also the option to turn playback off completely which importantly allows reading aloud of the book to take place 'live'.
Within the story itself 4 minigames are included, Dress Miffy warmly; Sledging with Miffy, Find the bird and Build a birdhouse. G was easily able to understand how to play these and found them enjoyable. They linked to the story well and helped G to feel like he was part of Miffy's adventure. In addition to the minigames included in the story there are a further two games included in the App, Throwing Snowballs and Find a Matching Pair.
When we opened the App G went for these first as they are accessed by a image of a ball on the home screen. He was a little disappointed that there was no game involving a ball, but did he enjoy the Matching Pairs game. This was set at an appropriate level and the progression was gentle enough that he continued to feel challenged. G (and I) found the Throwing Snowballs game less enjoyable. G found it really difficult to knock the snowman's hat off and got bored very quickly. Even when I attempted the game I struggled to get beyond the 2nd level!
There is also an option to create your own Miffy card and send via email. This is done via simple dragging and dropping of images onto the centre of the screen. G did get a little frustrated that some of the images were restricted on where they could be placed, however he did perserve and make a card.
G and I both enjoyed this App. I was delighted to see that the charm of Miffy was still prevalent in the App and G enjoyed the ability to have a story read to him whilst also being able to interact, via the minigames, with the story. The story, minigames and additional games that are included will ensure that we will definitely be going back to this App to have more fun with 'Miffy in the Snow'!.
Marks out of 10:7
The ‘Miffy in the Snow’ app for iPad is available on iTunes priced £2.99