As new baby time is so nearly upon us, I’ve been thinking about ways to keep Eliza occupied when I’m breastfeeding. If Baby 2 is anything like her then we will do this an awful lot.
While I don’t want to have to rely on the iPad and the TV, I’m pretty sure a limited amount of screen time will come in handy. I wrote about our favourite toddler apps on TalkMum recently, and we’ve also been trying out the brand new Gruffalo: Games app, launched in honour of the 15th anniversary of the book.
Who loves The Gruffalo? More to the point, who doesn’t love The Gruffalo? Well, the chances are that you – or your children – will also love this app. Gruffalo: Games contains a handful of different classic puzzles and challenges all on a Gruffalo theme, including snap, pairs, noughts and crosses. The great monster himself appears, as well as lots of recognisable characters from the book including the mouse, snake, owl and fox.
From the outset we were pretty enchanted by Gruffalo: Games. There’s a fun mix of different puzzles, and it looks and sounds great. In two of the games – snap and noughts and crosses – you can play against the Gruffalo himself (how cool when you’re little?)
A couple of negative points though, but I’m not sure if these are because E’s slightly younger than the target age bracket for the game:
- The majority of the games are against a clock, and there’s no option to play any versions that aren’t timed. On the matching pairs game, for instance, the game will end if you’re not really quick. This can get very frustrating when you’re little and just want to play. On the Peppa Pig apps you can choose to play non-timed versions, which is much better.
- The wiley Gruffalo is very fast on snap, which again is not so great when you’re small and it takes you longer to see the pair, work out what you have to do etc
- The jigsaws involve tapping two squares to swap the pieces round instead of placing individual squares onto a grid (which you do with the Peppa apps). It’s slightly more difficult, especially as you only briefly see the picture at the start or by pressing help.
Eliza did pick lots up pretty quickly, but I think it would extend the appeal and shelf life to have different options for levels, speed and challenge. Maybe for an updated version…?
However the app is great, from the music to the Gruffalo’s paw, to the cascade of nuts and leaves that rain down when you win. The games are fun and engaging, and the app really follows the attention to detail and quirkiness that’s present in all of Julia Donaldson books.
You can also win a bundle of 15th anniversary Gruffalo goodness. Worth £50, it contains a 15th anniversary edition of The Gruffalo book, DVD, plush toy, puzzle, stationery and the app.
Leave a comment via the Rafflecopter widget below letting me know what your favourite game is. The winner will be picked at random from all valid entries. It ends at midnight on 28th September.
The Gruffalo: Games app is available to download from the App Store, priced at £2.99.