Monkimuni’s newest release Monki Shake It, teaches preschoolers not only new vocabulary, but also brings fun to the mix by taking advantage of the iPad’s accelerometer. Using the accelerometer on the iPad gives kids direct experience in learning to discriminate their left and right sides and their tops from bottoms via play with gravity. “Huh”, you say? In order to learn left from right we must first discover how we move about and how each part of our body moves. Our first sense of feeling connected is gravity acting on the body, and learning to overcome it teaches us orientation in space. This dissociation helps us learn to write with one hand and hold the paper down with the other, read and print our “b’s and d’s” a certain way, and simply just sit in a chair without falling out. Monki Shake it starts with this firm foundation, and expands to expose kids to vocabulary and language through playing in lands where you must listen, find, and identify objects from different categories. Let’s play Monki Shake it and discover play in four different worlds, and learn all about things familiar in a toddler or preschooler’s world.
The first world is on the open seas, where you can hear the siren’s call for musical instruments. Given a choice of two, one of 4 animal friends may appear and request that you fish a specific instrument from the sea. You then must tip the iPad to the left or right to find the instrument. Watch out, tipping the boat too far gets Lisa the cat dizzy! Collecting the instruments in the right order gives you a sticker for your trophy room in the treehouse. Repeat play is guaranteed to collect all 5 stickers within a land.
In the land of the arctic, babies have lost sight of their mums, and need a little help getting reunited. Our friend’s at Monkimun have pulled out the stops and by plane, balloon, and helicopter have dropped off the babies on a mountain lookout. Bobby the dog then helps you guide them to their Mothers by instructing you to slide the iPad to the left or right. Here is a chance to learn what foxes are called in different languages.
In the forest, Howie the cow is hungry and needs you to shake the trees for something good to eat. Here shaking the device loosens the fruit from the trees, and then you can give Howie the cow both the specified amount and specific fruit he requests. This game takes on following 2 step demands, and ups the demands for working memory.
Now onto the wilds of Egypt, and helping Billy the bird find his lost toys in the maze tomb. The demands here center on clearing obstacles and targeting the falling toy to an unknown location to either the right or left. This is also a multi-step task but kids need to be fully grounded so to speak, to discriminate left from right to hit their target at the last minute.
Monkimun’s newest, Shake it is a fun learning game for toddlers and preschoolers. It not only teaches students to follow directions, match, and categorize, but helps improve their body sense too. The advantage of exposing kids to English, Spanish and Chinese with simple focused activities is also a plus. Replay value is high with both the different languages and the sticker reinforcers for your clubhouse. Bon Voyage, and happy exploring!
About the Author
Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years, and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play everyday; so that “her kids” grow up to be healthy independent learners. (edit)