As always, I’m always on the look out for children friendly apps to mess around with so that means I’m usually browsing the children and educational sections in the App Store. The other day, I ran across VTech: What’s That Noise. If the name VTech sounds familiar, then you should know that they are also the same company that makes a lot of the educational toys you see in the stores. If you’re a parent, you’ve probably seen their popular V.Reader, an interactive storybook machine that allows children to interact and follow along with their favorite stories while teaching them how to read. VTech: What’s That Noise is in the same lines as what is featured with the stand alone V.Reader. With VTech: What’s That Noise, parent’s get a chance to test out the features of the V.Reader on an iOS device before buying a V.Reader. It’s actually quite a good marketing tactic and one I’m sure will get parents to buy a V.Reader for their child.
VTech: What’s That Noise has 3 modes of play. You can “Watch the Story,” play “Reading Games,” and check out the “Story Dictionary.”
In “Watch the Story,” you follow along with the adventure of Rufus. He was a good ole country dog. But one day, Rufus and his family packed up and moved to the city. Rufus needed to learn to be a city dog. The first thing he learned was the city was LOUD! Read along with Rufus to find out “WHAT’S THAT NOISE?”! The narrator used is very clear and the artwork used is colorful and engaging. It’s very easy to follow along and my son seemed to enjoy it.
In “Reading Games,” players are treated to 8 different mini games. By carefully listening to the narrator, players will need to tap certain words or objects. This helps children identify words and ultimately, teach them how to read and recognize words in order to get the right answer.
In the “Story Dictionary” mode, players will be able to tap on vocabulary words seen throughout the game and hear the proper pronunciation and definition of the word along with sounds and animations associated with it. Again, this is a great feature that will help children recognize words using sights and sounds.
For a free app, VTech: What’s That Noise is surprisingly full featured. Then again, VTech probably did this to give you a complete taste of what you will expect if you buy their V.Reader educational machine for children. After using the app for a couple of days with my son, I will say that I would probably invest in the V.Reader for my next child as they do seem to be quite entertaining and very educational. Either that or I’d liek to see VTech port more of these V.Reader storybooks to iOS.
VTech, the creator of the Electronic Learning Products (ELP) category, is a world leader of age-appropriate learning toys.
What’s That Noise is a storybook of V.Reader – Interactive E-Reading System. For more details about V.Reader, please visit our website: http://www.vtechkids.com/v.reader/
ABOUT THE STORY
Rufus was a good ole country dog. But one day, Rufus and his family packed up and moved to the city. Rufus needed to learn to be a city dog. The first thing he learned was the city was LOUD! Read along with Rufus to find out “WHAT’S THAT NOISE?”!
1. Watch the Story
o Read the whole story of “WHAT’S THAT NOISE?” in Watch the Story. The automatic story narration and animation of each page will be played. Touch anywhere on the screen to enter Free Play. In Free Play, you can touch the words one by one to read the story at your own pace, touch highlighted vocabulary words to hear their definitions, or touch images in the art to see animations and hear fun voices and sounds.
2. Reading Games
o Play 8 reading games to have fun with the story while developing your reading skills. Listen to the instructions and questions carefully; and then touch a word in the story text, or a picture in the art, to answer the question as directed.
3. Story Dictionary
o Story Dictionary provides an alphabetical list of the vocabulary words from the story and their definitions, along with fun animations, sounds, and voices. Touch any word in the Story Dictionary menu to hear its definition. To deepen understanding, some definitions have follow-up questions that relate to the definition you just read.
For more details about V.Reader, please visit our website: http://www.vtechkids.com/v.reader/
[via App Store]