I’m always on the look out for apps and games that are child friendly and can be used to entertain and encourage learning in children. Let’s face it, sometimes you need 10 minutes where they are kept occupied so you can just get something done, or you are out and they are creating merry hell for everyone around them. The new smartphones and the huge array of apps are exactly what the 21st century parent has got used to using. Let’s be honest we all carry phones now and it is often more practical to get your phone out than carry a rucksack full of colouring
Lego produce a lot of apps; most we have used and will be reviewing in time. Lego Juniors Create and Cruise was probably the first we downloaded from the App Store. It is bright, easy to use and the children can get what they need to do without much adult input. The app music is pretty nice, until the volume gets too loud. It is one of those very hummable tunes that seems to replace any normal song in the music library in your head.
There are a few things for your child to do. To choose their character from the mix and match pieces. To choose their vehicle, again from a selection of wheels and chassis pieces. They then drive their vehicle around the course. At the end of it, they win another piece of scenery that gets added onto the course. Your child needs to build the scenery piece by dragging parts onto the shape outline.
There is a lot of dragging functions for your child, so some hand eye co-ordination is practiced. The driving is straight forward they just keep pressing down on the big green button.
It is a simple, entertaining app. It won’t keep them amused after they have completed it, although deleting it and re-installing it solved that problem for us, they loved completing it again. Like everything Lego does the design is great and the scenery and vehicles very detailed, and just like something you would build out of Lego. If you press the scenery buildings you get extra coins and the Lego mini figures wave and do different things. I particularly like the Lego shark in the sea, keep an eye out for that one.
Toy Infinity likes this app a lot. If you are after inspiration for something to try on your phone or tablet, you could do a lot worse than this.
It is available on android and the apple App Store. It is free to download, and aimed at children aged between 4-7. There are no in-app purchases to worry about or in-app advertising.
Take a look at our You Tube demonstration video here!