Parents of today are faced with a dilemma parents of the past were never faced with… Let your children embrace the digital era and in doing so inadvertently encourage a sedentary lifestyle? Or restrain exposure to today’s technology and inadvertently thwart the educational and technically-minded benefits such technology can bring? If you are a parent of the former inclination, you may be interested in hearing about an iPhone app for kids available, which is already being played in over sixty countries worldwide. “Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure”, is an interactive, educational app which is getting fantastically positive reviews in the App stores.
The app, which has been beautifully hand-drawn with its sensational graphic design being extensively praised, is an exciting journey, which combines a game and a book, and is great for the whole family to become involved with. Players battle their way through various landscapes, stumbling upon countless obstacles and challenges, which they have to figure their way out of. Throughout the journey children are encouraged to search for numbers, letters, ice-cream vans and many other surprises.
Educationally, “Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure”, in taking children through a journey of mazes, apparently promotes decision-making and critical learning skills. According to research, mazes help to teach children to judge spatial relationships and alternative ways to solve problems. For younger children especially, mazes help to develop fine motor skills, whilst for older kids, manoeuvring through the mazes of “Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure”, will help to improve handwriting. Not only this but many experts also insist that mazes can prove to be particularly advantageous for promoting learning and development in boys and reluctant readers.
“Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure” is just one app in a whole string of apps for kids which provide a stimulating educational experience. iSoundGrid Kids, by providing children with a screen of objects and sounds, helps children to quickly associate objects with sounds, and proves beneficial to the development of pre-school kids. Drum Circle Kids is an iPad app which helps children learn about different cultures as they explore the sounds of drums from around the world.
Although despite the obvious motor development skills and a familiarity with numbers, letters and problem solving racing through Roxie’s virtual mazes may have on a child, the dilemma remains: Wouldn’t racing though ‘actual’ mazes in the fresh air prove more advantageous to a child’s mental and physical development?