The new OobEdoO subscription app offers a wonderful all in one entertainment and educational package for preschoolers for the i-Pad or i-Phone.
Episodes from TV favourites and games featuring popular characters provide an instant ‘in’ for preschoolers alongside OobEdoO’s own set of funny friends, Oo, BE and doO.
We are quite excited about OobEdoO in the fluxlings household. There are no adverts, and no ‘in-app purchases’ to contend with. Littles ones can watch episodes of In the Night Garden, Teletubbies, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, Humf, Timmy Time and Tractor Tom with more titles coming soon including Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Thomas and Friends, Angelina Ballerina and Pingu. And then there are the educational games that use characters from the TV shows. The preschoolers can do jigsaws, trace letters and numbers or print out colouring sheets. This all comes with parental feedback so you can see what your child is enjoying the most and how they are getting on, as well as setting time limits as you see fit.
Watching three year olds interact with technology is quite fascinating. Our fluxling #2 taps on every screen to make it do what he wants – the tv, the clock on the oven – unable to comprehend why in the world anyone would want to create a screen that is not a touchscreen. It’s a sign of things to come and maybe in a few years the whole idea of using a mouse will be totally obsolete. Swipe and tap seem to be so totally intuitive to the little ones.
At 3, fluxling #2 was an instant master when it came to OobEdoO. We’ve installed the service on both our i-phones as well as big sister’s i-pod so he can grab whichever one is not being used when he wants to have a go.
We were pleasantly surprised by the number of TV episodes available too. OobEdoO has four or five episodes of each different show available giving a great range of choice. I did think fluxling #2 would be a bit lazy and mainly watch the shows, but he’s been spending at least as much time on the activities. His particular favourite seems to be the jigsaws which come in options of 4, 6, 8 or 10 pieces to accommodate different learning levels. The tracing games are probably much better on the i-pad though – on the smaller screen of the i-pod even we were struggling to get the precision needed to touch out the letters.
OobEdoO has been designed by children’s entertainment and educational experts, and that totally comes across when using the service. The apps own host characters, Oo, bE and doO, are wonderfully designed – simple and colourful and full of fun – and the use of recognized and popular TV characters makes for instant familiarity and enjoyment. In a landscape where kids apps are loved one day and dismissed the next, OobEdoO seems to be much more of a stayer with its rounded approach to the way kids use tablets and phones. Fluxling#2 is certainly a fan.
OobEdoO is a subscription based service costing £4.95 per month. Visit www.oobedoo.com to get a free ten day trial.