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Ice Land Adventures

By Jean Parks

iLearnWith understands that children are using their parent's iPads and that they are doing so at younger and younger ages. They've come up with a series of unique fun and educational apps to meet the needs of children 3 to 6 years old. The iLearnWith program offers seven different apps focusing on the literacy, science, language and math skills your children will need when they start school. For this review, I'm going to focus on Ice Land Adventures.

This app is devoted to developing literacy skills and consists of three different games:

1. The Bears – Your child will get to help cute bears down ice slides by matching upper and lower case letters. The bear gets a nice ice cream cone in the process.

2. The Penguins – This level involves throwing snowballs to put together vowels and consonants to form syllables. This level gets bonus points from me because it includes a two-player mode.

3. The Seals – Your child will get to spell words by correctly arranging seals who are wearing letter hats.

Fun game play for your child

This app is cute. The little blue alien who guides and provides game instructions has a child's cheerful voice and the characters on each level have sweet faces. Aside from the obvious literacy skills being targeted, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of secondary skills involved with each game. Listening, observation, matching and fine motor skills are integral parts of each game level.

Detailed progress reports

Created by the same people behind PBS Kids Play!, the iLearnWith series of games has been developed with input from early childhood educators. The program also offers unique individualized tracking that adjusts to your child's level of progress. You can receive emailed reports letting you know how your child is progressing that also allow you to compare his/her progress with children of the same age.

System requirements

iLearnWith Planet Boing! series apps, including Ice Land Adventures, require an iPad running iOS 4.0 or later. The app is available in the App Store.

Want to know more?

To learn more about the iLearnWith program you can also find them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter @ilearnwith or check them out over on YouTube.

Jean Parks, aka Geekbabe, is a contributing editor for The Online Mom. Follow Jean on Twitter.

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