Elfishki and The Giant Cake iPad App Story and Game for Kids Product Review

 

Manufacturer: Elka Palka Production LLC
Recommended Age: 6 to 10 years
Retail Price: $0.99
On the Web: www.elfishki.com
Buy It Here: www.itunes.com

Elfishki and The Giant Cake iPad App Story and Game for Kids Product Review



Once upon a time, on the beautiful Rainbow Island in the middle of the Sparkling Sea lived magical little people called Elfishki.

Some of them could fly like butterflies and some could swim like mermaids. They shared the island with animals who could speak and trees who did not talk, but understood everything. All in all, this was a place where miracles happened every day.

Elfizz was an owner of a gloomy restaurant named Chest of Ghosts where the staff was eager to please ghosts. On the opposite side of the square was a bakery, Gingerbread Nook, run by a pretty plump Elfishki lady called Maggie. The two were at odds with each other until one day they had to work side by side…

Here’s what you find in the app:

  1. Original, not found anywhere else captivating texts, designed to develop your child’s conscious reading skills – according to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
  2. Stunning interactive art, classic animation and videos.
  3. Professional Audio Voice over of the story, so your child can listen along with the text.
  4.  THREE(3) Questions on every page of the book specifically designed to help your child analyze the text, boost their imagination and make predictions about the story.
  5. A bonus game specifically designed to boost your child’s imagination – Decorate the Cake – where you can save and share your child’s fantastic creation.



Believe it or not, when we come across apps designed for kids, or apps designed for kids to use with their parents, some of them are just too difficult to use. There can be navigation problems, the games can be too complex, the stories too difficult to follow, etc. However, none of that is true with Elfishki and the Giant Cake! The app works like a charm, whether kids to choose to read the book themselves, have it read to them, or play the cake making game. Easy!

We love books on the iPad – there are just no durability concerns whatsoever! Even if your child accidentally deletes the app, you just go back in and reload it.

Elfishki and The Giant Cake is loaded with captivating, beautifully designed images that your kids are sure to love. The characters are adorable, the colors are bright and fun, and with the added movement of various objects throughout the story, your kids are sure to be entertained. Add in the build your own cake component, and you’ve got an app that your kids will want to use from first sight!

Let’s start by saying there is a nice amount of functionality packed into the app itself. You or your children can read the story, or have it read to them. There is the build your own cake game, which if you’ve ever handed an iPad or iPhone over to a child can keep them plenty busy creating. However, apps are starting to get more and more developed, more and more complex, and some offer even more than what Elfishki offers. We’re a bit concerned after a read or two through the story kids might not want to go back to it, and we’re a bit concerned that kids on the older end of the spectrum will find the cake making game a bit too basic. For younger kids, solid functionality. For older kids, the functionality could be a bit deeper.

You just have to love the price of an app! At $0.99 you can absolutely, positively not go wrong with this purchase. Even if your kids only get a few uses out of the app (which we think they’ll get more than), you are more than covering it by paying less than a dollar! No problems here!

We’re starting to see more story-style apps designed for kids that read to them, allow them to read and work in a game or two….so there’s nothing overly original there. We do love the Elfishki characters and story – so cute and adorable – and definitely original!

Seriously, for $0.99, how can this app earn anything buy 5 stars overall?! First off it is easy to use – your kids will be able to jump right it! Next, there’s no durability issues, and from a visual perspective, the app is certainly inviting. Yes, we asked for a bit more functionality, but again, at just 99-cents, it’s not like you are overpaying for limited use. If you are looking to add to your children’s story and simple game collection on your iPad Elfishki and The Giant Cake is a great choice!