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$2.99 at time of review

Camping With Grandpa

Age Level: Ages 5-8
By Developer: Fairlady Media

Camping with Grandpa gives kids a bit of a view of what a camping trip would entail, including aspects of a hiking experience. The app is filled with mini games that touch on multiple areas, such as: using a compass, some different types of flora and fauna that live in the forest, animal tracks, gear one would need on such a trip, doing a bit of campfire cooking, short learning videos, a word search game and other activities that one would encountered while on a camping trip. The app is comprised of beautiful graphics, a professional soundtrack and easy to use interface.

The player chooses from 4 different trails to go on. On the trails one might be asked to spot a specific kind of bird, tree, etc. These games run in loops, but choosing a trail more than once does give different choices in the game play.

As with the other Fairlady Media apps, you will find Grandpa (or Grandma) as a warm and friendly guide. During the mini games, Grandpa encourages the player along with positive reinforcement and a nice acknowledgement at the end, no matter how many wrong choices one might have made.

If you are looking for a strong educational app, this is not the one for you. If you want to give your children some insight on what they may do and find, while camping in the great outdoors, I think you will like this choice. The app is made for kids 6-8. I think a bit younger kids will enjoy it with ease.

Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Features

  • Hiking Gear - Which items should we take on our hike?
  • Read a Compass - Which direction should we go to the Flower Valley Trail?
  • Take a Hike - Can you spot all the white birch trees?
  • Animal Foods - Can you help these animals get to the foods they eat?
  • Animal Tracks - Hmm, which animal made these tracks?
  • Tent Shadows - Which pocket knife makes this shadow?
  • Word Find - Can you find all the forest words?
  • Choose a hike!
  • Roast a marshmallow and a hot dog!
  • Eat a s’more and a hot dog!
  • Douse the fire!
  • Give Grandpa a high five!
  • Pick a stuffy to sleep with!
  • Plus, watch fascinating videos about survival, camping, hiking, and wildlife, all narrated by Grandpa himself.
  • Outdoor and survival skills: map reading, compass reading, trail safety, emergency preparedness, fire safety, animal characteristics (food, tracks, habitat), hiking and camping equipment.
  • Butterflies: tiger swallowtail, monarch, red admiral, common buckeye.
  • Trees: hickory, oak, pine, birch, maple, redwood, willow.
  • Birds: robin, woodpecker, cardinal, blue jay.
  • Flowers: daisy, clover, thistle, black-eyed Susan.
  • Vocabulary: lantern, s’more, bridge, compass, ridge, stream, valley, mountain, binoculars, kindling, ripples, acorn, pinecone, pocket knife, hatchet, and more.