We love discovering and featuring children’s apps here on the site, mainly because we believe the iPad is an incredible teaching tool. Crowded Village, developed by Saundarya Shah, is a fun and interactive learning app for ages 1-5 that features math, numbers, letters, and more.
When it comes to helping kids learn basics, there are plenty of apps available. However, few of them compare to the resources and features that Crowded Village offers. The first thing I noticed about the app is the layout and it’s big, bright, and very kid friendly.
For kids to use the app, all they have to do is tap what they want to work on. The main menu is very easy to understand and navigate. Once the session begins, kids will be asked to perform a task based on the topic they selected. For example, choosing which picture is the letter A.
I do want to stress the fact that audio is very important for Crowded Village, as younger kids might have difficulties reading the question on the bottom of the screen. I definitely recommend turning the volume up so kids can really get the most out of the app.
Crowded Village offers as much to parents and teachers as it does to children. Pressing on the lock button at the top of the screen opens up the administrative features. This is where parents and teachers can see a breakdown of a child’s performance, set up and maintain profiles, and much more.
There are quite a few things that set Crowded Village apart from similar apps. First, kids can acquire credits by completing questions successfully. Once they’ve earned enough credits, they can unlock animals to add to their village.
Also, the app lets parents and teachers create their own questions, complete with pictures. To do this, type the question and record yourself reading it. Next, select the pictures to use for choices from your camera roll or the app’s gallery. This is incredibly cool and is definitely something I’ve never encountered in any other learning apps.
Parents and teachers will be happy to know that Crowded Village is fully COPPA compliant and doesn’t include links to external sites, social networking, or anything that kids might get into trouble with. Restricted areas are protected by a math question, as well.
Crowded Village does include a few in-app purchases for additional categories such as animals, counting, and clothing. Each upgrade is $0.99, which is an incredible value considering the quality of the content provided.
Overall, Crowded Village is an incredibly fun and educational iPad app. Not only does it come with plenty of great content, but the fact that it allows custom questions is beyond cool. Performance insights are a great way to identify strengths and weaknesses, as well. This is a great app that both parents and kids will enjoy.
Crowded Village requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPad.
A small administrative fee was paid by the developer for publication of this review, which did not influence the reviewer’s opinion