Ahoiii Entertainment has produced a number of engaging, skill-building apps for young children, including Fiete Math, which made School Library Journal‘s Top 10 Apps of 2016. Two more apps by this company are reviewed below. The first one is free.
If Fiete KinderZoo (Ahoiii Entertainment, iOS, Free; Android, Free; PreS-K) is your first foray into the world of Sailor Fiete, don’t be discouraged. While the app is delightful, there isn’t much to it. In this “made-for-kids-by-kids” zoo adventure, users simply walk through a hand-drawn zoo and feed the animals. The collage-art creatures were created by children, and the sounds, recorded by them, are hilarious and worth multiple listens. A tap to an icon drops food onto the screen, which viewers can then drag and pop into the animals’ mouths. At some point, children may wonder “Is this it?” as they search for something to distract their hands, but they will have fun getting there.
Do consider Fiete Farm (Ahoiii Entertainment, iOS, $2.99; Android, 2.99; PreS-K). Gorgeous textured scenery accompanies plenty of interactions and tasks to complete. The rolling hills and quaint houses of the farm landscape are both angular and serene. Rumbling tractors and slowly rotating windmills evoke a sense of simplicity and calm. The animations are wry and clever—Sailor Fiete and his friends do not get out of bed easily. Users will follow them from sunup to sundown as they take care of the animals, tend to the crops, and complete other farm chores. Tossing the milk, eggs, and wares into the delivery truck is a hoot, while cleaning the ever-muddy pigs is nothing short of silly. And at the end of the day, the farmhands have an opportunity to relax in front of a crackling fire. The app is easy to navigate and does not contain in-app purchases. Instead, like life on a farm, the work is right in front of you. A scenic, engaging production that delivers a sense of accomplishment and purpose.—Caroline Molnar, Worthington City Schools, OH
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