Ponies are big at my house right now. My two year old has inherited her big sisters’ collections of My Little Ponies and she loves to play with them. I am constantly finding them scattered around the house. The ponies from her oldest sister (now 12) look different from those that belonged to the next oldest (age 9) and even those have a different look from the ones Miss J got for her birthday. We have a sampling My Little Pony evolution under one roof, now if only I’d kept mine from the 80’s! But whether their manes are matted or the newer plastic, Miss J loves them all which is why we were excited to try out the new Ruckus Media My Little Pony app. It’s a story about the pony Twilight Sparkle and a special assignment she receives from the Princess Celestia.
Twilight Sparkle, Teacher for a Day is narrated by Twilight Sparkle herself. There is another option where reading can be done silently, without narration. Still another option allows you to record your own voice and use that for the story’s narration. The story comes with a “sparkle” on each screen that children can tap for a simple animation or sound effect. Mixed in among the story are several different activities. Children will find “spot the difference” pictures and mazes where you control Twilight Sparkle by moving the iDevice. As children read through the story and complete the activities they will be collecting words. At the end they will find Twilight Sparkle’s diary. She has written in it but left out key words. At the bottom of the screen children can see thumbnails showing the words they’ve collected. They can then drag and drop these words into the diary, filling in the blanks. I thought this was a very clever, interactive way to recap the story. The final feature that I’d like to mention is the “Meet the Ponies” section. In this section readers can learn more about each of the My Little Ponies. This was very helpful for me because I’m always having a hard time remembering the pony’s names. My two year old doesn’t care but the older girls want to know what the pony’s symbols stand for. Now I can tell them.
I think the story and activities are just right for preschoolers. My toddler likes the ponies on the iPad but she won’t sit through the entire story. Right now she just wants to see their pictures on the screen and she gets a little frustrated when they don’t do move around. My Little Pony, Twilight Sparkle, Teacher for a Day is a great price right now – only $.99. If you have a My Little Pony fan in your house I think it’s well worth your dollar.
Price when Reviewed: $.99
This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Seller: Ruckus Media Group
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.