If you have young boys who love trains (as most boys do), they will fall in love with Chugga as he travels around the world in Chugga Deluxe. Come along with this cute little red train as he visits the Australian outback to the African tundra or the Arctic glaciers to the tropics of South America. Where ever you take him, Chugga will introduce your child to the terrain of these places as well as some of the native wildlife you would find if you actually traveled there.

This app has 6 bright and colorful scenes to choose from: a mountainous forest, a cold, arctic glacier, the Australian outback, an African tundra, a middle-eastern desert, and a hot, tropical jungle. In each scene, Chugga travels around the track while the children use the various trees and animals at the bottom of the screen to decorate Chugga’s path. The pictures are fully-interactive with realistic animal sounds and fun movements. Kids will enjoy moving these pictures around the screen by tapping and dragging them where ever they would like.

Chugga Deluxe is a great way for toddlers to be introduced the concept of cause and effect as they touch the animals on the screen and hear the sounds they make. This app can also reinforce fine motor control as the child learns to touch and drag the pictures to their positions on the screen. The developer of this app also mentioned that it was particularly beneficial for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I would recommend this app for kids ages 2 – 5 as the concept is very simple and the actions are repetitive which is what children in that age range enjoy. This app is a wonderful way for young children to begin to explore and learn about the world around them.

Price: $2.99

See the app in iTunes

Requirements:  Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

Seller:   Monte Gifford

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.


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About The Author


Monica is a mother of four incredibly bright, talented and energetic children. She has a bachelors degree in Child Development and nearly 11 years of experience as a mom to help her find and recommend great apps for your family. When she isn’t caring for her family or researching and reviewing apps, you can find her volunteering at the elementary school, torturing herself at the gym, or hiding out with her nose in a good book.

2 Responses

  1. jillianne

    It really irritates me that you aim your review of this app towards moms with boys. Every 2/3 year old GIRL I know also loves trains! This app doesn’t even remotely look like it was only developed for boys. Sadly, this is the first review I came across on your site, and now your reviews have lost credibility with me so I won’t be back.

    • TheiPhoneMom

      I’m sorry you feel that way Jillianne! My girls do love trains as well — but if you read the review you will notice only the first sentence mentions “boys”. The rest of the review talks about “kids” and “children” ending: “I would recommend this app for kids ages 2 – 5 “. Take care. Theiphonemom.com team


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