Don’t you love it when you find a go-to game for the kids?  That’s what I found with the help of a five year old rookie I recruited to help test Swapsies Sports.  Every time he asked if he could play games on my device this is the one he pulled up.  He might leave and play others for a while but he kept coming back to this one.

The game plan is simple.  Select a boy or girl player and then dress them in a sports uniform by sliding head gear, shirts, and pants to create a matched outfit. I’ve noticed that kids love to create silly pairs and with some games they lose focus and never build a match. While it is likely that I would probably need to play tennis in some kind of a helmet, I liked that this game gave children the opportunity to have fun and create a silly uniform but it only rewarded them with a sports game when the athlete was dressed head to foot in the proper attire. And I will admit that recognizing the difference between baseball cleats and football cleats can be a bit tricky, so players will have to keep a close eye to make sure colors match as well. I think this challenge is part of what held my tester’s attention.

Of all the pairs he made his favorite reward game without a doubt, was football. After you complete a uniform a ball or piece of equipment appears on the field next to your player.  We repeatedly earned a football and then went barreling down the field eluding the defensive players in our path or better still for my all-star, just plowing them over. He loved flicking them to the sideline. He also enjoyed pedaling the bike and doing kickflips on a skateboard.  These activities are all performed with simple finger motions.

I liked the subtle way  Swapsies Sports incorporating learning skills into a fun set of activities. The matching requires observation and an eye for detail and the games help develop fine motor skills. With 10 sports represented it may also expose kids to sports that they might not be familiar with. Its got what it takes to build a well rounded athlete.

This app is also available for Android on Google Play, Amazon, Nook.

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

About The Author

JoDee

When is come to the gadgets, gizmos and whats-its of the modern world, her three kids keep her up to speed. Whether its watching yet another iTunes card go up in smoke while music downloads at the speed of sound, teenage blogging, term paper research or the youngest studying spelling and math facts, she tries to ignore how many hours are logged on the hand held devices in her home. All that being said, the growth and learning the gizmos provide never cease to amaze her.

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