Good Morning Björn! We can’t wait to hear about your new adventures!
Tell us about your new company?
I’ve joined a team in the mental health space, that now makes an app called Enjo. We’re a team of psychologists, researchers, engineers, and parents that all have a common goal of helping people through the use of technology. Everyone deserves support, and we think we can help a little with that.
How did the idea for Enjo come about?
The team had previously made another product in Sweden which they ran a scientific study on. It showed that if you used the app for two weeks, your stress levels went down 24% and your mental wellbeing went up 10%. Not bad for an app! So when I joined we started making a new English product that was based on this research, but now specifically tailored for parents. I’m a parent to two daughters myself, and of course worked a lot with parents through my time at Toca Boca too. And through this, Enjo was born.
Tell us about Enjo (which is awesome!!)
Enjo is an app that offers instant emotional support for parents. As all parents know, it is the most wonderful thing you’ll even experience. But at times, it can also be really hard. Especially becoming a parent can be a very hard transition for many, and there’s a lot of feelings of guilt and loneliness. We think we can help a little by helping parents to get a little sparkle of mindfulness in an otherwise busy day. We’ll ask specific questions around what you are grateful for, or what you appreciate in your partner. Things that you know and feel, but that sometimes get overlooked. We call this making mindful reflections. And by doing that, we can also help support you if you’re feeling down. 84% of users say that they get help from Enjo.
For now, we are very focused on making the best possible app to support parents. But looking further out, there are of course other groups in the world that would benefit from a little extra boost too. We’ll have to see what we could do there.
Any advice for this developing apps?
Try to really understand your users deeply. If it is kids app, ask less and watch more. Just see how they interact with your app and if they genuinely enjoy it or not. If it is for adults, talk to them and try to understand how your app might fit into their daily lives. The answers are almost always there somewhere, but often slightly hidden.
Any advice for parents?
It’s okay to think that parenting is hard. It’s okay to feel like you’re not doing enough. Everyone feels like that from time to time. But don’t go through things alone. Ask friends and family for help and support, and for the times where they aren’t available – something like Enjo could be an option. It’s hard enough as it is to be a parent, so please don’t beat yourself up about it.
Playful animated videos that teach the meaning of new words
What we’d love to see…
Words to be introduced in increasing levels of difficulty, spelling from left to right only, more explicit prompts to help teach how to blend sounds
An engaging and outstanding multi-game app that teaches children how to spell, read and learn new vocabulary words that are beyond their school levels
Wonster Words Learning by 77Sparx Studio recently had a major upgrade to give children a new learning and play experience while retaining the same fun and playful approach that appeals to children.
From just Word Families, the app now engages learners through Stories, Math, Science and, Art and Music to teach students phonics, spelling and vocabulary. While the Phonics Word Families and Stories teach students new words by spelling and sounding them out, words introduced in the Math, Science and, Art and Music sections are taught by sight.
Before your child begins to play, I would recommend you to switch to the option to learn words in lower case in the settings as upper case letters are the default (unless you prefer to use upper case). You can also opt to turn off the music background in the app.
There are currently 11 word families included in the app. Each word family introduces 8 words from the word family that are of mixed levels of difficulty. For example, the ‘at’ word family has the words splat, brat, rat, copycat, cat, flat, acrobat and bat instead of the usual simple CVC words like bat, cat, fat, hat, mat, pat, rat, sat and vat.
For each word, students are prompted to complete the word puzzle, from left to right, using the freely floating animated letters. But kids can also piece the word puzzle in random order. They can hear the associated phonic sound as they drag and drop each animated letters. Tapping on the letters in the word puzzle also produces the phonic sound. But once the animated letter is put in place in the word puzzle, the letter name is read out instead of the phonic sound. So kids get to learn both the letter name and sound.
After the word has been put together, a fun animated video clip featuring the Wonster characters is played to demonstrate the meaning of the word. For simpler words, a mini-game based on the word will start.
More words are introduced in the 11 original Wonster stories that revolve around popular children’s themes like birthdays, friendships, adventures, nature and space. Words relating to the theme of the story are taught following the sequence of the story. Word puzzles are also used here to reinforce the letter names and sounds. Again playful animations help define the meaning of each new word. What proved to be a hit with my youngest were the mini games that he was rewarded with as he built more words along the story path.
For this update, the developers added puzzles and mini-games covering Math & Logic, Science & Nature, and Art & Music from their award-winning Puzzingo app to further build students’ vocabulary. I think it is meaningful for children to learn new words in context when these are grouped according to themes.
Math & Logic Puzzles
Science & Nature Puzzles
Art & Music Puzzles
Wonster Words excels in a few important ways. The animation video used to demonstrate the meaning of words are very well done. I like that there are lots of humor and playfulness in the videos to engage young learners. Plus there are some memorable comments (like “It’s easier to unwrap than to giftwrap” and “Never give up on the things that are important to you” ). Another star feature is the inclusion of many fun mini games related to the vocabulary words to keep learners entertained and interested. There is never a dull moment.
While the word and puzzles are easy to play, the learning content is not preschool materials but chosen to stretch students beyond their years. The words taught are varied in theme and difficulty level. And there are 3 different ways in which children can learn new words – by word families, through stories and themed puzzles. It’s amazing how much new knowledge young children can absorb when given the right tool. They learn difficult words easily when the gameplay is designed at their interest level.
Access to the app’s huge amount of content is through a monthly subscription of $7.99 after a 7-day free trial. A one-time payment for the lifetime all-access Pro version is $54.99. So, start the trial with your child right away and decide which option is the most suitable for your family’s needs before the trial period is over. You may be surprised to see how much your child will be enjoying learning while playing with the app.
8 interesting scenes with a variety of immersive play activities.
What we’d love to see…
Add even more interactive elements to enrich the free-play sessions.
A fun and engaging app that helps build rich vocabulary while encouraging curiosity, active exploration and imaginative play.
Peg and Pog is an interactive app that teaches over 170 vocabulary words in 5 languages as players explore 8 different animated scenes – ocean, polar regions, space, Savannah, store, bedroom, birthday party, and dressing room.
The app turns every play session into an adventure for young children by letting them build each of the 8 scenes with items (animals and objects) associated with the setting, and interact with them. The characters and items of vocabulary are introduced one at a time and children can activate the item and hear the vocabulary word whenever they tap or move it. In addition to these items, players can also explore around the scene to animate more items and learn their names.
For older kids who are ready to learn the written words, the vocabulary words are presented separately on vocabulary cards, with only the picture and the written word on each card. The learning is focused and targeted to build a strong association between the item, its name, the spelling, and pronunciation. Grouping these words in context also helps learners make the connection between the items.
Children become more familiar with each vocabulary word as they play with them repeatedly, and this app offers great replay value. Each of the 8 play scenes is designed for free play where kids can move items around and activate them. This encourages imaginative play where kids can make up their own stories and explore possibilities. There is a lot of activities to keep kids entertained and engaged. They can have a go at the toy capsule vending machine in the store and label the toys that they get. They can pretend to be a DJ, dance to different genres of music or enjoy the food at a birthday party. They can style the characters from the head to toe with superhero costumes or other outrageous outfits for a photo shoot. They can also learn more about the planets, sea creatures and animals. They even get to try new experiences like controlling a husky ride, making the cloud rain, flying in a hot-air balloon, and walking in space!
What I like about this app is that it helps open the window to the world for our children. It makes them curious about the wider world, beyond what they have been exposed to and want to discover more. It presents lots of opportunities for you to help expand their general knowledge. It is also a great conversation starter as you can relate each scene to yours and your child’s real-life experiences. Credit goes to the developer as well for building an awareness and appreciation for cultural diversity, and social inclusion into the app. Everyone can participate equally regardless of their background and abilities.
There is a parents’ guide (in the parents’ section) on the learning points and what you can talk about with your child during the in-app play. It would be great to also include a list of all the vocabulary words introduced in the app for easy reference. In the settings, you can also change the language (UK/US English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Mandarin) and audio (music, sound effects, and spoken words) preferences.
Above all, the app is just pure fun for the kids. The cute characters, movable interactive play items, variety of activities and engaging free-play settings will keep them coming back for more play and learning
Plenty of fun and giggles in this "highly recommended" language learning game for kids. Designed especially to introduce your child to learning everyday vocabulary, and with no in-app purchases or third.
NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.
immersive science based exploration better than any other science type app we have recently tested
What we’d love to see…
I would love to see more information for parents when they first launch the app explaining how they can use it with their kids. I would love to see more earth science and a fuller explanation of each of the contents or even a dig in the individual planets.
This is the best science app covering these topics I have ever tested with my kids!
Tappity Grade K-4 Science for Kids is a subscription based app for iOS that features an immersive experience into a variety of science topics. The app is designed for children from kindergarten through grade four. My preschooler loved the app as well – although he had a shorter attention span. New content is being constantly added and ranges from Oceans to planets to evolution and more. There is even a monthly mystery. Topics are: new content, adventures, space, nature, animals, dinosaurs and mini mysteries. The narration is in native English and is very clear and easy to understand.
The app starts with an adventure you choose – my kids especially liked the space adventure where you traveled through space, landed on the moon, had lunch (broccoli or ice cream) and then even were able to control the weather on Venus. Each adventure is narrated and allows you to touch, explore, hear the narration and impressively learn while using the app without kids knowing it! Navigation is simple, kids tap, twist, orbit and touch arrows when they are done with specific adventures. The app uses actual video footage rather than animated characters or computer animations.
As a mom, I loved the fun facts in each adventure as well as the animations – which felt so real like the coral reef with the fish swimming and more. Kids could also pop up the text at the bottom to read it as well. In the space adventure, watching my kids explore the various orbits and learning about the planets was so much more fun than I remember it being when I learned in a textbook in the classroom. I also appreciated that I knew each lesson would take approximately x number of minutes which gave me time to prep dinner or pack lunches instead of having to worry about my kids mindlessly watching television. The app encourages thinking and problem solving which are both very important in our current school curriculum. It also allows for exploration which means that kids can look around, explore and truly start to understand what they are learning. As a supplement, after we reviewed the space portion of Tappity we went to a local museum that was having a space exhibit – I was amazed at how much my kids remembered! It provided multi-sensory learning with app guides, clear explanations. You can download the adventures so no wi-fi is needed meaning that you can take the adventures with you. The music is fun and catchy. At the end you return home and there is a quick recap of what you learned. It encourages kids to go beyond the app and learn. At the end kids can take a photo to remember their adventure.
In terms of enhancements, I would love to see more information for parents when they first launch the app explaining how they can use it with their kids. I would love to see more earth science and a fuller explanation of each of the contents or even a dig in the individual planets.
The app is paid via in-app purchase via subscription, if you are like me, a lifetime subscription is a good buy! Prices are below and are current as of the time of this review in USD. Plans: $2.99/month, $14.99/year, and $49.99 (lifetime)
Both my boys loved this app and I loved that they were getting educational content and learning about science. They were well engaged and learning as well as retaining the content to be able to explain it. This is the best science app covering these topics I have ever tested with my kids! Perfect for homeschoolers, regular parents and even just curious kids. I can’t wait to test it with my Cub Scouts as well!
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