Sunday, 24 March 2013

Mr Pencil App Review

With the awful weather, we have crazy blustery winds and its freezing cold, the boys have been feeling cooped up and a little bored.  I was pleased we were given a code to review another of LeapFrog’s great educational apps for the LeapPad 2.

Mr Pencil Saves Doodleburg retails for £20 and is available to buy from the App Centre.  Youngest sat quite happily playing this, it is a very motivational app, lots of encouragement with “well done” when you do something correctly.  He was beaming about all the praise he was getting, positively thriving on it! 

I really like how the game is broken down into an adventure you can play and also individual lessons, this way you can focus on the parts you need more practise on or have the excitement of seeing how Mr Pencil gets on saving the day making Doodleburg a beautiful place again.  Even after you have unlocked an area you can go back and use it as a colouring template, adding bits and making it just so.

There is lots of scope to unleash your little one’s creative skills, without the chaos of real paints, stamps and chalks.  It is nice sometimes to let them use virtual craft items, to save your sanity!  The lampshade in our kitchen is still decorated with an assortment of red paint splashes… the kitchen is where we craft so I have no immediate plans to decorate in there, but when I do I will be reaching for this fabulous app more often!  Youngest and Mr Pencil means no mess, hallelujah!

I like how much this has helped youngest; he has got better at drawing his shapes and writing his letters and practising your lines.  Thanks to this game youngest and eldest are now looking for shapes all around them.  My two are quite good with their colours, but I do think it’s useful to show them the mixing area and how secondary colours are made and how different colours reflect different moods.

Fortunately Mr Pencil works with the LeapPad2, LeapPad1, LeapsterGS and Leapster Explorer, so no one need miss out on all the fun!  Thanks LeapFrog drawing has never been so entertaining!

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