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App Review: Charley Harper’s Peekaboo Forest

Charley Harper’s Peekaboo Forest
Night & Day Studios, Inc.
Available from iTunes store
$1.99
For iPhone or iPad

This simple but visually stunning app is a great choice for young toddlers. Four seasonal backgrounds hide several animals each. Small movements (a nose peeping out, or a waving tail) hint at a hidden animal, but the creature doesn’t reveal itself fully until the child taps where he sees the movement.

When the animal comes out of its hiding place it makes a sound, then the name appears in the upper corner and is read by the narrator. The animal stays on the screen until the child taps it again, then it hides and the next animal movement is revealed.

Options allow you to turn the narration and the animal sounds on or off, and to switch the narration between an adult or a child’s voice. The activity is a bit limited especially for older children, and I could wish for more pictures, but the Charley Harper illustrations are gorgeous and this is a good choice for young children.