Developer: Night & Day Studios, Inc.
Price: $1.99 Download on the App Store
Night & Day Studios, Inc., the company that in the last few months has brought you such clever apps as Audience Pro, Rimshot Pro and Big Fat Lies Trivia Game, deserves a big-barn round of applause for its recent release of the children's educational game called Peekaboo Barn.
Designed for preschoolers, Peekaboo Barn appears to be based on the same concept as the classic See n Say toys that have been a perennial favorite with parents and kids for years. Peekaboo Barn helps build early vocabulary by teaching children to match animal sounds with the appropriate picture. Younger players also learn cause and effect, while older kids can use the game to practice early reading skills.
The game's interface starts with a closed barn door. The barn shimmies and shakes as your child tries to identify the animal sound coming from inside the barn. When ready, just tap the screen to open the door and uncover the animal. A voice identifies the animal and its name appears in the upper right hand corner of the picture. Tap again and the door closes to start from the beginning with a different animal sound.
Peekaboo Barn is a non-competitive game that allows you and your child to play and learn together. The settings can be adjusted between English and Spanish, and the animal sounds and voice can be turned off.
My four-year-old son was fascinated with the sounds, not just of the animals, but of the foreign pronunciations. The illustrations, created by Divya Srinivasan, whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, are uncomplicated and engaging.
Peekaboo Barn may only add a few more words to your child's vocabulary, but I have yet to meet a kid who doesn't appreciate a cool barnyard game.