Little Pim Spanish for iPad gives children who are 3 to 6 years old a chance to learn Spanish vocabulary and basic phrases.
The app offers a series of fun games that introduce children to 60 Spanish words and phrases. It includes three different educational activities: Eating and Drinking, Playtime, and Wake Up Smiling, each of which has three levels of learning. Level one focuses on nouns, while level two moves on to verbs, and level three culminates in basic phrases.
Little Pim is a small panda with big learning goals. The bamboo-munching bear helms Little Pim, which uses the Entertainment Immersion Method (TM) to teach a variety of foreign languages to young children. Little Pim Spanish for iPad is not a substitute for the full Little Pim program, but it draws on the program’s foundations.
Little Pim joined with PBS kids to distribute the app in the US, which is fitting since its scope is reminiscent of Sesame Street’s approach to learning Spanish. Rather than aiming for total immersion, Little Pim dips a child’s toe in the language pool. Not only does this approach pique children’s interest, but it makes them aware that other languages exist, and lets them play while they learn.
Little Pim Spanish is available to download in the App store for $2.99.
What I liked: Little Pim Spanish was easy to navigate, colorful, and it made learning Spanish vocabulary fun.
What I didn’t like: Unfortunately there is no way to skip directly to more difficult lessons. The most basic games might be frustratingly simple for children at the older end of the app’s age demographic.
To buy or not to buy: At $2.99, Little Pim Spanish for iPad offers an affordably priced way to expose young children to a foreign language. While the app will not make anyone, young or old, fluent in Spanish, it is grounded in solid methodology and will expose kids to a second language.
- App Name: Little Pim Spanish
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: PBS Kids
- Price: $2.99