How to make learning more fun for kids? Introduce monsters into the mix.
New Zealand / UK-based ensemble, Myello Digital, is behind new iOS app Monster Time, designed to help children learn to tell the time with the help of some colourful beasts.
Each character comes with its own set of exercises with three levels of difficulty. These can be printed out to colour in as well, and there's provisions for digital, analogue, 12/24-hour time and am/pm. (There's also a free 'lite' version of the app with only one monster available at a time.)
Company director and lead developer Martin McBrearty says he wanted to create a fun learning experience for the whole family.
"As a father I noticed a distinct lack of quality time telling apps in the iPad / iPhone app stores when trying to teach my five-year-old daughter the time," he says.
"The app has even encouraged my three-year-old to take an interest in learning the time even though she’s a bit too young at the moment to grasp the concepts.”
Every aspect of Monster Time was painstakingly painted and digitally scanned by Auckland designer and illustrator Bradley Rogerson to create a handcrafted feel that he says children will immediately warm to.
Myello Digital also commissioned another Auckland company, Radiate Sound, to provide the soundtrack and sound effects.
Its launch last month follows teacher trials and child user tests in the UK and since then, it's been picked up by the Guardian and other media.
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