July 18, 2011 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Kendal Investments today is pleased to introduce Smarty: Tic-Tac 1.0 for iOS, their new touchscreen, interactive game for kids age two and older that introduces the concept of time and the skill of reading a clock in a lively, entertaining fashion. A cartoon cat sits with a white board on his lap that displays a time, for example, 8:32. Behind him is a large display of six different clocks, each one having a different design, and each one displaying a different time. Kids must touch the one clock that reads 8:32 to be rewarded with an audio fanfare, Ta-Tah!, and continue playing.
Among the myriad of abstract ideas a young child must learn, like up and down, right and wrong, and happy and sad is the concept of now and later. While adults take time as a given, the current in which we exist carrying everyone and everything constantly forward, children must be taught to recognize this invisible thing we collectively agree to call time. Slowly, the child begins to understand, until in a moment of discovery it becomes clear: this is now, yesterday was before, and tomorrow is later. To help hasten the arrival of that moment, and to help solidify that knowledge, Smarty: Tic-Tac provides expertly designed practice in telling time.
One of the outstanding innovations in the app is that it automatically reinforces the abstract nature of time (as well as the nature of an abstraction) by using six different clocks. The child subliminally learns that it is not 8:32 because clock A reads 8:32, but because any clock, of any color, in any location reads 8:32. By employing clocks of six completely different designs, the child learns to see past the clock as a unique object, to discover the clock as a universal tool.
The Six Clocks:
* Ladybug Clock features a face with eyes, wings, orange and yellow stripes and 12 numbers surrounding the clockface
* Roman Numeral Clock is a basic clock with black numbers on a white background
* Sunflower Clock is surrounded by petals with an orange face and the numbers 12, 3, 6, and 9
* Rainbow Clock has a modernistic design with short hands and the numbers 12, 3, 6, and 9
* Airplane Clock is sky blue and shows a biplane with the clock hands as the propeller
* Kindergarten Clock has 12 handwritten numbers and fat and skinny pencils for hands
Learning to tell time has never been this much fun, because the child is not only searching for the right clockface, they are constantly referring back to the cartoon cat's whiteboard, 8:32. "What time was I looking for? Right, 8:32." This constant eye movement from clock to clock, from clock to whiteboard, and from clockface to clock hands helps make telling time a challenging activity and an adventure. With practice, the child becomes more adept at holding the search term in short-term memory. Over time, the function of the minute hand and the hour hand become more intuitive. With experience, Arabic numerals, Roman numerals, and the tick marks between numbers become interchangeable.
* Introduces the concepts of time to the child
* Teaches how to read the time displayed on a standard analog clock having two hands
* Introduces the concept of Roman and Arabic numerals to the child
* Develops the child's ability to focus their attention
* Expands the vocabulary of the child
* Acts as an assistant in the development of speech, memory, and logical thinking
* Helps develop fine motor skills
* Provides an amusing, educational way of keeping young children occupied
* Large, colorful touch display in landscape orientation
* Amusing clock sound effects
* Interactive clocks expand when touched
* Available in versions for iPad and iPhone
* Third in a series of educational apps for pre-schoolers
"Starting around the age of two we start to teach our children the concept of time," commented developer Anna Baidachnaya. "Making the transition to reading the time on a mechanical clock can often be difficult - but Smart: Tic-Tac turns learning to tell time into play."
* US English, Chinese, and Russian
* Compatible with iPad
* iOS 3.2 or later (iOS 4.3 tested)
* 5.6 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Smarty: Tic-Tac 1.0 for iPad is $1.99 (USD) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Smarty: Tic-Tac 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch is $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Review copies are available upon request.
Based in Minsk, Belarus, Kendal Investments Ltd. is a privately held company founded by Anna Baidachnaya in 2011. Their goal is to create a complete series of educational apps for young children to help them master basic skills and develop their cognitive abilities. Copyright (C) 2011 Kendal Investments Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.