Bottom Line: Have a party with Peppa! Peppa Pig's Party Time is a fun way to practice a birthday routine and celebrate, even if kids aren’t familiar with Peppa Pig; fans of the British Nick Jr. animated series will love it. The mini games allow for creativity and lots of fun.
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We’re almost out of the preschool cartoon phase, but my daughter still has a few favorites. One of our recent finds is Peppa Pig, and my 6-year-old was excited to try out Peppa Pig’s Party Time by P2 Games Limited.
All of the favorite characters are in this app, and it includes the same familiar narration and sound effects heard in the TV series. This connection to the show is great for learning, and is often really appealing to young children with special needs.
Yet the app is so much more than a familiar show. There are seven different mini games: three of them are creative, three are games (with a multiplayer function!) and the last is a photo album to sequence and summarize the party. I love this variety in a kid’s app, making Peppa Pig's Party Time one of my new favorite therapy apps for younger students.
The creative games provide a great place to target overall descriptive vocabulary as well as sequencing and following directions. The user makes the party invitation for Peppa’s party, including paper choice, stickers (26 choices) and the writing (six choices). When the final design is complete, the invitations are given character stamps and mailed in the mailbox.
After inviting all of Peppa’s friends, the user makes a party bag, again with multiple choices for bags, sticker decorations, and even which five goodies should go in the bag (parents will be glad to know I chose the finger puppets for my bag, not the candy).
Next, of course, is the cake! Peppa helps her mom mix up the birthday cake, pour it in the pan, and then add icing, candles and other decorations. The user helps make the cake by stirring with the spoon, sifting icing sugar and frosting the cake with a finger. After decorating, blow out the candles by blowing into the device’s microphone for more classic birthday fun.
The party games might just be my favorite part of the app, though, and different from most other birthday apps I’ve seen. The games feature typical childhood birthday party games like musical chairs, pass the parcel and a piñata. Up to four kids can add their own interactions to play — each game opens with four spots, and 1-4 people may play. Even if a child plays alone, the computer includes other characters to still include that social component.
I love that these games give kids a chance to experience what typical party games may be like. It’s almost like an interactive social story. In Musical Chairs, as each character is eliminated, there are sad faces and tears. I like the opportunity to talk about how it’s sad to get eliminated, and everyone feels sad sometimes, but it’s OK.
The other two games involve a little treat for everyone, with a good opportunity to talk about how not all of the treats belong to just one child. The interactive games also provide opportunity for social play with siblings, parents and friends in a fun way.
The final mini game is a photo album with pictures from the other mini games. Children move the pictures from a top row down to the album. It’s a great chance to work on sequencing (“what did we do first? What happened after musical chairs?”) with the visual support often needed for young kids to retell events.
Overall, I find this app wonderful for children’s language and social development. There are many other small little smart features, like how the stickers orient to the left or right depending on where they are placed on the invitation. This makes it less frustrating to create a scene where characters interact in a variety of ways. I also really appreciate the ease of navigation around the app, the lack of in-app purchases and the password protection on all external links. It’s also loads of fun with favorite characters, making it nearly perfect.
There were just a few areas I wanted to see improvements. First, the price: the current price is $4.99 in the United States. While I think it’s worth this amount with a large amount of content, I know it’s high for what many expect to pay. A $2.99 price might be more attractive.
In the invitation section, I wanted to be able to add a personalized message instead of simply choosing among the six premade options. It would allow for a little more creativity, and offer an opportunity for some older kids to develop more literacy skills.
On the cake mini game, I was surprised that the user doesn’t have as much interaction as I’d expected. I would like to see the user tap the egg to crack it, not just tap the egg on the side to have the app crack and add the egg. I’m used to the creative interaction with ingredients in apps like my favorite Cake Doodle. I wanted to hear the ingredients named as they were added, and there’s also no way to skip the ingredient section and head straight to the decoration section.
These are small weaknesses, though, and overall this app is a must-have for any Peppa Pig lover. But don’t be limited — SLPs and early childhood teachers will also likely find this app very useful in education and therapy, and any child preparing for a birthday will enjoy playing with Peppa and her friends.
Heather H. is proud that she won at Musical Chairs, as she's sure it took great skill. Now to find a birthday party where she can play along . . . SmartAppsForKids.com was paid a priority review fee to complete this review in an expedited manner.