Words with Ibbleobble has launched this week, the first in a unique series of educational apps that encourage children to celebrate being different.
Words with Ibbleobble is a magnificent method of helping children of all ages to learn new words, strengthen their problem solving abilities and heighten their word and number association skills. By joining their new friends in Ibbleobble, each child can choose a cute character companion who will guide them along their journey of learning. The seven characters are children that put on their thinking caps to become their alter ego animals.
Ibbleobble distinguishes itself from the rest, as the series of apps and characters are inspired by Development Psychologist Howard Gardner’s ‘Theory of Multiple Intelligences’. This aligns with the International Bachelorette Curriculum taught across the globe.
The characters are:
Visual/Spatial – Florence the Fox whose loves dressing up as a Chinese Dragon
Logical and Mathematic – Nancy the Sheep who loves to help her friends with their maths homework
Intrapersonal – Kelly the Rabbit loves to ‘chitter chatter’ and be around nature
Bodily/Kinesthetic – Tom the Frog whose long legs means he can run faster than a bullet
Interpersonal – Fin the Hedgehog who takes a lot of naps and loves reading comics
Verbal/Linguistic – Mr Mousey, the one who can spell long words like ‘chocolate’
Musical – Lola the Chicken who loves singing and dancing for all of her friends
‘This helps the children playing the app subtly understand that there are many types of people, and it is GREAT to be different!’ explained Mike Kidd the Technical Developer of the app.
Words with Ibbleobble’s characters each have a category linked to seven essential, everyday themes, such as: ‘On the farm’, ‘My home’ and ‘Shapes and colours’. The child is given the choice of progressing at their own pace, or taking a challenge against the clock. The game’s friendly and easy-to-use interface presents images of objects on-screen, allowing children to choose an answer from a multiple-choice list. After they guess correctly the next object appears.
Paul Jamie Kidd, the Creative Designer of Ibbleobble says: “The app aims to teach children new objects in a fun and interactive way. To recognise their hard work and achievement, children will collect one of their character’s favourite objects as a reward. Whether it’s blocks of cheese for Mr Mousey or jelly beans for Tom the Frog, the more they achieve, the happier their companion will be!’
The different levels of difficulty encourages the child to ask questions and open conversations with their parent/guardian extending the learning from inside the app into everyday life.
Ibbleobble is the brainchild of Kiddotco (http://www.kidd.co); made up of two creative brothers from North East Lincolnshire. Kiddotco have worked on creative projects ranging from an international clothing lines to branding a Sydney based leading TV production company. After seeing their niece fall in love with their iPads and the games on there, they thought: ‘Why can’t we do that… And better!?’
The app is available for iPhone and iPad, with an introductory price of £2.29. http://www.iblobl.com/words
Note to Editor
Howard Gardner’s ‘Theory of Multiple Intelligences’
The 7 personalities are: Intrapersonal, Visual/Spatial, Bodily/Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Logical/Mathematic, Verbal/Linguistic, & Musical.
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