Wednesday 29 April 2015

Kids' app review : Elmer's Photo Patchwork

Elmer the patchwork elephant is covered in vibrant colours and in his new app, Elmer's Photo Patchwork, he invites you to take inspiration from the world around you to create some new patchwork squares with different colours and textures.

For once, Elmer isn't going to be the only elephant who isn't boring, plain grey ! There are lots of elephants trailing behind Elmer in a parade and, using the photo function on your ipad or iphone, you need to give them all a colourful makover.

We received a code to try out the app and Pierre has been having great fun looking around the house for different colours he can snap. In this small selection, he took pictures of the quilts, a wooden tabletop, the yellow wall and his hair !

It's a great way of getting children to interact with the world around them and really take notice of the colours, patterns and textures of everyday objects. The only limit is your child's imagination - Pierre has also been looking at the rainbow colours of the fruit bowl, the changing patterns of the clouds in the sky, close-ups of the dogs' fur or the skin on his hand ... Then he had a brainwave.

Why not do a photo patchwork too? As well as taking regular full-face portraits of the two and four-legged residents of The Madhouse, he went for close-ups of facial features or random objects around the house.

You get to choose the patterns on each elephant so the options are limitless.

 And when you've finished, your elephant will head back to the colourful background of Elmer's world.

It's such a simple concept but it has provided hours of fun. Pierre isn't the only one to play with it - his big sisters and even the grown-ups have been getting in on the fun too ! It's lovely to find an app that doesn’t keep children glued to the screen, but makes them look up, look around and get inspired by the world.

star rating : 4.5/5

RRP : £1.99

Disclosure : We received a download code in order to write an honest review.

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