Martha’s Dog Party offers kids a fun way to learn vocabulary words with the character originally created in the book Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh and now starring in the PBS Kids TV series of the same name.
During the game “Martha Says”, you tap the screen to make different dogs walk, run or sit. As the game progresses, Martha uses synonyms for those words and explains that they mean the same thing. For example, instead of using the word run, Martha will say sprint and then explain that sprint means to run.
In the game “Chow Time” 3 plates are presented and Martha asks which one is a certain color, shape or has a certain design. When the correct plate is tapped Martha defines the descriptive word. For example, she asks which is the plate with the vehicles on it and when the correct plate is chosen, she explains what vehicles are. Then the plate is filled with dog food and the child slides a finger across the plate which brings out the dog’s tongue to lick the plate clean.
In “Doggie Dress Up” kids are introduced to words such as accessory, stylish and fashionable as they have fun choosing hats and collars to add to a variety of dogs. Another game choice is “Pop Quiz” which gives you 2 balloons, each with a different word. Martha asks which word means the same as the word she tells you. If you answer correctly the balloon pops with confetti inside. If you answer incorrectly, she defines the correct word. The words used in this game are all from the previous games to reinforce the vocabulary.
Recommended for children ages 4-7.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. $.99.
Donna C (Schimelpfenig Library)