This week, we looked at Moon Man Dan by Pickled Pepper Productions, Ltd., which is available in iTunes for free.
Moon Man Dan lives on the moon and is in charge of lighting up the moon at night. When something lands on the moon, he has to figure out with it is and how to get it back where it belongs. The Nooms are Moon Man Dan’s adorable moon friends who live on the moon along with the MoonMoos (moon cows). This app story is perfect for preschools because it’s very interactive. Every page has things to tap on, some have little puzzles to solve, and there it includes information on the Hubble Telescope along with some pictures of galaxies. There is also a video to watch and a nightlight feature.
This is a great educational app to get kids interested in space. There are five game aspects, including building rocket ships, putting the planets in order, and flying rocket ships. As they go through the games, there are coins that children can collect. They then unlock different space facts (a lot of which were new to me!) that are kept in a fact book that they can go back to and look at any time. There is not much in the way of instructions, but it is intuitive enough for kids to figure out on their own. The background music is soothing and unobtrusive, and there are no in-app purchases.