What could be better on a hot summer’s day than making ice pops? In Cubic Frogs’ iMake Ice Pops kids get to try their hand at creating all sorts of yummy treats for everyone in the family. The app allows for complete autonomy for little ones to experiment with colors and shapes in a fun-filled activity that is easy to navigate. In addition, for the parents of picky eaters or sensory sensitive kids, this app is a way to not only introduce the idea new foods and flavors through play but may also habituate a child enough to the notion of actually trying ice pops or fruit flavors.
On opening, kids can choose between three different styles of ice pops to make. A single ice pop, swirled pops, or double pops. Each section becomes a little more complex in demands and keeps the app fresh and inviting for repeat play. After a pop’s shape is decided upon, it’s time to fill it up with a wide variety of fruit flavors and a few standards such as chocolate and caramel. There are 18 different flavors to choose from, and the pops are filled realistically from the bottom up bringing in a subtle lesson on the qualities of spatial orientation and relationships with items within a toddler’s or preschooler’s environment. “When we pour liquids, they go to the bottom of the pop.” This may seem obvious to an older child or adult, but younger toddlers are often fascinated by these facts. For some, it may be their first experience with planning out a design – and how cool is that? Next, up is selecting a stick, be it plain or fancy. Then into the freezer, it goes! The wonderful display of the timer really hits a home run in teaching kids to wait. Waiting is a crucial skill for all of us and helps us to attune to the environment for information. After the frozen treat is finished freezing, decorating can begin! Coatings, funny faces, candy and letters can adorn the pops for customizing the treats even more. Eating or sharing your treat with Bluebee can be done on a swing, at a picnic table or in the kitchen! Eating the pops with a trusted friend, like Bluebee, makes the experience that much more grand! There is a surprise inside every pop to share with Bluebee, family, and friends. I won’t reveal what it is…you’ll have to enjoy a pop or two to find out!