Bizzy Bear on the Farm by Nosy Crow is an original offering based on the popular series of board books. The app is based on the routines performed on a farm, and kids just love helping Bizzy Bear with his chores for the day as he visits the farm. Every child wants to feel useful and apps based on daily routines not only exposes kids to the sequences from following directives but also provides a purpose and a sense of teamwork when tasks are completed. These are core essential skills of any preschool program, and this app is worthy of a download for modeling positive task behaviors. In addition, early iPad skills are taught through direct experience which helps make the motor skills transferable to other early learning apps. You see Bizzy does enjoy being busy, and he loves having you tag along.

Inside the App

So, let’s take a look inside! We meet Bizzy as he gets dropped off by the bus on the farm. First, he puts on the boots the farmer gave him and off he goes to feed the pigs. YAY, they love their apples! The sheep are a jumpy bunch, and it is not as easy as it seems to keep them in the pen. One of them is always escaping if you don’t keep the gate shut. Whew, after that taking the horse out for a ride on a country path is great fun. Here children can experiment with speed by making the horse run fast or…WHOA! Slow down!! There are lots of animals to look at, as well as challenges on each page. Multiple taps on Bizzy Bear always gives you a different response keeping the pages fresh. Tasks of counting (employing a 1:1 correspondence), finding out the sounds of the different animals, or applying different iPad touch and swipe skills is why Bizzy Bear is a perfect app for early users. The app fits a young preschooler’s attention span and there are just enough challenges to keep an emerging learner’s interest. Playing the app with Bluebee doubles the fun as he/she is always in your corner cheering you on!

Jo Booth OTR/L has been an Occupational Therapist for over 35 years, and currently practices at EasterSeals of SEPA, Montgomery County Division mainly focusing on Early Intervention. It is an APS (Approved Private School) and home outreach based setting. She has also worked in Adolescent and Adult Rehabilitation. Writing reviews have been a tremendous opportunity and experience to share and learn with others.

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