Product Review of Lipa Frog
A frog sits on a lily pad marked with a number. Kids feed the frog the correct number of flies to match the number shown by tapping on the hovering flies and watching the frog’s long tongue reach out to catch them. Tap on too few flies and nothing happens, too many and the frog spits them back out. Thirty levels break down into three sets of 10 levels each. With each progressing level, the numbers to match get higher (up to 10), and the number of lily pads increases (e.g., in level 1 there might be one lily pad requesting one fly, whereas level 30 might have five lily pads requesting 8, 9, 10, 9, and 10 flies). Every five levels, the game pauses to reveal a puzzle piece of a crown. At the end of each set of 10 levels, the frog approaches a princess frog, who rejects him. When kids finish all levels, the crown puzzle is completed and placed on the frog’s head; the princess frog accepts him, and love ensues.
Kids get lots of practice matching quantity to numeral. This would be a fun activity to assign when covering numbers or counting. There’s no way to create multiple accounts, so if kids need to share devices, each student would need to complete the whole set of levels before passing it on to another student. Teachers will want to bridge the digital game to offline activities. You can set up the same kind of exercises in the classroom; for example, have kids match the number of any kind of classroom item (beans, pencils, books, etc.) to preset numerals.
Lipa Frog is a fun concept with a clear and narrowly focused learning goal: match quantity to numeral for numbers 1-10. Rather than load up with lots of content or other distractions and risk overstimulating kids, Lipa Frog takes a simpler approach. The play is fun, and the attempt at simplicity is right on. Yet Lipa Frog is almost too simple. There is nice leveling: In the higher levels, numbers are higher and there are more matches to make, so kids gradually work with more complex tasks. But doing the exact same thing for 30 levels can get tedious, and the coverage of numbers ends up being superficial. It would be nice to see a bit of variety, like exploring the concepts of number and counting in a few different ways. And, once kids finish the levels, there’s nothing else to do. Younger kids might have no problem with this repetitive set-up, but older kids may need some more depth.
Overall User Consensus About the App
What fun it is to see the frog’s long tongue reach out and grab flies! With nothing else going on in this game, though, doing so over and over again can get repetitive. Graphics are nice, and kids will enjoy the concept.
Curriculum and Instruction
All 30 levels are about one simple concept: counting the right number of flies to match the numeral shown on each lily pad. Kids would benefit from more in-depth exploration of number or different ways to represent numbers or counting.
Kids track their progress through the levels on a home screen, though they have little help in counting the correct number of flies. Play is easily accessible for a wide range of learners.