Elmer’s Photo Patchwork – an app that will get kids exploring everywhere

Elmers Photo Patchwork app

Most apps result in sedentary kids getting square eyes and slowly sinking into the couch. Not this one. This app gets kids looking up from the screen and exploring the real world.

You may remember Elmer the patchwork elephant from the children’s books by David McKee. Now Elmer and friends have a great new app that will get the kids exploring and creating.

Elmers Photo Patchwork app

In Elmer’s Photo Patchwork the goal is to decorate the patchwork elephants. Sounds simple, right? The trick is that they can only be coloured in by taking photos. No cheating and using stored photos, every patch needs to be filled by a new photo and that means kids need to get active and look up from the screen. Brilliant.

Elmers Photo Patchwork

This fabulous app has 40 different elephant design combinations to choose from and once decorated, the elephants line up in a parade that you can save as a photo to print. Parents can join in the fun by setting themes to make the designs more challenging. I have to admit, I spent a good portion of my morning decorating one elephant with various food items and another with things from the garden. So that’s a thumbs up from me.

It is so refreshing to see an app that encourages real world engagement – at Babyology we just love it. Ideal for kids aged three to eight (and this 30-something mum!) Elmer’s Photo Patchwork is only available for iPhone and iPad. You can download it at the App Store for just $1.99 with none of those pesky in-app purchases.

Kate Murray

Kate Murray

Kate was a regular of Melbourne’s music and film scenes, but these days she is on the mum scene. Mother to one adorable little hipster, Kate loves seeking out the latest trends in technology, vintage-style kids clothing, and offbeat kids products. She is often found riding her bike by the Yarra river with baby on back, heading for a good soy latte at the latest kid-friendly cafe. She wants to get there before it becomes cool. So Melbourne.

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