Miffy’s Garden for the iPad

I may be the only adult in the world with Dick Bruna’s beautiful illustrations hanging on my wall (not the nursery wall) but there’s no denying the appeal of Miffy.

My previous posts about Miffy make no secret of the fact that I’m a huge fan. Needless to say, when I heard there was a Miffy iPad app on the way, I couldn’t wait to try it.

Miffy’s Garden is stunning. Featuring Bruna’s superb graphics and simple activities aimed at children aged two to five years, the app stays true to the Miffy books that we all know and love.

The app is based on the book Miffy’s Garden by Dick Bruna. Kids can listen to the story being told to them, record their own version (or mum’s or dad’s) and help Miffy with raking, sowing seeds and gathering carrots in her garden. As well as the activities associated with telling the story, kids can also play a simple counting game, do a fruity ‘puzzle’ or create their own garden and send it as an e-card.

I admit I am quite relieved the app isn’t jam-packed with ‘bells and whistles’. Although it’s the clever graphics and sound effects that attract me to other apps, Miffy didn’t need to stray into unfamiliar territory. The instantly recognisable drawings, the addition of simple little tasks such as pulling carrots from the garden and the inclusion of a full Miffy story is enough to satisfy the kinder-set.

Miffy’s Garden is available via iTunes and costs $4.49.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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