Another product related post; this time regarding our 3rd iPad application for kiddie-winkies. This one is called Minglies and features said (mingly) creatures in 3 fun pastimes for your little ones to enjoy.
The Minglies are an odd looking bunch, but it takes all sorts of creatures to make our world more interesting. I basically wanted to create some characters that would inspire kids to produce Minglies of their own, next time they’re drawing and coloring.
As for the pastimes mentioned: they have an educational benefit as usual and are all based on personal favorites from my own childhood memories.
First up is a simple card-based memory game: matching the mingly pairs. Cards are laid out in a regular pattern and can be flipped-over 2 at a time. An educational classic, to help develop an eye for detail (color and facial features) and a memory for where we last saw an item. (Seem to remember pestering my grandmother and siblings mercilessly to play this game, when I was a nipper).
Next up is a kind of dial-a-mingly, where each mingly face is split into 3 segments (detailing upper, middle and lower facial features). Your child can swipe each segment left or right, to mix facial features and create new and fun combinations. As already mentioned, minglies are odd looking to begin with; so imagine what they look like all muxed-ip. (This pastime was inspired by the cardboard equivalent, that I got free with a comic, as a kid. Tho’ the segments back then were flaps that folded one over the other, to mix’n’match).
The final pastime is an homage to the good old sliding puzzle. (Always a welcome stocking filler, during my childhood Christmases). There’s six mingly faces to choose from here and selecting one will fill and randomize a puzzle for you to solve. This one is obviously more of a challenge, but kept yours-truly occupied for a large portion of his early years. (I was a bit of a jigsaw freak and these puzzles always gave me a greater sense of achievement. Plus, they were easier to slip in a pocket for long car journeys).
Check out the video below for a visual clue as to what the heck I’m talking about. Then pop over to the AppStore to download it…