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Elfishki and the Giant Cake an Educational Interactive iPad Book for Kids



       Two of my favorite little girls were given an opportunity to try out an Elfishki and The Giant Cake educational interactive iPad app. Here is their short summary of Elfishki and The Giant Cake: Elfizz was an owner of a gloomy restaurant named Chest of Ghosts where the staff was eager to please ghosts. On the opposite side of the square was a bakery, Gingerbread Nook, run by a pretty plump Elfishki lady called Maggie. The two were at odds with each other until one day they had to work side by side... 

       Elfishki and The Giant Cake is part of a series of stories about magical little people called Elfishki. Although the Elfishkis had differences in opinions and ideas, there are no "bad" characters in any of the stories. Throughout the interactive story questions are asked to help children analyze the text, use their imagination, and make predictions about the story. Your child can read the story themselves or listen along with the text in either English or Russian. Elfishki and The Giant Cake contains bright colorful images, animations, and a game. The Decorate the Cake game allows children to create and save their own cake creations which can be decorated with either sweet candy treats or bats and sea creatures. The main goal of the Elfishki series is to teach children ages 5-9 conscious reading skills. 

       Ashley (4 years old)  and Emily (7 year old) were very excited to use this iPad app. They navigated through the story with ease while listened to the narrated story.  Although Ashley had a hard time following the story, it claimed Emily's full attention. I believe it is due to the differences in age and reading levels. Both girls loved the Decorate the Cake game and spent a long time creating cakes.

       As a parent, I appreciate the focus on teaching children conscious reading skills, arts, music, and a creative approach to life in general. This iPad app could also be used in a school / home school setting for both boys and girls. The Elfishki and The Giant Cake educational interactive iPad app is beautifully written and makes reading with your child even more special and educational. I recommend this app for children ages 5-9 years old but younger children can still enjoy the Decorate the Cake game.  


Here is the list of Elfishki Series:
·         Elfishki and the Giant Cake
·         Elfishki and the Unwelcome Guest
·         Elfishki and the Performance in the Fountain
·         Elfishki and Enchanted Water
·         Elfishki and a Strange Parcel
·         Elfishki and the Sea Carnival 

They have also recently released Free iPhone versions of their iPad application - for both the Giant Cake and Unwelcome Guest. The Free iPhone versions include the story, art and voice-overs in multiple languages.

Giant Cake:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/free-elfishki-giant-cake/id521724526?mt=8

Unwelcome Guest:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/free-elfishki-unwelcome-guest/id521729574?mt=8

Coming Soon:
Check out this video for the upcoming iPad storybook, Elfishki and The Performance in the Fountain. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASmZwwLvP_4

Let me know what you think of the Elfishki series and if you downloaded the free iPhone app. 
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6 comments:

  1. We love educational iPad apps here in our home too. Thanks for sharing about this one. I had not heard of it before. I will have to check it out.

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  2. Hello Friends.........

    Great information.Thanks for sharing this useful information with all of us.Keep sharing more in the future.

    Have a nice time ahead.

    Thanks
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  3. look like fun, thank you for sharing!

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  4. I think my son would enjoy this. He would be learning and entertained at the same time.

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  5. Excellent review! Thanks for all the information. I love finding wonderful iPad apps, that are age appropriate AND what they claim to be!

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  6. The Elfishki Series looks adorable! I am sure my daughter will love it!

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