The Witch and the Christmas Spirit App Review
Price: Free In-App Purchases
Something terrible has happened to Peepo and the elves in Christmasland. Instead of preparing for Halloween, the witch has to head to Christmasland to save Christmas. This delightful animated story combines fun characters, music, and games to create a magical holiday learning experience for kids.
- Interactive story
- Educational games
- Fun characters
- Three languages: English, French, German
- Feature 4
Kids will find that the app is well-organized and easy to navigate. Once in the story, they’ll find a page navigation bar on the side, as well as arrows to allow them to turn the individual pages. As kids are reading through and interacting with the story, dots appear to tell them where to tap, making it easy to figure out what is going on. The story itself features clear narration and different voices for each character. Those voices, along with the sound effects and animations, help make the story enjoyable.
While the story does not feature text highlighting, it does offer other elements to help kids understand the text. Each character’s dialogue is displayed in a different color. Dialogue is also set off from the regular text with a small icon. Throughout the app, kids also get to participate in different learning activities. For example, in one of the first scenes, they must use their number recognition skills to build a snowman. The story also includes an alphabet game and multiple activities designed to help kids use their fine and gross motor skills.
The premise of the story – a witch who has to leave her Halloween preparations to save Christmas – is an amusing one. While kids will enjoy all of the games and other interactive elements of the story, they’ll also find that the story itself is very entertaining. The entertainment factor is increased by the fun character voices and sound effects within the app. As kids read through the story and complete activities, they also get the chance to unlock a few surprises.
Kids can download the app and read the first part of the story for free, but access to the entire story must be purchased within the app. The price of the entire story is comparable to other animated ebooks and includes a set of educational games and other fun surprises for kids. If kids are interested in the first part of the story, it’s worth a download to keep reading on.
The app does contain an in-app purchase. It also displays a “More Apps” button on the main screen and a “Rate Us” button in the credits. However, all of this content is protected by parental locks.
- NO external links
- NO social media
- NO 3rd party ads
- YES “more apps” (protected, but visible)
- YES “in-app purchase” (protected, but visible)
- YES “rate us” (protected, but visible)