By Eric Jerman
Reviewed by: Eric Jerman, COMS
Where to Buy: Find Peek-a-Bouncer at the iTunes Store (as part of a compilation)
Devices: Compatible with iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Operating System: Requires iOS 4.3 or later
Categories: Cause & Effect
Description of Peek-a-Bouncer
In a nutshell: Touch and hold your finger on the screen to open a green curtain to reveal silly faces and hear them say goofy things! Release your finger from the screen and the green curtain closes. Touch and hold your finger on the screen again and the green curtain opens to reveal a different silly face and hear it say other goofy things! Etc.
In detail: Peek-a-Bouncer is a simple cause & effect app where the user of the app touches-and-holds the screen (cause) and gets to enjoy the silly faces and funny things they say (effect). As long as your child keeps their finger(s) on the screen the silly animal remains on the screen.
This is one of those apps that is entertaining while at the same time it teaches your child one of the fundamental skills of iPad use. Peek-a-Bouncer teaches your child to touch the screen with a finger and hold it down for a period of time. If the screen is simply tapped and then released then the green curtain closes up before revealing the silly face behind it.
Kids who spend any time with an iPad generally pick up these basic skills, among them being the single tap, the double tap, touch-and-hold, the finger swipe, etc. People with limited experience using touch screens might take additional time and training to get the ins and outs of these kinds of gestures. This app effectively teaches children the important skill of touch-and-hold.
Why it’s good for visually impaired children
The appealing thing about this cause & effect app is that it is so simple in design and it works very well for children with visual disabilities and/ or cognitive disabilities. The silly animals that appear behind the curtain, are mild-mannered, slow moving, slow talking and drawn simply which makes them more accessible for children who have vision impairments.
This app can be enjoyed by children who are blind as they can hear the funny things the animal say when the curtain is opened with a touch-and-hold.