Wednesday, 15 August 2012

iMake Lollipops

Overall : A fantastic app from Cubic Frog Apps for the young budding chef in any house. If you like creative apps that let your child's imagination run free then this is a must buy. It is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 4.1 or later.

Like many other iOS users my devices are over flowing with baking and cooking  apps. Yet when I was asked to review iMake Lollipops I knew instantly that it would be a big hit with my own children. It brought out the big child in me as well.

At the beginning the user is given the option to choose either a round or a swirl lollipop. I chose the swirl one and was presented with the choice of 16 different types of swirls.  From here you go on to choose one of 21different coloured lollipop sticks . Next we are presented with a variety of options in which to decorate the lollipop, from different coatings, various candies, letters and other fun decorations.  The end product can be quite an interesting sight.

Having completed the swirl lollipop I decided to try the round one as well. Here we encounter a more detailed experience. The user is asked to add the ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix them all up. You are given a choice of  15 different flavours to choose from including cherry, banana and watermelon. Next you have to place the mix into moulds and bake them. A timer is used for baking which is a great asset for children with special needs who need visual timers to understand waiting times. The user is then able to decorate the lollipop using a variety of toppings including eyes, lips and even spiders.

Once the user has completed the lollipop they can 'eat' it. If your child is like mine and likes to  repeatedly do the same task over and over, then there is a refresh button at the top right hand corner of the page where they can keep recycling he same image over and over again. The developer has also included the option of emailing, and facebooking the completed image or taking a photo for your camera roll.

iMake Lollipops is a perfect addition to any iTunes library. As a resource for special needs it is one that will encourage imagination, creativity and fine motor. Any child who loves to bake or decorate will have hours of fun with this app.

If you would like to buy the app now please click on this link iTunes . It is currently priced at $1.99 in the US iTunes store.

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