This local learn-through-play app by Slimkop uses mother tongue entertainment to create early learning opportunities. Slimkop, which is the brainchild of a busy Stellenbosch mom of three, enhances learning through sensory engagement: sight, hearing and touch. There’s no doubt it’s a high quality app, and stands its ground compared to similar international offerings. But for South Africans, the feature that makes this app really special is that it provides educational games in our own languages (Afrikaans and Xhosa, with rumours of a Zulu version being available soon).
As the name suggests, the Afrikaans app deals with shapes and colours. It’s super easy to use, and my four-year-old had it waxed within a matter of minutes. There are six games to choose from, two of which deal with naming shapes and colours. Guided by a cute crocodile mascot, toddlers will love drawing, matching and building shapes. But of all the games (accessed from the same easy-to-navigate home screen), the most popular proved to be the memory card game. Hands down, this game kept my toddler engaged and entertained for nearly a full hour, leaving me with the largest uninterrupted chunk of free time I’d had all day.
Launched in August, Slimkop is already creating a buzz. There are no in-app purchases or advertisements, which makes this app completely safe for little ones to use.