Bugs and Buttons

Bugs and Buttons Home ScreenToday we’ve had a great day doing activities based on the theme of Bugs and Buttons. This app, by Little Bit Studio, is one of our favourite activity apps. I was excited to hear that the follow-up, Bugs and Bubbles, has just been released. It’s gone right to the top of my wish-list.

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Bugs and Buttons minigameBugs and Buttons is fantastic value for money; the graphics and music are some of the best of any children’s app I have seen. I would love to know how they came up with the combination of bugs and buttons, but for some reason they just work together. The bugs are very realistic and some more sensitive children (or adults!) might be a little squeamish at the sight of the spiders or cockroaches scuttling across the screen. But, for most children, they will not be frightening and might even help to take the fear factor out of creepy crawlies.

Bugs and Buttons MazeThere are eighteen mini-games including sorting, counting, path-finding, pattern making, dot to dot, colours, strategy (noughts and crosses/tic tac toe) and more. The games are very easy to learn and become progressively harder, or easier, according to your child’s progress. This makes them very nicely paced. High scores and fastest times are automatically saved, although it would be nice to have a multi-player option to save different children’s scores.

Overall, the sheer variety and fun of the different games, as well as the way it adapts to your child’s progress, makes this a brilliant download for children around age 2 to 6.

Bugs and Buttons, developed by Little Bit Studio, compatible with iPhone and iPad. Available from http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bugs-and-buttons/id446031868?mt=8 priced at £1.99/$2.99 at time of writing.

This blog post is the first in a series as part of Cafe Bebe Savour Our Summer. I’ll be taking some of our favourite apps and using them as inspiration for fun-filled summer days. Sources for activities: Biscuits inspired by a now-lost tweet and pictures on red-brolly.com. Coat pictures from supercoloring.com. Matching game from kidspuzzlesandgames.co.uk. Cucumber caterpillar idea from nurturestore.co.uk.