KidsMag from Portegno Apps is a fantastic series of digital 'activity books', including a short but cute storybook in each issue. This issue has the children listening to a bedtime story about Easter. It features a land of bunny 'egg painters' ... a group of helpers not unlike Santa's elves. The main character is just learning his trade and gets lots of inspiration from his siblings before finding his own style.
As a digital offering, this title is solidly made with ample settings to navigate and adjust the app's audio. The story and all activity pages have narration, so even pre-readers can enjoy this app. Illustrations are simple computer graphics but colorful and engaging in a cartoon-like way that children love. With a nice mix of educational and free-play activities, this series is as fun as print activity books and magazines, if not more so.
Readers can page through the book or use the page guide to select specific activities. Beyond the very brief story, you’ll find an exceptional assortment of extras. It has coloring pages, puzzles, sequencing, find the difference, dot-to-dot activities and much more. These titles easily get 5-Stars for extras.
The holiday editions of KidsMag are shorter than the regular issues, however. For longer play time, definitely check out the whole series. Overall, this app is a nice treat for children ages 4-8. Note: The Easter theme in this app is strictly secular, with no religious references whatsoever.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
8 - 12 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: Yes
Age: 4 - 8
In this Easter issue of KidsMag, a rich assortment of activities are available, including interactive play pages, matching games, puzzles, hidden object, sequencing, coloring, extension activities, and even an Easter cookie recipe with detailed visual instructions.
The story for this issue is "Easter Story". Teo & Bianca are having a bedtime story about the Easter bunny. It stars a character named "Kino" who is a little bunny 'egg painter' (similar to Santa's elves). Kino tries to learn from each of his bunny siblings. Brother Muno was very skilled but also a bit boring with his perfectionism. Kino's sisters show him how to make flowers and only use pink, not impressing the little bunny one bit. Kino's last stop is his brother Leonard, a painter of masterpieces but not a very good teacher. Left on his own, Kino decides to listen to his mom's advice, "Trust yourself and the beauty in you." He then paints many unique and beautiful eggs.