Azawhistle Kids’ Tejas and Lollipop’s Great Cleanup is an iPad-only digital book app for children, offering readers a blend of sound advice and entertainment. The story promotes cleaning up and advocates using meditation and yoga to relax. The story, which is designed for ages 3 and up, stars a little boy named Tejas and his dog Lollipop. As a bonus, it is set with an aesthetically pleasing backdrop of hip, mid-century modern décor.
When we first meet Tejas, he is feeling bored, while Lollipop, in contrast, is meditating, referred to in the app’s lexicon as “mashpotatoeing.” Tejas joins in the mashpotatoeing, which clears his mind. No longer bored, he comes up with something to do: he decides to clean his room. Cleaning Tejas’ room is easier said than done because, honestly, it’s a real mess. The reader will enjoy tapping the wide variety of objects (even a rubber chicken!) in Tejas’s room as the clean up begins. The name of each item is spoken aloud when tapped, and also appears in written form on the screen, which teaches object recognition and helps the reader become more familiar with the items.
The reader might identify with Tejas as he begins to feel overwhelmed by the great mess in his room. It’s Lollipop to the rescue again, but this time she uses yoga to help Tejas regain his focus. “Cleaning your room is easy,” she said. “Just remember everything has a home.” Tejas joins Lollipop in warrior pose, and he now feels reenergized. The story asks the reader to help Tejas find a home for his things, and then the reader gets to put Tejas’ things away. Try to put the rubber chicken on the bed and the narrator says, “uh uh.” Put it in the toy box and the narrator responds, “super tidy.” Once his room was clean Tejas shows it to his mom, who feels surprised and proud.
Tejas and Lollipop’s Great Cleanup includes no adverts or social media integration. However, parental controls are largely absent. The reader can share the app via email or read the parents’ section simply by tapping the appropriate area. At the end the reader is asked to rate the app, and if tapped, the child will be taken to the app store. We would like to see these links child proofed. The user may toggle the sound off at the beginning of the app, or by tapping the image of Lollipop at the bottom of the screen, but note, this will silence the narration, music, and sound effects.
In summary, Tejas and Lollipop’s Great Cleanup encourages children to take charge of their bodies using mediation and yoga, while they also take responsibility for putting away their stuff.
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This review was originally published by TheiMums.com on May 20, 2013. The iMums – Amanda, Alison, Mary and Grace – are four mothers from different parts of the world dedicated to educating parents about the best digital stories, educational apps, fun games and technology products available for their children. Founded in August 2011, the four iMums have 11 kids among them ranging in age from 1 to 17 and bring a global perspective to their app reviews.
The original iMum Amanda being from Australia, Alison is in America, Grace is from Singapore and Mary is from the UK but is currently living in America. At less than a year old, the Australian-based blog already boasts hundreds of reviews on family friendly iOS and MacOS apps and products.
Guest writer, Emily Becker, is a US-based freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. Follow her on Twitter: @whatwentwrite. She also writes for PadGadget at http://www.padgadget.com/author/emily/
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8 - 10 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
“Go clean your room,” is hardly a positive command…that is until Azawhistle’s kid-friendly cleaning warriors jump into downward facing dog. Using yoga for kids and calming meditation, Tejas and Lollipop inspire kids to tidy and clean up. Not based upon a movie or fairy tale, this highly original story teaches life-skills.
Overwhelmed by the mega-mess in his room, Tejas worries about how he will clean up and surprise his mom. His trusted best friend, super organizer and mega-mess consultant Lollipop, shows him how to unclutter his environment and the ways of the big kid (adult) world.
All by themselves, kids learn to enjoy putting away toys, clothes and sports gear on a game page. Lollipop is our story’s Guru, or Girl-Ru, who mostly “mashpotatoes”* during the day until she goes to task, helping Tejas use his time productively and creatively. Together, they don’t stop until the last shoe's in the closet.
Everything Has A Home: Tejas and Lollipop's Great Clean Up! is a rich story app that helps kids follow through with their own creative ideas and translates how a clean room makes the big kids (that’s you parents!) feel happy.
*doggy term for meditates