Join Charlie the Monkey and his friends Alice and Ralph as they prepare for a picnic in the jungle!
"Shiny Picnic is a funky learning app for preschool children with very cool graphics [that] bridges the gap between informal learning and formal maths instruction" - Apps In Education
Shiny Picnic is a fun and colourful learning app for children aged 2 - 4 years. Children can listen and read along with the story, and then help Charlie and his friends in three embedded games. As they play, children develop their early mathematics skills through practicing matching, sorting and one-to-one correspondence.
With fun games, engaging characters and familiar objects and themes, Shiny Picnic bridges the gap between informal learning and formal mathematics instruction and prepares children for the development of further numeracy skills.
is the ability to classify and pair like objects. Shiny Picnic helps children to develop this skill by encouraging them to recognise the shared characteristics of already familiar objects, including colour, shape and theme, with increasing complexity as the game progresses.
is a progression from matching, involving sorting matched items into new groups. Shiny Picnic scaffolds the development from matching to sorting and teaches children to group like-objects in sets. Shiny Picnic includes sorting by colour and shape, as well as free-sorting, which encourages the development of problem-solving skills.
is fundamental to the development of numeracy and, in particular, to the concept of quantity. Children need practice with one-to-one correspondence before they can develop meaningful counting skills; without this concept, children are simply rote-learning a number sequence rather than understanding that “two” implies a quantity more than “one”. Shiny Picnic encourages the development of this skill as children share items ‘one-to-one’ among characters.
The games and activities are embedded within a fun and engaging narrative that children can follow as they play. With highlighted text as the story is read aloud, Shiny Picnic assists the development of essential literacy skills. In particular, Shiny Picnic promotes whole word recognition through the use of key sight-words and press-and-recognise text.
FINE MOTOR SKILLS
Shiny Picnic encourages the development of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as children catch, grab, drag and swipe on-screen items.
Privacy is important to us. Outside of the child-proof parental section, our apps:
- Do not have in-app purchases or ads.
- Do not collect personal information.
- Do not integrate with social networks.
- Do not use analytics or other data collection tools.
Minor changes to improve compatibility.
Ratings and Reviews
Good App For Young Children
What I liked most about Jungle Picnic was the fun and fast paced games and the fact that they were related to the story. It is the perfect way to promote literacy skills, matching skills and one to one correspondence in early learners. I thought that the story was enjoyable and easy to follow, which is appropriate for children ages 2-5. I liked that the idea touched upon a variety of concepts, even more than I mentioned to promote learning as well. One of the games that stood out the most was matching the correct fruit items. It was something similar to what I see taught within schools.
I think that the game Jungle Picnic is well created and diverse. I think that it is great that it has a safety method in order to get into the parents section. I truly like this feature, child safety is key in an app. I think that the story is enjoyable for all children, even above that of children ages 2-5. The games are also imaginative, creative and engaging which promotes learning. Overall, I like the app Jungle Picnic.
Nice sorting and matching app
Jungle Picnic has had numerous updates to improve its delivery of content, which I find remarkable from any developer. It means they really care about the content and want the best for their customers. In Shiny Picnic, you can choose from story mode or games mode. Story mode contains all the matching and sorting of food games in the game section, but are played within the relevancy of the content of the story. The narrator has a calm and reassuring voice, that helps kids stay engaged. There are reinforcers after completing a task - earning stickers for your sticker board. Links to "like" this app and to view other apps are discretely placed in the parents section. I use this app with picky eaters as a precursor to playing with food without the sensory overload. Recommended.
Very well done, Good value
We got this when my son was 20mo. I loved the game where you feed the three characters immediately. It is challenging enough at his age that it took a little time to figure out how to play, but he immediately got the interface. He just started exploring the other two games and like them just as much.
There is enough variety in the three games that I think he will be playing this for a while.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.