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The Dream – Prep Kids to be Global Citizens through Story and Play
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 April 2012 02:00 Written by iUseMac Wednesday, 11 April 2012 02:00
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Swipea, a Gamebit Labs brand that specializes in education kids app has recently released The Dream, a free iOS app that is the first in its World Explorer series. Designed by parents with children in mind, the World Explorer series will encompass several titles that will allow children to discover different world cultures through story and play on their iOS devices. Available on the App Store for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, The Dream lets kids discover the Arabic world through a story on perseverance, 8 educational mini-games and over 60 fun facts in an interactive app for kids.
Offering children and parents an engaging moral story for casual, bedtime and homeschool reading, The Dream tells the tale of Ahmad, a poor and honest good-hearted, hardworking man from Baghdad who journeys far away from home and family in order to seek his fortune due to a dream he had. The tale also shows the hardships and constancy that lead him to eventually achieve his goals.
Throughout this educational iOS app for kids, children are taught the values of patience, persistence and much more, all beautifully portrayed by gorgeous animated artwork and enhanced by realistic sound effects that take the young reader from the Sahara desert to the markets in Cairo, letting them explore the Arabic World and its culture at their own pace.
In order to make the experience for both children and parents with The Dream even better, Swipea has performed extensive research and has packed the kids app with 8 different educational mini-games, where they will learn over more than 60 fun facts about Arabic historical places, music & instruments, costumes, food ingredients & cuisines and more. Additionally, the premium version of the kids’ app, The Dream – World Explorer Edition comes with free lifetime content update.
“Overall, I found The Dream to be a very good kids’ storybook not only for providing a good message, but for also providing a great deal of interesting information and tidbits about the Arab culture presented in a variety of ways (story, facts, and games) making for an engaging learning experience and a better understanding of our cultural differences,” said Mike from CrazyMikesApps.com in a recent video app review.
One very relevant aspect of Swipea’s vision for both The Dream and its future apps for kids is the importance of bridging the perennial gap between apps and the real world. In order to do this, Swipea offers both children and anyone who enjoys The Dream, the opportunity to access a series of free DIY paper crafts from its Facebook Timeline fan page. These educational premiums include:
* Race To Cairo – A four player board game inspired by Ahmad’s travel to Cairo
* The Dream Bookmarks – A set of threes printable bookmarks with personal creative spaces
* The Dream Pop-up Scenes – A set of six paper crafts to inspire children story-telling skills
With these, children will be able to bring the world of The Dream to life in a way that is not only fun and educational, but that also helps them develop their manual and social skills, since these types of paper crafts are ideal to enjoy with friends and family.
The importance of this aspect of Swipea’s educational apps for kids is clearly summarized by the creator, Benjamin Chong, “I personally believe in the tremendous value of holistic education for kids and how it will shape them to be active global citizens in the future. Companies should attempt to bridge the electronic and real world together with their apps, this is what we are trying to do.”
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 56.8 MB
Pricing and Availability:
The Dream 1.8 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.
Currently based in Malaysia, Gamebit Labs is a new technology startup founded in Q4, 2011. The company’s mission is to develop children activity books, ebook apps and casual games for mobile devices to help kids learn in a fun and more effective way. Benjamin Chong who has been in the online gaming industry for the past 7 years is the founder and CEO of Gamebit Labs. Copyright (C) 2012 Gamebit Labs. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.