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Children are using electronics younger and younger these days. Many children know how to get into a phone by the time they are 18 months old. Technology is a great way for children to learn, and this post reviews a new, interactive, story-book toy for children.
Let me begin by informing my readers that I received this product for free, but had I not liked it, I would not recommend it. You’ll read the good and the bad about this product. I will only promote a product I would use in my own home myself.
With that said, Get Qurious is the name of the product. It is an interactive, story-telling, play kit. My 4 year old gave it 10 out of 10 stars, but I’ll give you a little more in-depth look at this product.
First off, what is Get Qurious?
Order Get Qurious Maker Box off the website, and a small box will arrive on your doorstep. This little box may look pretty simple, but the fun goes on and on with the contents inside. My son was so excited to open the box and get started!
Get Qurious allows children to mix technology and physical game play together to interact with a story. An app is downloaded onto your iPhone or iPad and you just point the app at what is specified on the screen. It’ll scan the content, and begin the activity. I used my iPhone to make it easy for my son to point and shoot. They specify that this product is for an iOS device on the instructions.
The story the person hears is, a childhood favorite, The Three Little Pigs. The contents of the box allows children to use a mask to interact in the story, use cards to hear the story, put reusable stickers in a book to hear a twist to the story, and put a puzzle together to “build” a 3-D version of the Three Little Pigs’ house. I’ll discuss each way to interact a little later in this post.
A cute mascot named, Manu, directs the child around the app and directs the child what to do. The app is easy to use and navigate from activity to activity.
What does a child work on when playing with this app?
The Story Maker helps a child develop imaginative play through the story. It also helps children learn reading skills. While the story is read on the device, it highlights each word so the child can follow along. The simple puzzle allows a child to work on spatial recognition and gives the child the opportunity to see the puzzle in 3-D.
What’s in the box?
- 12 Story Page Cards
- 2 Masks
- 1 Double-Sided Puzzle
- 1 Sticker Book
Everything comes neatly in the box, with the small pieces in little plastic bags. To play with the masks, you’ll have to cut them out and connect the elastic string to each mask. You’ll have to punch out some of the puzzle pieces, otherwise, everything comes ready to play.
You’ll get an information card giving you an easy QR reader code to scan to get the app. Or you can search for, Get Qurious-Maker Box, in the App Store.
The story cards are a fun way for children to hear The Three Little Pigs, while interacting with the story, rather than only turning the pages. Each card has a picture on it and is numbered on the opposite side.
The child opens the story card activity in the app and it brings you to a screen with a small preview of the card that needs to be scanned, and a box for the camera’s view with a green scanner line going up and down. Simply, scan the card needed and the app will start reading the story.
The story that is told is the classic, Three Little Pigs. There’s nothing fancy about it and is very simple for a child to navigate on his/her own.
The mask play allows the child to become either the pig or the wolf in the story. The child puts on the mask and the app scans the face. It will only recognize a face if one of their masks are on. Once the mask is registered in the app, you are provided a line from the story to record yourself saying.
At first, when we tried it, we only scanned the mask and recorded the voice. We didn’t realize you could change the voice speed and sound on the side bar. That feature made this activity much more entertaining for my child. He cracked up hearing the voice change.
You can record any short saying and hear your voice change. A child can pretend they are the wolf saying “I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house down!” or pretend they are the pig saying “Not by the hair of my chinny, chin, chin!”
The sticker book is a reusable book that allows a child to change the story that is told. The story has the same characters as The Three Little Pigs, but the story is different. The book has illustrations and a blank spot to insert a sticker. Each page has a specific outline so you know which stickers you get to choose from.
Once you put the sticker on, you point the camera at the page, it’ll scan, show a check mark once the page and sticker are read, and begin reading the page. If the app doesn’t read a sticker on the page, it’ll give you the options of the stickers available for the page.
While the story cards and masks are easily done with only the child navigating his/her way around, the sticker book could use some direction from an adult to peel the stickers off the sheet, especially if it’s the first time taking the stickers off!
Issues we had with Sticker Book
Some of the stickers were difficult to peel off the sheet, as the sticker would get stuck and wouldn’t peel easily. The back of the sticker would peel with the sticker, so I had to change the spot I was taking the sticker off the sheet, and that usually solved the issue.
Also, after we played the game for the first time. Manu, the little mascot directed us through the app, gave us the option to push the red button to quit or green button to replay, except those buttons didn’t show up on our screen. We hit the home button instead to exit out of the app. I don’t know if we had hit something to make these buttons disappear or if it was a glitch in the app.
The second time going through the book, we tried scanning first page that had a sticker, but it only scanned the page and not the sticker, even though both were there. We had to re-scan so that it would read the sticker. This didn’t cause a big problem, it just didn’t scan things correctly the first time. All the other pages scanned perfectly after that.
At first, I was thinking the puzzle was way too easy and not very exciting looking at the card stock version, but then we opened the app and played with it. It’s not exciting to play in person, but the app is where the real magic happens with the puzzle.
Once you open the puzzle activity on the app, it asks you to scan each puzzle piece individually. It shows a green check mark once it has read the piece. After all the pieces are scanned, it brings you to the 3-D version of the house, where you can view all angles of the house, click on each feature on the house and see it spin, open, close, peek in the windows to see the pigs in bed or doing an activity. Open the door, and the pigs peek out.
It will then inform you to try flipping a piece over and re-scanning the piece to make a new house! I didn’t pay attention to see that there were two sides to the puzzle, so having two choices on each piece, allows for many variations to the house your child can create.
I would highly recommend this product for children who enjoy interacting with physical pieces and the iPad games. This is a fun twist to the story The Three Little Pigs. Unfortunately, for now, The Three Little Pigs is the only story available from Get Qurious. Even with only one set of characters, it is still fun for the child to play and interact with.
I did have some glitches in the app, but overall, it was very easy to use and self-explanatory. I was worried that the scanner feature would be difficult and need to have the picture in an exact position for it to be read, but that was not the case. The scanner read things easily, which keeps a little kid who’s using it, from getting frustrated.
This product is fairly affordable too. If you think about the price of a hardcover book, it is anywhere from $10-$12. At only $19.99 (with free shipping in the US), it makes for an inexpensive way to read and interact with the story.
If you enjoy this product, also check out my complete review of Osmo, a STEM, interactive tech-toy used in school’s all over the United States!