Play Testing Tip #1: Watch and listen.
When you hand over your game to a child, your first instinct may be to explain to him or her how to play. But simply watching and listening allows you to see if your game is intuitive enough for the child to pick up on their own and, even more importantly, to learn the expectations of these young technology users and capture the thought process and solutions of each child. In this way, you’ll learn more from the child, and that’s true kid testing.
We’ve spent the past year scouring the market for the best educational apps for preschoolers. We even took these apps into our preschool partner sites to test with kids. Our conclusion? Working hand-in-hand with preschool children and preschool teachers (in addition to child development and early learning experts) makes all the difference in the effectiveness of the app — both in terms of learning and fun.
That’s what the Next Generation Preschool Math project is all about. But don’t just take it from us – we asked Little Sprouts what they thought, and their responses warmed our app-building, educational-technology-loving hearts.