Peppa Pig DVDs, Peppa Pig toys and Peppa Pig plush pals haven't made it clear, around here Peppa Pig is quite the celebrity.
My kids have been excited about this charming series since the first time they were introduced to it and the excitement and giggling hasn't lessened. Designed for preschool-aged children and airing on Nick Jr, Peppa Pig stars Peppa, a loveable, energetic little piggy, along with her family – her little brother, George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig – as they play games, go to school, take family trips and, best of all, jump in muddy puddles.
So, considering how much my kids have enjoyed watching the show, playing with the playsets, reading the book, and more, I knew right away that they would be thrilled to know that Peppa has now leapt off of the television screen and into a new mobile world with the launch of the new Happy Mrs. Chicken app.
Filled with the show's familiar music, accents and sound effects, Happy Mrs. Chicken is an interactive app filled with fun and games that are designed to delight children everywhere by making them a part of the Peppa Pig action.
As soon as my girls saw Peppa's avatar on the iPad, they were beyond eager to begin exploring and playing. While I assumed that they wouldn't need too much help, I was pleased to realize that between the colorful, simple design, the straightforward instructions from the narrator and the intuitive, child-friendly style, my kids were able to play independently right from the start.
Including a variety of games and a bonus virtual sticker book (which gets filled with stickers as you complete more and more games), Happy Mrs. Chicken options are:
Happy Mrs. Chicken: Directly inspired by a game that Peppa plays on Mummy Pig's computer on the show, Happy Mrs. Chicken involves helping Mrs. Chicken lay eggs right on the screen. The eggs then hatch and users get to see the baby chicks scurry off either side of the screen.
Chicken Coop: This game includes various modes, allowing children to race against the clock or play in a more relaxed manner, as well as choosing between one color chicks or increasing the difficulty with two colors. The premise of the game involves sending the chicks into their coordinating color chicken coop before the time runs out or the chicks walk off of the screen.
Seed and Maze: This maze-style game has six levels of difficultly, in which the player drops a trail of seeds to guide the chicks home without getting lost.
Muddy Puddles: Giving kids the option of playing as Peppa or as her little brother George, Muddy Puddles is a head-to-head competition against an animal friend to see who can jump in the most muddy puddles!
Jigsaw Puzzles: Players choose between four jigsaw puzzle designs, as well as selecting if the puzzle will include six, nine, or 12 pieces.
Sticker Book: Using the virtual stickers collected from playing the games, users can choose between a variety of colorful backgrounds from Peppa's life to decorate with any number of characters and items.
We have had Happy Mrs. Chicken around our house for a few weeks now and both girls love it. They giggle at the sound effects, cheer when they've completed a puzzle or earned another sticker, and get excited over each and every chick making it to its coop or through a maze.
At the same time, I love knowing that their entertainment is also providing creative, critical and cognitive thinking, hand-eye coordination, practice in counting as well as colors and much more. I'm always a big fan of combining education with play, and having the ability to include my girls' beloved pig pals as well has made this a hit for everyone!
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (iOS 3.0 or later), Happy Mrs. Chicken retails for $2.99 and can be downloaded in minutes from iTunes. Not an Apple user? No worries, there is also an Android version available on Amazon also for $2.99.
You can also find out more about this great show at PeppaPig.com and the variety of fun and games available to accompany it at PlayWithPeppa.com.
I was provided with a complimentary download of Happy Mrs. Chicken in order to facilitate this review as well as various gifts to thank me for my time. However, as usual, all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.