It goes without saying that Sebby loves letters, numbers and his iPad. Quincy is falling right in his footsteps. Cypher Kids Club has these amazing learning cards that interact with with your compatible iPod, iPhone or iPad. The cards, which can be purchased from the Apple Store for $29.99 with free shipping or at Target (in store) interact with an app that you download for free from iTunes.
There are three different sets of cards available from Cypher Entertainment: the alphabet, letters or animals. We’ve been checking out the alphabet and numbers sets.
How do the Learning Cards work?
You will need to download the app from the iTunes store (Free)
The QR code to scan and download the apps are also on the boxes.
You must use a compatible Apple device: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Using something called Augmented Reality, the camera on your Apple device interacts with the special 3D Marker on your cards. Once you’ve gotten your camera lined up with your card, you’ll learn fun facts, hear silly songs and see fun characters!
The i3D Interactive Cards by Cypher Kids would make a great stocking stuffer for children ages 3 and up – but I personally think Quincy, my 2 1/2 year old doesn’t seem to notice the age “restrictions” on the learning cards! One of the challenges for us was first figuring out the best viewing angle with the cards and our iPad, we do have the app installed on our phones as well, but thought the viewing would be better on a larger screen. The other challenge? Sebby loves flash cards, so he kept walking away with them when we wer checking out the 3d action. Not cool Sebby not cool. The final challenge is he’s been sick all week, so he wasn’t as attentive as he normally is. Unless he was running off with the cards.
Here’s my husband and the kiddos in action with the letter “Ff” from the Alphabet set.
I loved that at the end of learning about the letter sounds, an animal or object corresponding with that letter appeared on the screen. That was really too cool! And, if you tilted your device, you could look at it with different angles!
I’m excited to keep using the Cypher Kids learning cards with our kids. With Sebby’s Autism diagnosis, we’re always looking for fun ways to help him learn and communicate. We do find it challenging that he wants to look at the cards while we are playing with the iPad, and giving him other cards doesn’t help. Also, he kept wanting to interact with the screen and I think it frustrated him that it didn’t as much as he might like. We’ll keep playing with them though – because I know they’re a big hit! Next up – numbers!
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