Designing Learning Apps for Children

Think BIG

Children love huge things and are perpetually attracted to big toys. Taking cue, the visual and interaction designers, while designing apps for kids, make sure that all the elements that are displayed are big enough to attract the attention of the child. We ably interpreted this logic while displaying the alphabets and numbers on the mobile screen. They are big enough for a child to easily recognize.

All interactive elements like buttons should be made extra large. This, the visual and interaction designers must keep in mind.

Make your application forgiving as far as possible

In order to better accommodate the dexterity of small children, applications designed for kids should consider treating press and tap gestures the same as tap gestures. Chances are a kid inadvertently has another finger touching the screen most of the time.

Many touch-based applications for kids don’t forgive errant fingers. So when a child is holding the corner of the screen with one finger and tapping with another, no action is taken. In fact, it’s a good idea to make your application as forgiving as possible if you want it to work well for the toddlers.

Tap, tap all the way

Kids are an enthusiastic lot. If they see something they like, one tap won’t satiate their need. Tap, tap, and tap again is often the norm. But this does not mean that the application should respond back with the same enthusiasm! Many applications designed for kids don’t check to see if an action is in progress before they start another one.. So when a child taps an image that plays a sound and then taps it again, the same sound will play over itself. This may result in garbled sound. If possible, apps should check to see if an action is already in progress rather than running multiple instances of the action at the same time.

Delight their curiosity in fun ways

The app should have an element of discovery and guide them ably to discover hidden areas. This not only stimulates the mental capabilities of the child, but also propels him/her towards self discovery and learning. Our interaction designers took care of this by displaying arrows to propel the user towards correct tracing of alphabet.

Keep up their self esteem

Kids love to be praised and rewarded. At every step, they should be made to feel that they are doing well. A clap, a word of appreciation or even some smileys, stars will make the child feel that they have done something worthwhile which will not only make them happy but go a long way in building their confidence. Interaction Designers need to take care of this.

My name is Don Ovan and I’m an internet marketing expert.  I have been sharing articles on  Interaction Designers time to time.




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