I remember reading The Famous Five as a child. I used to love reading books before bed time. Something I have failed to do though is turn my kids into book worms. Kaitlin doesn’t mind reading but prefers her IPad and Jack hates reading but we have recently found out that he has some learning challenges that make reading harder for him. The Famous Five is a book series written by Enid Blyton and is great for kids who like adventures.
If you have never herd of The Famous Five it’s a series of books (21 to be exact) which features the adventures of Julian, Dick, Anne and Georgina (George) – and George’s dog Timmy. The stories take place in the children’s school holidays after they have returned from their respective boarding schools. Each time they meet they get caught up in an adventure, often involving criminals or lost treasure. In some books the children go camping in the countryside, on a hike or holiday together elsewhere. The settings, however, are almost always rural and enable the children to discover the simple joys of cottages, islands, the English and Welsh countryside and sea shores, as well as an outdoor life of picnics, lemonade, bicycle trips and swimming.
Kuato Games have just devised a new game for your Android or Apple devices priced at £2.99. The Famous Five game has various game modes you can play a quick game or normal game. It also has a Dyslexia Font which having just been told Jack has Dyslexia was a nice surprise to see that he is catered for with this game. There is a parents section in which you can selct colour overlays to help with reading and also limit game time. Certainly a feature we need in our house.
Kuato Games Description
Play as Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the Dog as they attempt to solve mysteries. Visit familiar locations from the original books and take part in fun mini-games and activities. Encounter friendly and not-so-friendly characters and use your reading and problem-solving skills to discover who’s telling the truth and who’s got something to hide! Once you’ve solved the mystery, read back the story of your adventures in a beautiful storybook.
IN THE FAMOUS FIVE, YOU WILL:
• Play as each of the Famous Five and explore the beautiful 3D world of Kirrin, including famous locations from the books.
• Encounter Aunt Fanny and Uncle Quentin, along with other well-known characters, both friend and foe.
• Reveal a mystery that only the Famous Five can help to solve!
• Search for clues by playing a series of exciting mini-games designed to test memory, problem-solving and logic skills.
• Speak to characters using a unique mood wheel, choosing the right way to ask questions in order to charm people into telling you what they know.
• Find possible culprits and use your reaction skills to spot if they have anything to hide.
• Find secret passages that will let you take short-cuts, and perhaps contain other rewards as well.
• Play as Timmy, always on the hunt for a clue – or a bone!
• Use all the clues and evidence collected to solve the mystery, just in time for tea!
Myself and Jack played several games together but he is now able to play on his own. He loves stuff like this and likes the adventures and game play. He is a bit of gamer well to much of a gamer if we let him. This is a game he can play whilst we are out and about which stops him from chasing the twins around causing mayhem. I like that there are no pop ups and adverts you can just focus on the game itself.
Having recently been told he has dyslexia it was nice to see that there was a change in font at the click of a button. This was great and has allowed Jack to be able to read rather than just click and play. We have found over the years with games that he doesn’t read the instructions or story lines but just works it out. This game came at a perfect time for us to allow us to push his reading skills whilst still having fun. Both his school teachers and tutor have said its doesn’t matter what he reads as long as he read everyday. This has taken the battle to get him reading away for us because its fun as well as learning.
Now Jack has played the game for a week he is also keen to try to read the books. He likes adventure things like this and is keen to read the stories like I did as a child. We have books 1 and 2 to start with and will see how he gets on.