Sunday, October 7, 2012

Oy Mexico - A Día de los Muertos App

I am so thrilled to be kicking off Día de los Muertos Week today on MommyMaestra! And what's more, I'm excited that I get to start off with such a great product.

Oy Mexico is a FREE app centered around Day of the Dead and is without a doubt, MommyMaestra's favorite. My kids really love this app, too.

Developed by Oh Ahoy, this clever app is so creative and perfect for everyone! The brief introduction is written in English, but the interactive part of the app is pretty much wordless/language neutral making it accessible to anyone. Instead it is mostly a sweet combination of soft, melodic sounds. Parents can use this app even as a bedtime activity, reading the introduction to their child, then exploring the app together, talking about the various images and events in each scene.

The app is a short story that focuses on a young boy who is remembering his abuelo on Día de los Muertos. In the story, your child will be delighted to find numerous ways to interact with each scene, providing plenty of fun learning opportunities. My kids quickly figured out how to move the characters and produce surprising reactions at the touch of their fingertips.

The colorful, earthy illustrations are the work of Wilmer Murillo, who captures the essence of Día de los Muertos perfectly. The images are fun, friendly, and engaging.
I think their video shows this app best, so take a peek...(The video says the app is $.99, but I downloaded it for free months ago and it seems to still be free of charge. Don't know how long this will last, so you may want to hurry!)

Oy Ahoy is a Danish/Swedish design and development studio whose goal is to create age appropriate digital media that teaches and celebrates world cultures. Oy Ahoy also have another app free to download named Oy China. It looks to be equally fabulous and I'm looking forward to sharing it with my children as well.


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