This is a sponsored post brought to you by Sprite Kids. The opinions are 100% my own and based on my experience with the product.
If your kiddos are anything like mine, they are better at using your gadgets and catching on to technology than you are…mine certainly are quicker than me in many cases! So of course they want to use the smartphones and tablets just like Mom and Dad. I know hubby and I both have several apps on each of our devices that are there just for the kids when they want to play for a bit or for those occasions when we need to occupy them for a few minutes while we take care of something. That’s why when I was given the opportunity to check out the Talking Anya app by Sprite Labs, I was curious and excited to see what my daughter would think.
A little about the app itself; Anya is a 3D little girl can play dress up and various games with. She giggles when you tickle her and has some adorable responses to user interactions. Not only can her clothes be changed, but so can her hairstyle and you can even tailor outfits to various seasons or holidays! Anya can also be dressed like a fairy or princess (which was one of my daughter’s favorites).
Anya has five cute pet puppies who can:
- Dance, Spin
- Sit, Stand, Shake Hands
- Fetch & Crawl
Anya is an energetic and emotional little girl who:
- Twirls the Hula Hoop
- Blows Bubbles for your to pop (my toddler LOVED doing this!!)
- Dances & Sings
- Plays the Maracas
- Makes Funny Faces
- Loves You
- Dresses Up
- Is Very Ticklish
The basic app download is free with additional in-app purchases available. The additional purchases are all behind the “parent gate” though so you can feel confident that younger children will be prevented from making these purchases without authorization. The current cost to unlock all additional items including puppies and outfits is only $6.99.
Free vs. Paid
In the free version your child can interact with Anya by touching her face, hair, tummy, and feet to get her to react. Anya can also choose from a few different dresses, and a set of sunglasses. (There are many more, puppies, outfits and accessories available in the fully unlocked version as well as the ability to change hair and eye color, which you cannot do in the free version.)
In addition to dress up and games, Anya has the ability to talk to your child. If you connect to the microphone she will repeat things back to your kiddo and I can see where this would be great for younger kids in getting them to attempt more words or new words during play. The app also offers the option of taking pictures of Anya using your iPhone, iPod, or iPad camera. Now I don’t know exactly how much I will use this particular feature, but I can see that it would be fun for my daughter to take the photos of Anya in the different outfits and hairstyles that she has put her in.
Overall, this is a super cute app for young girls and even offers some learning potential. I’m generally not a fan of paying for an app or of in-app purchases (if you take a look at my phone there are very few paid apps on there). I have to say that the free version of Talking Anya Dress Up & Pet Puppies is definitely worth the download, and at $6.99 for a complete unlock, even the paid version is probably worth it in the hours of enjoyment your daughter(s) will get from playing with it.
Talking Anya & her pet puppies by Sprite Labs is a Universal App for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad that is available for download on the iTunes App Store. Sprite labs blends technology and art to create memorable experiences for families. Click here to go directly to the store for download. You can also follow Talking Anya on Facebook.
Erinn S saysFebruary 20, 2014 at 11:17 am
My son plays with Anya! He loves recording himself and listening to her replay it!
Alison saysFebruary 20, 2014 at 11:34 am
That’s awesome and a super cool feature! I didn’t really think of letting my son try it out because he’s a “tween” and much too cool for that, but my daughter sure did love it!
Libby's Library saysFebruary 20, 2014 at 6:33 pm
My grand daughter loves this app, and I’ve caught her mother playing it too!
Alison saysFebruary 20, 2014 at 6:43 pm
lol – I’ll have to admit, I play with it myself, you know when I’m opening it up for my daughter 🙂
Lisa Trudell saysFebruary 20, 2014 at 11:47 pm
I might have to have my 10 year old niece check this out. She is forever asking for our devices when with us. It kind of drives me crazy, but I’d be curious to check this out.
My Kids Guide saysFebruary 21, 2014 at 7:09 am
This app looks so incredibly cute!