Boomgate Gang is presented to us by Encompass Interactive The endearing educational app was created by a Father for his Son 🙂 You will see their photo below.
Kids with early learning challenges will love it! The very friendly train characters just love to teach and travel in the beautiful Aussie lands. This is an excellent app for toddlers and preschoolers. Teachers would do well to have this in their bag of tools. It is perfect for group time or as a reward during a special break.
Kids will be learning the ABCs, numbers, colors and shapes, really having fun the whole while. Check out the videos below for a great example of the vivid graphics and value of this app.
Meet William The Freight Train!
Help Luca with Colors!
Caitlin Loves Letters!
Do a Puzzle With Logan!
This app is a great addition to your kid’s toolbox for life!
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Meet The Developer!
What was the initial inspiration for your app?
A couple of years ago my son William was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. He was obsessed with his iPad and trains at the time, and we found it difficult to get him interested in physical books that could help him learn his letters, sounds and numbers. The other educational apps on the market at the time, did not hold his interest, as there were no trains! I know most kids love an iphone or iPad, but as William found social interaction difficult, it seemed particularly important to him. My friend James had made a couple of apps as a part of his business Sharp Interactive. We talked about how great it would be if we could design an app with kids like William in mind. It snowballed from there, with input from family, friends, his speech therapist, occupational therapist and the disability ELC school our son attends. We don’t have any formal qualifications in disability studies, we only have our own experiences so we have made an app that we felt that all kids would love, particularly our friends children without a disability also love it. With all of the assistance we have had over the last couple of years, William is doing great. To me this makes this all the more special – I will always connect the growth of Boomgate Gang, with our sons growth.
What is your favorite aspect of your app?
My favorite part of the app are the characters themselves. Each of the trains are named after our own children and we have modeled each a little bit on their personalities. We have really tried to make them as engaging as we can. We are hoping that kids want to play with the gang.
I also love the station screens for each character. As a task is finished, it allows kids to play with the background items on the screen. If you press a bird it might fly off a screen. If you press the bridge you might hear cars honking their horn. And of course, everyone loves Australian scenery!
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Firstly, thanks to everyone that has supported Boomgate Gang so far. We are so grateful for it all. Special thanks to our partner in this project Encompass Community Services and their CEO Elaine Robb. Encompass are a not-for-profit charity based out of Geelong, Australia. They will use profits from the app to help people with special needs in our community.
We have tried to design the sort of app that we would want our children to play with. We wanted the focus of the app to be educational but to have enough fun elements that kids will remain engaged. We have tried to include as many elements as we can. There is a “station” screen that gets the child to select correct item and put into their carriage. There is a puzzle screen that teaches while the kids put together a puzzle of their favorite train. There is story book that is there to get the kids more interested in the characters. And there is a music screen where each train dances along the track listening to their own song.
We hope everyone has as much fun playing this as we have designing it.
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