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Peekabook is an educational toy that combines beautiful illustrations with new technologies to tell a story in a fun interactive way! It’s kind of like a lift-the-flap book on your iPad screen! The explorer ring magically brings the stories and illustrations to life.
My kids and I were recently gifted a Peekabook explorer ring and 10 books on the app. I had never heard of Peekabook when the team initially reached out, but once I learned about it I couldn’t wait to try it out with my kids.
Inside the box is an explorer ring and silicone holder with strap (you can select from 3 different colors). It requires you have an iPad, and you will have to download the app. We were gifted a code that allowed us to download all 10 books, normally the starter kit comes with 3 books, and the additional 7 books would be purchased separately within the app.
The explorer ring is placed on your iPad screen to act as a magnifying glass as you explore stories. I thought this was a really cool new way to learn on the iPad that is great at home, but would also be easy to take along in the car or on trips.
What’s really cool is you can use the physical explorer ring or a virtual ring that is moved by touching the iPad screen. My kids loved the physical explorer ring – sometimes holding something physical brings the experience more to life – it was like a magnifying glass over the story. But I love how the virtual ring means you can play this anytime, anywhere, as long as you have an iPad.
The 10 books we have are: Peek Inside Your Body (the most popular Peekabook), Little Red Riding Hood, Creature Comforts, Journey to the Ocean: Life of a Salmon, Peek Inside The World of Transportation, A-Z, Around the Christmas Tree, The Big Safari, The Neighborhood, and Wonderfood Wonderland.
All 3 of my kids have tried the Peekabook app, but my 6 year old daughter played with the Peekabook the most so far. I think it’s perfect for her age: she is going into 1st grade and just learning to read. She liked that she has the option to read the book or there is an option for the book to read the words to her.
My 6 year old preferred listening to the stories and she especially loved the search and find stories where she has to find hidden pictures with the explorer ring. Her favorite books were Creature Comforts and Around the Christmas Tree.
I have been reading the A-Z book with my 1-and-a-half year old. We loved seeing the animals change color and learning about letters and animals together. She is still a little young for it, but I can see us reading this on the app over the next few years as she learns her letters and animals.
After listening to and reading all of the stories with my kids, I liked Little Red Riding Hood (a fun retelling of the classic fairytale) and The Big Safari (I loved the black and white world that turns to vibrant color full of animals with the explorer ring) the best. Peek Inside Your Body is pretty cool too – we learned lots about our bodies and I can see this book growing with us.
You have seen us share Osmo games on the iPad in the past, but this was a much different experience than the Osmo. In Peekabook you’re working on iPad screen itself, whereas with Osmo you look at the screen but mostly work offscreen with supplemental tools.
Peekabook will be great for us to take along on a car ride or while traveling. It’s very portable because all you need is your iPad, then the kids have educational entertainment on the go!
I am so glad we got to try this cool new educational toy. If you’re interested in trying Peekabook with your kids, they have given me a 15% off code for you to use! To redeem the code go to www.peekaworld.com and enter the promo code EEMILY15 on your order! This code is only valid for 2 weeks and not combinable with other offers.
You can download the app and get the first book Peek Inside Your Body for free! So try it with the virtual explorer ring, and then you can decide if you’d like to purchase the physical explorer ring and more books.
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions, or if you try it with your kids let me know how you like it!