Mobile app The Pickled Onion Gang sales to benefit Thai children
- Published on Tuesday, 06 September 2011 21:14
- Last Updated on 06 September 2011
- Monica Costa
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Creators of the mobile gaming app Pickled Onion Gang are to donate all profits from the sale of the game to help disadvantaged children in Thailand through Thai Children’s Trust, the largest UK charity focusing solely on Thailand.
The educational mobile app, designed by SDM Limited, is aimed at children aged four to nine as an engaging yet informative way to spend time when out of school; ideal for the long summer holidays. The app is packed with facts, quizzes and games and is linked to a blog and website where the characters come alive to interact with their young audience. It is available for download at a cost of 69p from the iTunes store for use on iPod touch, iPhone and iPad.
Sales will go towards Thai Children’s Trust’s vital work providing a home, food, education and care to nearly 4,000 children across Thailand. The charity helps children at risk, children with disabilities, children with HIV/Aids and refugee children.
Paul Robinson, Managing Director of SDM Limited said: “We are very pleased we are able to donate the profits from the sale of our app to Thai Children’s Trust.”
“Educational apps are fast becoming one of the most important learning platforms in the 21st century. Not only do they deliver interesting and relevant content at the touch of a button, but they are also great ways of keeping children engaged while they explore new topics and subjects.”
Andrew Scadding, Director, Thai Children’s Trust adds: “We are so grateful to the creators and users of the Pickled Onion Gang app. It is a fun yet educational game and it will help us change the lives of very needy children in Thailand. For me, that’s a win-win.”
For more information about Thai Children’s Trust please visit http://www.thaichildrenstrust.org.uk/ or call 020 7602 6203. The Pickled Onion Gang app can be downloaded from http://www.pickledoniongang.com or via the iTunes store.
1. Thai Children’s Trust is the largest UK charity focusing solely on Thailand, supporting projects in Pattaya, Rayong, Nong Khai in the north, the Tsunami area in the south and Burmese refugees in the west of Thailand. Thai Children’s Trust helps children at risk, children with disabilities, children with HIV/Aids and refugee children, providing a home, an education and a future for around 4,000 children, and reaching out to thousands more through health and nutrition projects. Please visit www.thaichildrenstrust.org.uk for more information. Thai Children’s Trust is a registered charity. Charity No. 1085407.
2. About Dadpreneur Paul Robinson: Busy dadpreneur Paul Robinson got the idea of the Pickled Onion Gang when he made up a story for his 4 year son Joe. Like most kids, he loved trains and the stories always revolved around a train journey to the seaside that he went on with the gang. The various members of the gang always wanted to jump on board the first train they saw, but it was up to Joe to keep them on track. It occurred to Paul that there was an educational element to this.
How do you work out which train to get, and what happens if you do get into trouble by taking the wrong train? It seemed to Paul that you could put the essence of this into an App and make it both educational and entertaining. Very young children pick up technology quickly, and Joe was no exception.
However, it’s usually the garish, noisy games that attract them and Paul wanted this to be a bit less disruptive to adults.
The Pickled Onion Gang was designed to be more subtle than the usual App and is aimed at keeping the kids engaged and quiet whilst on a car journey, while parents are chatting to friends or while waiting at the station for a train!
3. Top Facts about The Pickled Onion Gang:
a. The "Get that train" quiz improves reading skills by presenting the child a word that has to be recognised within the list of stations.
b. "Counting" develops elementary counting skills through requiring the child to count each time he sees a given station from within a list.
c. "In a pickle" develops kids’ ability to process information, problem solving, and make decisions. The gang are left in a stew and it's up to the child to sort them out.
d. The stations are organised into regions, and so the children also pick up an idea of geography in terms of where various places are within the UK. Computer skills are improved as the child makes their way around the various screens.
e. The Pickled Onion Gang app can be downloaded from http://www.pickledoniongang.com or via the iTunes store.
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