Saturday, 1 March 2014

NatWest and Aardman Animations brings You - Pigby's Fair App


NatWest Pigby's Fair app, how to teach a child to save up, concept of money

Back in October 2012 we were invited to participate in NatWest's Pigs by Kids competition,  to design our version of the new NatWest pig. We had lots of fun and was happy for the winner as it was a really good pig!

A few weeks ago the PR said that she has something to post to us. Days later we found this in the post, and we couldn't stop giggling! 


NatWest Pigby's Fair app, how to teach a child to save up, concept of money

We recognised it very well as it's still sitting on our window sill (though a bit broken). The PR team has gone through the trouble to send images of Abby's NatWest Pig off to get it made into a plush toy! We absolutely loved the idea! If you look at how Abby's pig looked like, you'll notice that this plush toy pig does resembles the actual pig. She has used different metallic paint on her clay pig, and stuck on a lot of buttons and jewels.

Apart from the plush pig, we were also invited to their Pigby event, which is the chosen NatWest Pig. It was a shame that we couldn't make it (it was during the half term as well!), but I have asked them to send me information about the event, and what a surprise it was!


NatWest Pigby's Fair app, how to teach a child to save up, concept of money

NatWest Pigby's Fair app, how to teach a child to save up, concept of money

Apparently NatWest had teamed up with the makers of Wallace and Gromit - Aardman Animations, to create the UK's first children app by a bank! And it's not a boring app either, it's actually a really fun app where kids get to build their own fun fair while learning all about cost, profit and savings!

I downloaded the free app Pigby's Fair (iOS and Android) and it looked pretty good! It started off telling the player to build an ice cream parlour and add stock (ice-creams) to it, where the cost will be taken away from the £5.00 budget (yes! It's in Pounds!). The child can then go to the big pink piggy bank and set a saving target for another stall, then start putting any extra money away in the bank to start saving. 

The app is colourful and fun, and I like it that they made it very easy for children to understand that stocking up the Ice-cream parlour and playing games will cost money, which could have been saved up for another stall that can earn them even more fun and money at their fun fair. However, without stocking up, they wouldn't be able to earn more as well. And who say that they can't have a bit of fun? Decision decision! The app also introduced the concept of the sooner you hit your saving target, the more you actually save in cash.

As soon as Abby finished her homework I'll let her have a play. It's definitely one of the app we approve! It's a real shame that we couldn't make it to the event as I'm sure it was fun and Abby would have enjoyed it! 

The app is free for all to download, and you don't even need to have an account with NatWest to play!