A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Kids must have enough coordination to drag shapes onto boxes in order to sort them into two groups. Instructions are given in both text and voice.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that ClearUpThings HD lets kids practice sorting objects into different groups based on properties such as whether they're red or blue, square or round, toys or clothes, edible or inedible, heavy or light. While the app is meant to be educational, its English grammar and pronunciation is too flawed to serve as a model for preschoolers.
Is It Any Good?
CLEARUPTHINGS HD is a wonderful idea that is unfortunately marred by poor English localization. The drag-and-drop controls are easy to use, and the graphics are clear and attractive, but the text is too iffy to recommend as an educational app. Kids will scratch their heads at commands like "The spots things go here and the lattice things go here," or "The striped things go here and the asteroid things go here," ("asteroids" meaning objects with stars on them).
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.