Dress Chica

Common Sense Media says

PBS Kids Sprout dress-up game is safe fun for children.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Simply drag and drop items and accessories onto Chica. Kids can also shake the device to change her facial expression.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This game is based on The Sunny Side Up Show on PBS Kids Sprout. While the app is free, there is a fairly large ad for a paid Chica app on the main page of the iOS version of the app.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The app encourages kids to make a postcard to send to family members, but the instructions are written for a parent to follow.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dress Chica is a simple dress-up game that allows children to apply clothing and accessories to the popular chicken featured on PBS Kids Sprout's The Sunny Side Up Show. In this process, kids will maked decisions and learn about clothing and accessories.  

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Hobbies

  • fashion

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will love the silly dress-up combinations especially if Chica and The Sunny Side Up Show are favorites.

Learning Approach

The app lacks practical dressing concepts, and stock phrases give pre-literate kids the power to convey and be social with digital messages though it won't help them decode them.

Support

Show host Kelly explains how to play with simple, upbeat directions and provides play prompts throughout.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Hobbies

  • fashion

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn about following directions and making choices. And because it's a dress-up app, Dress Chica focuses on fashion, albeit in a silly way. Kids can also learn a little bit about sharing creations and electronic communications when they -- with an adult's help -- email postcards of their Chica to family members with stock phrases like "Have a nice day" and "I miss you." Dress Chica is a surprisingly fun dress-up game that can help little ones learn about following directions and making and sharing creations.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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What's it about?

Show host Kelly explains how to play and provides play prompts throughout. Kids select arrow buttons and drag and drop fashions and accessories on Chica. When kids finish a creation, Kelly encourages them to shake the device to find Chica's favorite face and, finally, to select a message to send with their postcard. Kids can skip the postcard and go back to playing just as easily. To send the postcard, you'll have to help your kid exit the program and go to your photo gallery.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

A free game based on the The Sunny Side Up Show on PBS Kids Spout, DRESS CHICA has preschoolers dressing the program's cute little chicken using a variety of outfits and accessories, including sailor tops and hats, masks of animal mouths, butterfly nets, and more. Kids can then shake the device to make Chica's expression change to their liking. Once finished, adults can help kids send the picture via email to a friend or family member, adding a short message such as "I made this for you!" prerecorded by the show's host, Kelly. It doesn't sound like a lot, but our preschool tester spent more than half an hour dressing Chica and laughing at the results. She definitely gives it both thumb-ups.

Families can talk about...

  • Help kids select a message for their Dress Chica postcard and send the creation to a family member.

  • Supply a dress-up box for your kids, and let the fun begin! You can start with your own closet, or check out thrift stores for some unique silly items. Make sure to include items your boy will like, too.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:November 18, 2009
Category:Kids Games
Size:10.00 MB
Publisher:PBS KIDS Sprout
Version:1.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later; Android 1.6 and up

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
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