FETCH! LUNCH RUSH

Common Sense Media says

Novel PBS Kids app takes game off screen and into room.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

There are a lot of steps to get this game ready to go, including sending a file to your email, printing it out, and then cutting out and placing the game pieces around the room. Once it's ready to play, however, it's very easy to play.

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

The PBS KIDS and FETCH! logos are placed on the main page. There's a link to other PBS apps on the main page.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No major concerns. To play, you will need to print a PDF of game pieces; users have the option of entering an email address or visiting the PBS KIDS website to obtain the PDF.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that FETCH! LUNCH RUSH is a fun, novel way to play an educational game in "augmented reality." It isn't a game app that most kids will be able to get started playing without some help from a parent or teacher. Game pieces need to be sent to an email address, printed, and cut out before kids can even begin to play. Players place the game pieces on the ground or on a wall and view them through the mobile device's camera to select answers to the questions on the screen and help the adorable Ruff Ruffman get sushi for his crew. This can be a single- or multi-player game. To get the correct pieces of sushi, players must solve the math problems on the screen. This app was funded by the U.S. Department of Education to supplement first- and second-grade math education.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • subtraction

Skills

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

If you're motivated enough to print and set up this game, it can offer a novel way to practice math. After the first few plays, the augmented reality may not be enough to keep kids interested in this surface-deep game.

Learning Approach

Practicing addition and subtraction while trying out a novel way to use a mobile device for a real-life game is a fun way to approach learning math and tech skills. But be forewarned, this game takes a lot of setup effort.

Support

This isn't a game app that most kids will be able to get started playing without some help from a parent or teacher. Game pieces need to be sent to an e-mail address, printed, and cut out before kids can even begin to play. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • subtraction

Skills

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn and practice addition and subtraction while trying out a novel way to use a mobile device in an augmented reality game. Players place game pieces on the ground or on a wall and view them through their device's camera, then select answers to help Ruff Ruffman get sushi for his crew. To get the correct pieces of sushi, players solve math problems -- and they can work together with a parent or sibling, building collaboration skills. But after the first few plays, the augmented reality may not be enough to keep kids interested. The novelty wears off with math that’s surface deep in FETCH! LUNCH RUSH.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

This "augmented reality" game requires quite a bit of pre-work -- game pieces need to be sent to an email address, printed, and cut out before kids can begin to play. Players place the game pieces on the ground or on a wall and view them through the device's camera to select answers to the questions on the screen and help Ruff Ruffman get sushi for his crew. This can be a single- or multi-player game. To get the correct pieces of sushi, players must solve the addition and subtraction problems on the screen (with answers to 10).

Is it any good?

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If you're motivated enough to do the pre-work to set up the game, FETCH! LUNCH RUSH is a truly novel way for kids to practice basic math and learn some relatively new technology, too. The game pieces have to be taped onto the wall or, more practically, spread out around the room. If the mobile device is going to be carried around the room and handed between players in the multi-player version, it could get risky for the device, especially since part of the game is to see how fast each player can arrive at the answers. As a result, teachers or parents who are thinking of using this as a multi-player game may want to consider setting some "careful carrying rules" for the mobile device being used. The math lessons may be limited in scope, but since this app is free and the idea is quite unique, it's definitely worth a play at least once.

Families can talk about...

  • Help kids print out the necessary game pieces and set up the game -- it's not something young kids can do on their own.

  • Find more ways to involve your device's camera in your kids' learning adventures. A camera can add an interesting twist to a math-related scavenger hunt, for example.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:November 17, 2011
Category:Family Games
Size:14.00 MB
Publisher:PBS KIDS
Version:1.0.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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Parent Written byHSCmom February 17, 2012
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Go Fetch Some Sushi!

This app makes the player feel like part of the action on Fetch. We like to spread the pieces out all over the house and then run around trying to get sushi for the crew. It is fun math practice for the little guy.

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