A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about the life cycle of a butterfly, as well as the basics of how to nurture and care for a pet. They can create paintings and play with their caterpillar, so they aren't necessarily getting an accurate scientific view, but the activities are age-appropriate. For really little kids, My Very Hungry Caterpillar offers a chance to learn how to navigate in an app, the nature of cause and effect, and what it takes to care for living things.
Ease of Play
Some kids may struggle a bit at first with a couple of touch-and-drag activities, but there are prompts to show them what to do.
Products & Purchases
Android version offers a free trial with an in-app upgrade option. A main menu, which is easily accessible to kids, offers a link to the publisher's other titles. App based on a highly popular children's book with a full line of consumer merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This book-based collection of activities has feel-good written all over it, from the tinkling musical notes to the bright colors to the lake with rubber ducks floating in it. Kids will love taking care of their caterpillars and gardens, and though the activities are repetitive, new toys and foods help keep things fresh. Of course, the time line for metamorphosis and growing fruit is greatly accelerated, so it's important for kids to understand that nature moves much more slowly. Younger children, or those with less mobile device experience, may need a bit of help figuring out the mechanics, despite some well-meaning arrow prompts on the screen. The painting exercise is the least intuitive, as the caterpillar can crawl through the paint or serve as a sort of paintbrush, but finger painting is limited. A delightful experience for little ones, caring for the caterpillar encourages nurturing and exploration.
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