What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Land of Me is an interactive, educational story game told in six chapters. In each chapter, three animal friends visit one of six different locations and take part in an activity. At each location, kids are asked a series of questions and their answers are reflected in the final product created at each location. Each of the six available chapters has additional hotspots to click, and crafts, coloring pages, and other activities to download and print. The software is British, so American families should be prepared for some spelling differences that can be confusing for early readers.
What's it about?
THE LAND OF ME follows an owl, a raccoon, and a bear as they journey to different part of the world to interact with another character. The character asks the child's preference in several areas and then creates a picture, song, dance, scene, or story that matches the child's preferences. Kids can experiment by changing one element, and then seeing the scene immediately alter. For example, kids can see how changing "small" to "large" impacts a picture, or how "slow" and "fast" impact a song. Prompts in the upper right hand side of the screen help parents ask questions and engage with their kids over what's happening on the screen. There isn't an underlying plot.
Is it any good?
The Land of Me is a fun way for preschoolers and early readers to experience how words impact what happens in a story. It's also empowering for kids to make choices that change what is happening on screen. The game helps parents get involved by providing additional background information on-screen, as well as suggestions for questions to ask to engage kids in what they're doing. Each of the levels has some hidden interactive elements as well. A minor flaw is that each chapter feels like it could be a standalone app, making the price tag feel a bit steep. However, you can download the free trial and play for a week before deciding about a purchase.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about taking turns and encouraging each other.
Talk about using your imagination. What is real? What is pretend?
Families can discuss being brave vs. being timid. What should you do if you're worried or afraid? How can you help someone else who might be feeling worried or afraid?