B&B Apple Jam - Kids Game

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Prepare jam for jarring with joyful but mundane mini-games.

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Educational Value

The steps to make jam, including growing and harvesting the fruit, cooking it, and pouring the jam into jars and labeling them. Some games require problem-solving such as putting together a puzzle, or matching and sorting.

Ease of Play

Most tasks clearly presented, though some require a bit of exploration. All are easy to complete.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that in B&B Apple Jam - Kids Game, kids follow a set series of simple puzzles and tasks to make and prepare jars of fruit jam. There are about 15 steps, but most go pretty quickly, so it won't take long for kids to run through the whole app. There are a few activities that either aren't immediately clear (like filling the watering can), or aren't perfectly responsive to finger movements (like pouring jam into jars). Toddlers may need a bit of help. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Start B&B APPLE JAM - KIDS GAME by piecing together a watering can. Then, follow the game sequence to water an apple tree, pick the apples, take them to a friend's house to cook them, and finally fill and label jars with a variety of freshly made fruit jam. Additional related mini-games along the way -- like repairing the broken wheelbarrow full of apples -- round out the app and add some excitement. Once the jars of jam are shelved, the game is over and kids can start the whole process again.

Is it any good?

Kids get a good look at the process of making jam with mini-games that are simple and accessible, though not particularly innovative. The tasks in B&B Apple Jam - Kids Game are cute, fun, and easy to do. They're also nicely tied together in a sequence that makes sense: Each game is a necessary step along the way toward the goal of making jars of jam. And though toddlers should find the games engaging -- at least for a little while -- the games don't require much thinking or creativity to complete. Parents can make the experience richer by playing with their kids. There are ample opportunities for expanding on the games through discussion and offscreen jam-making and -tasting exploration.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about key actions in B&B Apple Jam - Kids Game to build vocabulary. Describe what kids are doing with verbs like "shake," "stir," and "pour," or placement terms like "in," "next to," "out," "together."

  • Explore and expand on the process of making jam. Talk about each step, from growing and harvesting the fruit to preparing it and cooking and jarring.

  • Make your own jam together with seasonal fruit and enjoy eating it for breakfast or snack. Or, go to the market to find a jar of jam made from real fruit to taste together.

App details

For kids who love preschool and educational apps

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