Big Kid Life Fairy Princess

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Cute, engaging app sneaks in reading comprehension lessons.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn reading skills like listening for comprehension in this well-developed, kid- and parent-friendly app. The game is fun and educationally sound, but the parent communication is what sets Big Kid Life Fairy Princess and the Big Kid Life series apart. Parents get emailed reports after kids play, giving a snapshot of the skills. Parents and kids can communicate with each other with voice messages. The game offers three levels, with each level increasing in complexity. Big Kid Life Fairy Princess delivers high interest, high quality content for preschoolers, along with exceptional parent communication.

Ease of Play

Quite easy to play, although some areas within the app contain written instructions only (such as how to move back to the main "choose a story page"), and pre-readers may have a hard time knowing what to do next. Recording messages is a little more difficult at first if kids don't understand the very limited instruction. They must tap and release the button icon, speak, and then touch the button icon again to send. Also, the app needs a better way to exit a game. Players can tap the pause button to go "home," but the home menu does not give an option of ending the game you're on and starting a new one.

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The logo for Fingerprint is on the app's main intro screen, as well as on the screen that prompts kids to send a message to their parent. An "FP" icon on some screens will, when tapped, move kids to a Fingerprint page that tells them about new games from the developer. If kids tap on the new game, another screen pops up and a verbal prompt says, "Tap here if you want to tell your mom that you want this game." Then a message is sent to the parent.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Big Kid Life Fairy Princess is a fairy tale-themed story app that helps kids practice reading comprehension skills with 15 different stories. This app is one of a series of similarly crafted apps by Fingerprint, a developer that has come up with ways for parents to manage a child's apps, see what they're playing and learning, and send and receive personal messages back and forth to their kid through the apps. But you don't have to sign up for Fingerprint's parent options to play the game; you can sign up via email for more limited features or as a guest for just app gameplay only. In this app, your child can select a boy character who is dressed like a prince, but the story still refers to him as a "fairy princess."

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What's it about?

Kids become a fairy princess in a magical world with Brother Troll and a pet unicorn where they practice preschool skills like story comprehension and following directions. Kids complete tasks that require interacting with the touch screen, like shaking the device to sprinkle fairy dust or tapping toys to put them away. Then they answer questions checking for understanding. Finally, they hear a story recapping what they did with words highlighted as they're read. In advanced levels, kids answer comprehension questions after the story is read.

Is it any good?

BIG KID LIFE FAIRY PRINCESS tells cute stories like "Unicorns Like Kites" and "Brother Troll's Bedtime" in interactive ways that young kids who love fairy tales will likely enjoy enough to not notice they're also practicing reading comprehension. The three levels of play become increasingly more challenging, incorporating some letter recognition and more difficult storylines, but none too difficult to cease being more fun than work for these little learners. The Mom-Comm messaging system and other parent-centered aspects of this app are quite interesting and novel, although it's not certain that they'd be worth the time or that kids won't lose interest in sending the messages through this simple app sooner than later; the concept may be even more beneficial for apps with more advanced learning levels and more real reasons to prompt communication between kids and parents.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Send messages to your kid about their progress.

  • Mimic the questioning style of the app when reading aloud with kids.

  • If your kid likes this app, also check out Big Kid Life Fire Fighter and Big Kid Life Vet.

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