Big Kid Life Fairy Princess
What parents need to know
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."
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.
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|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad|
|Subjects:||Language & Reading: following directions, reading, reading comprehension|
|Skills:||Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, deduction |
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
|Release date:||February 18, 2012|
|Topics:||Princesses and fairies|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 3.2 or later|