What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Big Kid Life Firefighter is exciting action for wannabe future firefighters. There are also some educational mini-games throughout the app for young kids. As one of a series of similarly crafted apps by developer Fingerprint, this is probably the most intense role-play game for pre-K and kindergarten app users in this series because of the real nature of being a firefighter: There are angry-looking flames and smoke, ladders, stranded kittens and puppies, and the chance of getting "burned" (which, in this game, means turning red). Parents have the option of signing up for free features that allow them to get messages via Facebook or email about what their kids are playing, as well as sending and receiving messages with their kid via the app.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
Responsibility & Ethics
- honoring the community
Engagement, Approach, Support
Firefighters are a slam-dunk for kids, and the missions -- saving pets! -- are fun.
Kids have to think about how to get through a building. The quizzes are age-appropriate, although they're tacked on at the end so kids may rush past them.
A narrator gives hints when kids need help. The app can email teachers or parents a summary of which skills kids are working on.
What's it about?
Kids become firefighters who rescue animals and put out fire monsters. Parents help with the initial setup and can use the app for three different children. Kids choose their avatar and level of difficulty. Kids follow verbal directions to rescue the animals and get back to the fire truck as well as answer questions related to preschool skills.
Is it any good?
BIG KID LIFE FIRE FIGHTER is probably the most intense role-play app in this series of apps created for young kids to try out different adult roles, so if your kid is extra sensitive, this app's fires and stranded pets may be a little too much. For kids who are into the action, the app offers a lot of fast challenge and basic learning practice. The educational games that are interspersed with the more arcade-style firefighting game are solid learning practice in basic shapes, numbers, colors, and more. Kids can also send messages to their parents if Mom or Dad sign up for that free option. Overall, an adventurous learning game for wannabe heroes.
Families can talk about...
Use the app to start a conversation with your kids about fire safety.
Continue the fire safety them by arranging a visit to a local fire station.
Check your kids' progress in the app, and send them encouraging messages.