Big Kid Life Fire Fighter

 
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Learning(i)

Exciting action plus solid learning as kids battle flames.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Easy to play, although there are fewer voice prompts on certain areas of this app than one might expect, considering the suggested age range includes pre-readers. Some kids may get stuck on certain screens not knowing what to do and have to just use trial-and-error. Recording messages to parents is a little difficult at first if kids don't understand the very limited instruction. They must touch the button icon, release, speak the message, and then press it again to send.

Violence & scariness

Some very young kids may find the mean-faced fireballs on this app scary. If a firefighter runs into smoke or flames, he turns red as if burnt.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Minor concerns. Parents can opt to exchange personal messages back and forth with their kid through a service called "Mom-Comm," but they must use Facebook or an email account to do so. You don't have to sign up for Mom-Comm for kids to play the app; instead you can sign in as a guest user for app gameplay only.

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • letter or word recognition

Math

  • numbers
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving

Responsibility & Ethics

  • honoring the community

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Firefighters are a slam-dunk for kids, and the missions -- saving pets! -- are fun.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • letter or word recognition

Math

  • numbers
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving

Responsibility & Ethics

  • honoring the community

Kids can learn shapes, colors, numbers, and letters and practice problem-solving with Big Kid Life Fire Fighter. They can also practice finding items that don't belong, counting, and more. They must think ahead for how to rescue the stranded animals in the fires. Kids also get some practice in technology use via sending the "Mom-Comm" communication messages. This app will appeal to kids fascinated with firefighters or community heroes. Big Kid Life Fire Fighter is a fun app that can help kids learn preschool basics and problem-solving skills.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:February 18, 2012
Category:Educational Games
Size:27.80 MB
Publisher:Fingerprint
Version:1.2.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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