Blaze and the Monster Machines

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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STEM concepts ride along with racing fun.

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age 3+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn STEM concepts as they both race along prebuilt tracks and build their own. They'll learn about traction, adhesion, and trajectory as they listen to the definitions when they encounter the items in a race, and they'll experiment hands-on and see the impact that different objects have on one another, such as chains on an icy patch or how a ramp impacts a truck's trajectory. The Nick Jr. show teaches kids STEM concepts, and Blaze and the Monster Machines goes even further, letting kids explore them hands-on.

Ease of Play

Easy-to-follow verbal instructions guide kids through each step of building and racing.

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Consumerism

The app is a tie-in to the Nick Jr. show and includes a logo link to other Nick Jr. apps.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Blaze and the Monster Machines is an educational racing game featuring characters from the Nick Jr. TV show of the same name. Kids can race on an already-built track or design their own, choosing from the Badlands, Snowy Slopes, or the Monster Dome. STEM concepts are explained and explored during play. As kids race, they unlock the next level whether they win or lose. Up to four players can have accounts on one device.

User Reviews

Parent of a 2 year old Written byLuke M. August 29, 2016

The show itself must be intriguing for young child as my boy loves it.

The thing with kids shows is that you end up seeing them over and over. You know where im coming from right? Anyway, they're are some good parts where blaz... Continue reading
Adult Written byGeorgie C. December 27, 2017

Absolutly terrible

Pretends to teach but confuses and is so lazy. The whole concept is awful with 2 pointless human children. Horrible show will no longer have on in my house.
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What's it about?

In "build" mode of BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES, kids design their own racetrack, choosing where to built it -- the Badlands, the Snowy Slopes, or the Monster Dome -- and which obstacles to add. They also can go directly to a "race," choosing an existing track in those same locations. Before each race, they'll learn the science behind an obstacle or tool in the race, such as how tires help provide traction. Kids can choose to play by tapping or by tilting the screen. Completing one level unlocks the next, whether kids win or not.

Is it any good?

Building and racing are both totally preschool-friendly, perfect for fans of the Nick Jr. show. Kids don't really have to do anything to complete a race, though they can maneuver their truck for a better outcome. Even if they come in last (or third) place, they'll move on to the next level. The real fun is in designing the tracks, and the learning comes from short explanations of the science behind each feature on the track. Each of the three locations includes several tracks, plus kids can build their own, so there's quite a bit of variety of scenes. But the actual gameplay is pretty much the same throughout.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the science terms introduced -- "trajectory," "adhesion," and "acceleration" -- and think of examples of each.

  • Show kids that they can play in tap mode or tilt mode, and let them choose what's more comfortable for them.

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