Bluebee Pals

App review by
Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Free app provides new vocabulary words to little kids.

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age 3+
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

App offers toddlers and preschoolers access to a few simple color-matching and letter-sequencing mini-games. Majority of app involves exploring rooms of a house, watching a brief animation, following directions to tap items on the screen to expand vocabulary.

Ease of Play

May need to orient kids at first on how to return to the main screen. Within app, kids need to perform basic tap, swipe, drag functions to interact with content.

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A Bluebee Pal is an interactive plush toy that connects to Bluebee Pal app, on a device, using Bluetooth connection. App was created to use in conjunction with toy. While toy is featured in brief video after launching the app, it's not required to use the app. No pop-ups or links to encourage kids to buy the toy; parents can enter resource section by entering their birth year, which includes link to buy after that.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bluebee Pals is an education app for toddlers and preschoolers that encourages kids to follow simple directions and learn new vocabulary by tapping objects and playing mini-games. There are six Bluebee Pals characters: lion, lamb, bear, zebra, dog, and monkey. The Bluebee Pals app was created to work in conjunction with an interactive stuffed animal toy connected to the device through a Bluetooth connection. When the toy is connected to the app, it will move its mouth and speak the directions and prompts from the app. The toy, which is available for purchase separately for $75, isn't required to access any of the educational features within the app. There are five rooms in the Bluebee Pals house to explore. The "playroom" includes several short mini-games that can be enjoyed by simply dragging letters, vehicles, and puzzle pieces across the screen. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Adult Written byWagnerslp November 6, 2018

Lots of fun, safe, interactive learning for your little ones!

Great learning app for young children that can be used with or without the awesome Bluebee Pal educational bluetooth “talking plush animals”. The app feature... Continue reading

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What's it about?

The BLUEBEE PALS APP offers kids a fun way to learn basic vocabulary words in their day-to-day life as they explore rooms of a home, such as the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, living room, and playroom by tapping items on the screen. After choosing a room to explore, the app includes short animations, and then encourages kids to follow simple directions like, "Tap on all the items in the kitchen and refrigerator and bring them to the table." In the bathroom, kids will need to follow the instructions to tap on certain items to explore the room. For example, "Tap the shower to get me wet." Should they tap another item in the room, there's no response until they perform the correct action. Following the specific sequences in the bathroom unlocks a 20-second tooth-brushing mini-game. In other rooms, kids mostly tap and drag to hear the names of the items and move them around. The playroom offers the most fun, though, as it provides access to nine basic mini-games such as sequencing letters of the alphabet in order, dragging an animal through a maze or a vehicle onto a road, matching colored balloons with the same colored food, looking at a robot and then sequencing the body parts to put it together, swiping puzzle pieces to finish a teddy bear puzzle, using the device's microphone to record their voice and play it back, or dress their favorite Bluebee Pal animal in an outfit such as ballerina, construction worker, police officer, doctor, firefighter, or nurse.

Is it any good?

These simple games and interactions are solid content for parents of early app users. Parents of young children are frequently looking for simple, educational apps for their devices that teach their kids something new. The content in the app is basic and appropriate for little kids who are just beginning to interact with apps, through tapping, swiping, and dragging icons with their fingers. Kids who struggle with listening and following directions may need some guidance, because if they don't follow the directions in certain rooms, they won't be able to access all of the content. Some of the icons in the games are small and difficult to locate, and therefore a challenge to tap and drag to a specific location, which could be frustrating for kids. While repetition is good for learning, and there are a lot of mini-game options located in the "playroom," each game includes only one or two different trials, which limits replay value. The Bluebee Pals app was primarily created to work with a stuffed animal toy, but while the toy might enhance the content, it certainly isn't required. Spend time with young kids helping them play the mini-games and exploring the app. While the content is very basic, there's absolutely a lot to explore together. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Bluebee Pals is a fun way for kids to learn new vocabulary words present in their day-to-day life, which they learn incidentally by tapping different characters and objects.

  • Show your kid how to use an educational app. Bluebee Pals content is accessed by tapping, swiping, and dragging, which is great for young kids developing the motor skills to participate in app play.

  • Do your kids need help to learn how to complete self-care activities like washing their hands or brushing their teeth? Exposure to self-care sequences in the app might be a way to reinforce the steps and sequences for common self-help activities.

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