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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bogga Vacation takes kids on a preschool-friendly beach vacation, from packing to flying to playing on the beach. Kids practice preschool skills such as matching and get to express some creativity too. No reading is required, and kids are directed by on-screen prompts showing them what to do next. The game follows a set chronology, so kids can't skip around much, except once they're on the island and can choose among the three activities.
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What's it about?
When kids open BOGGA VACATION, a colorful suitcase opens to invite kids to pack for a trip. Kids match the shapes of the items, dragging them into the corresponding spots in the suitcase. Once the bag is packed, it's time to go to the airport. Kids have to turn off a cell phone and hand over a passport and boarding pass before getting onto the plane. They also get to put a silly accessory on the desk attendant. Then they fly to a tropical island, where they can build and decorate sand castles, make and drink fruit smoothies, or dig up a buried treasure.
Is it any good?
This sweet, summery app walks kids through each step of the trip: packing a suitcase, boarding the plane, and doing fun vacation activities. Though it balances structure and some free expression, there's not much to the games. Kids can't deviate from the order of the play, but they can decorate their sand castles or mix their tropical drinks a bit, and the matching activities are good for developing prereading skills. There's not much open-ended play involved, though, so kids may not find it endlessly playable; once they've created a few sand castles and mixed a few drinks, they'll probably be done. It'll probably hold the most appeal in anticipation of a real-world vacation.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, thinking critically
- Price: $1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid (Price varies by device.)
- Release date: December 16, 2013
- Category: Education
- Size: 18.10 MB
- Publisher: Boggatap
- Version: 1.0.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up
For kids who love taking trips
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