Bogga Vacation

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Beach-trip travel prep with mini-games is fun at first.

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age 3+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn a bit of what to expect on a beach vacation -- from what to pack to what boarding a plane may be like -- but all in a silly, kid-friendly way. They'll practice early reading skills as they match items, putting the right object into the shape in the suitcase, or choosing the correctly shaped key to open the treasure chest. They'll also have some fun and express their creativity decorating sand castles and tropical drinks. Though Bogga Vacation is mostly for fun, preschoolers will practice some early reading skills too. 

Ease of Play

On-screen hand guides kids in how to play. No reading required.

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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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Adult Written byjenniferd3 June 7, 2015

Charming, calm details

My four year old immediately fell in love with Bogga Vacation. There are so many action packed games for kids, so this was a welcome relief: Soothing sounds of... Continue reading

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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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about past vacations. Ask kids what their favorite parts were.

  • Make a game of planning a trip. What would you pack for a beach vacation? What would you pack for a snow-skiing trip? What about for a camping trip?

App details

For kids who love taking trips

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