A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn some basic construction vocabulary and to identify select construction tools and heavy equipment. In one game, kids practice simple addition. Kids have room for limited creative expression when they paint the house and add decorative touches.
Ease of Play
Simple mini-games are straightforward and easy to execute. There's also some how-to help in case kids don’t immediately understand what to do.
Products & Purchases
Small icon on the home screen takes kids to visual and video ads for apps from the same developer. Parent gate protects purchase.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
The ever-sweet and gentle grandpa is an encouraging guide through a simple overview of constructing a new building. Build With Grandpa is bound to be appealing to that toddler/preschool subset with an obsession with all things construction. Kids can interact with select parts of the construction process from start to finish and then enjoy a picture of the house they "built." Unfortunately, each activity doesn't last long and doesn't allow for much in-depth exploration of any of the concepts introduced. That means the work that goes into construction -- and some of the underlying educational concepts the developers claim the app covers -- gets breezed through. It's also quite repetitive: Once kids build a house, the whole process to build another one is essentially just a repeat with some different vocabulary words or wooden plank lengths swapped in. Because of that, Build With Grandpa speaks particularly to kids who watch wide-eyed and open-mouthed as cement mixers turn.
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