Caillou Check Up - Doctor's Office
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Caillou Check Up - Doctor's Office features the PBS show character on a well-check at the doctor's office. The free app includes a weight and height check, eye exam with a peripheral vision check and eye chart exam, and looking in Caillou's throat. A $5.99 in-app purchase unlocks all of the content including taking temperature, checking ears, bandaging wounds, listening with a stethoscope, taking blood pressure, checking reflexes, and getting a shot. Every interaction is positive and interactive to put kids at ease when visiting the doctor.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
- handling stress
Health & Fitness
- body awareness
- preventing sickness
Engagement, Approach, Support
Highly interactive features let kids play the part of the doctor. They'll pump the blood pressure cuff, clean Caillou's arm before giving him a shot, and choose which bandages to give him.
Lots of learning is baked in to every part of play. Kids learn the names of the instruments and some of their body parts. The experience serves as a social story, introducing kids to what to expect on a doctor's visit, putting them more at ease with the situation.
All instructions are delivered verbally, and on-screen hints guide kids in each move. Multiple languages are supported. Play picks up at whichever activity kids last played.
What's it about?
CAILLOU'S CHECK UP - DOCTOR'S OFFICE brings playing doctor to the touch screen. Kids drag doctor tools into place for each step of the check-up. Each part of the visit is highly interactive. Kids will actually say "AHHH" while holding the tongue depressor in place to look at Caillou's tonsils. They'll drag the letters into place on the eye chart and clean the dirt off Caillou's arm before giving him a shot. The paid segments include some medical information, too, like identifying the ear drum and the different organs the doctor listens to with the stethoscope.
Is it any good?
Each activity is highly interactive, so kids will feel empowered. They'll get to choose which bandage to put on Caillou's wound and again after his shot, and they get to use the doctor's tools. The whole experience is very positive, so it'd be a great activity to prepare kids for what to expect at the doctor's office. There's no commentary from Caillou about how anything feels except for the blood pressure cuff; he says "that felt funny." Kids are able to see all of the locked content when playing the free version and hear "To play that activity, you'll need to unlock the full check up" when they try to play it.
Families can talk about...
Use Caillou's Check Up - Doctor's Office to prepare kids for what to expect at a well-check with the pediatrician.
Make connections to past doctor visits kids have experienced. Ask "Do you remember when Dr. Smith took your temperature?"