Parents' Guide to

Camping With Grandpa

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Sweet guide leads kids on quick hike through mini-games.

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Grandpa is a kind, gentle, and encouraging guide to take kids on this cute virtual camping trip, but the games are somewhat shallow. Using a grandpa is a nice way to represent the special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren and plugs nicely into how much grandparents have to teach the newest generation. Camping is also a wonderful subject to tackle as a bonding experience, an important learning opportunity, and a great way to get kids interested in respecting nature. However, though the mini-games are fun, they're somewhat frantically quick and shallow -- and they can quickly get repetitive. Kids could learn some background information about the animals or why it's important to pack certain items. While the embedded videos do some explaining, they're too brief to contain a lot of information. With each game's trial-and-error setup and without any explanations, kids also run the risk of simply tapping randomly around the screen and advancing through the games without really knowing what they're doing. It's definitely accessible and sweet but gives only a surface-level peek into camping.

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