Care Bears & Amigos in NYC

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Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media
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Immerses preschoolers in language and varied activities.

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Educational Value

Kids can practice some preschool skills and explore letters and vocabulary in English and Spanish.

Ease of Play

Controls consist mostly of arrow buttons, easy for preschoolers to play. Too many areas of play can become somewhat overwhelming.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Care Bears & Amigos in NYC is a free educational app set in New York City. It's geared toward language immersion and not necessarily focused on teaching kids about NYC as its name may imply. The preschool app features bilingual activities: simple games, rhyming songs, and animated Care Bears videos, mostly in English. A parents' section isn't included, but you can learn more on the Tipitom website, including details about the types of information collected and shared according to the company's privacy policy.

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What's it about?

CARE BEARS & AMIGOS IN NYC exposes kids to vocabulary in English and Spanish. It features five areas to explore. Visit the zoo to learn about the names and sounds of the animals. Visit the Statue of Liberty to learn about shapes. Ride the subway to learn about numbers, telling time, and the difference between more and less. Visit Washington Heights to learn the alphabet, the sounds of the letters, and corresponding words. And finally, visit Care-a-lot to learn how the Care Bears are feeling. Click on the storybook in the bottom right corner of the home screen and listen to a story about how Tipi & Tom, with the help of Abuela Fina and Abuelo Pancho, get ready to travel to New York City to help the Care Bears find the lost Star Buddies.

Is it any good?

Preschoolers will like exploring NYC with Care Bears and relatable, multicultural characters while practicing skills and learning words in English and Spanish. Simple controls make it easy for kids to toggle between English and Spanish, and easy instructions tell kids exactly what to do. Positive reinforcement and praise keep kids engaged. And while the games are fun to play, they're also very simple. Kids may pick up a few things along the way, like an inconspicuous American history lesson as they trace shapes that later turn into pictures of George Washington, the Constitution, and the American flag. Using the app with your kid to reinforce the language(s) and concepts will definitely boost the learning potential.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Ways to Use Media and Tech to Raise Bilingual Kids as they use Care Bears & Amigos in NYC. Ideas presented in this article may help ease the sometimes challenging task of raising kids to speak two languages.

  • Take a trip around your own city and name the people, places, and things you see around you. If you live in New York City, you may even want to visit places like the Statue of Liberty and have kids describe what they see using some of the English and Spanish vocabulary words they learned from Care Bears & Amigos in NYC. 

  • You may want to identify some of The Best Learning Apps for Preschool Kids and use them to help your preschooler practice skills such as counting, identifying shapes, and learning the letter names and sounds.

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