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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Clifford's BIG Birthday is part of Scholastic's line of Clifford products and is a fun, educational game that helps kids build literacy skills. Emily Elizabeth and her friends guide kids as they help set up Clifford's surprise party and play some party games. Kids play skee ball while making words from different word families (for example, _ay and _eg) or spell words while popping balloons. Happy birthday, Clifford!
What's it about?
In CLIFFORD'S BIG BIRTHDAY, kids first help Emily Elizabeth plan a fun party for Clifford. They first decorate a cake and Clifford's doghouse with streamers, pictures, and more. To decorate each item, kids have to select a word to indicate their choice. Once they've surprised Clifford, there are three party games to play that involve spelling, word families, and word-to-picture matching. The more kids play, the more prizes they earn for their take-home goodie bags.
Is it any good?
Clifford's BIG Birthday is a great way to incorporate learning into a fun game. Kids get to make a lot of choices as they decorate the party, which can make them feel empowered and a little grown-up. The activities are fun, but there's no way to review kids' progress. In addition, the app takes a long time to load each activity. After every round, the app returns kids to the party room (even if they want to play the same game again), and kids have to wait while the next activity loads. Also, if kids want to go back to decorating the party, they have to start a new party and the party favors they earned will be lost.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, reading, spelling
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making
- Price: $0.99
- Release date: September 19, 2012
- Category: Educational Games
- Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice
- Size: 134.00 MB
- Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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