What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cookie Calls is just like Elmo Calls, in that it lets kids get (pretend) video calls and voicemail messages from a beloved Sesame Street character -- in this case, Cookie Monster. Parents can choose when and what message they want Cookie Monster to leave on "voicemail" or say during a video "chat." There's a nap time message, healthy eating tips, addition, and more. Four messages are included with purchase, and parents can access more messages with in-app purchase of $.99 per message or $2.99 for all.
What kids can learn
- cultural understanding
Responsibility & Ethics
- making wise decisions
Health & Fitness
- balanced diet
Engagement, Approach, Support
Cookie Monster's fans will love his silly jokes and messages. Some kids may get frustrated if they try to speak to Cookie Monster because he doesn't respond or stop talking to listen to them on the "call."
After kids listen to Cookie Monster's messages about healthy habits, the lessons he promotes may transfer into good decision-making in real life. Unfortuantely, all the interactivity here is one-way, from Cookie to kids.
Parents can add specific calls to kids' favorites list. There are four messages included with the app purchase. All other call topics require in-app purchases.
What's it about?
Parents swipe a tab at the top of the screen to access a list of all calls, to schedule calls, and to purchase more. On the main screen, kids can choose one of three calls to hear immediately. Parents can add specific calls to kids' favorites list. Kids simply tap the green "Answer" button when the phone rings a red "End" button to hang up.
Is it any good?
COOKIE CALLS features some of Cookie Monster's signature slapstick humor with silly jokes and messages typical of the blue monster. The feature that allows Cookie Monster to leave a message about nap time or other healthy habits is easy to setup and may help reinforce family rules for little ones (although many of the more helpful calls require in-app purchases).
Even though the app is set up to make it appear that kids can do video chats with Cookie Monster, there's no way to actually do that. As a result, some kids may get frustrated if they try to speak to Cookie Monster, and he doesn't respond or stop talking to listen to them. Even if its features may over-promise and under-deliver a bit, Cookie Calls can be a useful app to motivate, teach, and delight Cookie Monster's preschool fans.
Families can talk about...
Talk to your kids about how, while they may see themselves on the screen with Cookie Monster, they cannot really chat with him and have him listen.
Set the timer settings for your kids to receive a helpful call at the most useful time, such as nap time.