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Parents' Guide to

Dave and Ava Learn and Play

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Quality early learning from YouTube; try before you buy.

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Based on 1 parent review

age 2+


My granddaughter enjoys Dave and Ava. I have this question. Why does the brown skin characters have to be monkeys? Why aren't they just represented as people? I beleive first impressions are important. I am not a monkey and neither are her parents. If you want to use monkeys, please don't dress them up like people. Thank you!

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This collection of early learning content features bright, dynamic graphics and quality song recordings. The videos offer a good start to the classic songs and nursery rhymes that characterize many kids' early years. Letter mini-games nicely emphasize the beginning sound of each target word and number games clearly demonstrate the concept of quantity. That said, most, if not all, of this content is available for free from the developer's YouTube channel. And it isn't a slam-dunk that the interactive features of the app format warrant paying the subscription price. Also, there are few user experience features that were not well thought out for young kids, including the main menu's spinning wheel, the automatic replay on the videos, and the use of different device orientations for the activities. Another thing to note is the developer's marketing strategy that some parents may find off-putting. For example, Dave and Ava Learn and Play is marketed in various instances as appropriate for babies, as a babysitting tool, and as a way to prevent tantrums. Parents may want to check out screen time recommendations and advice on using digital media in early childhood before deciding if Dave and Ava Learn and Play is right for their family.

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