Disney Princess Palace Pets
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disney Princess Palace Pets is a free app that includes the pets of six of the Disney Princesses: Cinderella's dog Pumpkin, Aurora's cat Beauty, Belle's dog Teacup, Ariel's cat Treasure, Snow White's bunny Berry, and Rapunzel's horse Blondie. Sultan (Jasmine's tiger), Petit (Belle's horse), Lily (Tiana's cat), and Summer (Rapunzel's cat) require an in-app purchase to wake them up. It's a big app, taking up far more than 500 MB of storage, and kids can snap pictures of each pet and her princess very easily from within the app, quickly filling up a camera roll (with no option in the settings to turn it off).
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
What Kids Can Learn
Disney Princess Palace Pets wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
What's it about?
Each Disney Princess has a pet, and each pet (just like her princess) has a story. Kids choose the pet and then read along to learn about it in a short two- or three-page story. They'll learn how the princess met her pet and what the pet enjoys. Then they can click the comb to groom and care for the pet: bathing it, brushing it, feeding it treats, and dressing it up. Once the pet is all primped, she's presented along with her princess, and kids can add the portrait of the princess and her pet to the camera roll.
Is it any good?
Princess fans will have a great time grooming and dressing up the Princess Pets. The narration and voice-overs are really well done, and kids will be able to navigate the activities easily. Even with only the six pets included for free, kids will be entertained for quite a while, washing, grooming, feeding, and dressing each pet as well as hearing its story and taking its picture. Parents will just need to be prepared to delete dozens of princess pictures from their camera rolls once their little ones have finished playing.
Families can talk about...
Encourage kids to imagine other pets each princess might have. Ask them what they think other favorite characters' pets and their names might be.
Talk about what's involved in taking care of a pet.