A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to take care of their health with inspiration and tips from Doc McStuffins and her pals. They'll learn about "go" foods -- like fruits, vegetables, and fish -- and "slow" foods -- like French fries and candy. They'll also practice some backyard games with their fine motor skills (in the app) that they can replicate outside to develop their own gross motor skills and develop active, healthy habits. Moving with Doc is a cute way to inspire kids to move, but the ideas behind the game will only work if kids put down the iPad and go outside.
Ease of Play
The app responds slowly; some gestures don't respond quickly enough to complete the tasks.
Products & Purchases
Links to purchase other Disney apps are accessible in the passcode-protected parent section.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Doc McStuffins: Moving with Doc features characters from the Disney Junior television show Doc McStuffins participating in the "Big Backyard Games." They encourage kids to eat good foods, stretch, and move their bodies; demonstrate activities that might inspire kids to get active; and offer encouragement for kids to do their best by making healthy choices. It's a large download -- at more than 400MB -- and moves slowly between activities, which can be frustrating for kids.
Is It Any Good?
If kids can wait patiently for each game to load, they'll have some fun working through the activities and get inspired to go outside and play those same activities themselves. Some moves don't respond quickly to gestures, which is also frustrating. The overall message is great -- teaching kids to choose healthy foods to fuel their bodies and encouraging them to be active, and it's great that the games are all activities kids can re-create themselves outside. The concepts of adding their own pictures to the Healthy Me Chart and of seeing themselves stretching are really neat and personalize the game experience for kids. In a likely scenario, kids will play with the app a bit, get frustrated with the slow transitions, and ideally take their new ideas and go play outside.
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