Dr. Panda Bath Time

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Learn healthy habits while helping cute animal friends.

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Educational Value

Reinforces healthy hygiene habits for kids. Best learning is with parent help, and note that the hand-washing activity doesn't require soap to complete. While choosing clothes is fun, it would add a level of creativity if kids could design outfits themselves.

Ease of Play

Controls are intuitive, requiring kids to tap and drag and drop over small distances, and there are some prompts but no actual instructions. Kids may not know they need to take a dirty outfit from the laundry basket and the outfit on the character and place them both in the washing machine. Younger kids may not know the wash needs detergent or where to put it. 

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An icon on the main menu leads to a list of other apps by the publisher. This can be turned off in the parent section, which requires an appropriate birth year to access. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dr. Panda Bath Time is part of a popular series of apps for young kids. This one allows kids to play through various bath-time and hygiene activities. Younger kids may need help the first time through with things they may not normally take care of themselves, like doing laundry. The characters in the game are all animals and end up in their underwear for bath time, which kids might find silly. They also wear their underwear on the toilet and may "strain" when it's time to go. Characters always go to the sink to wash their hands after using the toilet, but the task is considered complete even without soap. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared. 

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What's it about?

In DR. PANDA BATH TIME, kids help Dr. Panda and his friends clean up after a busy day. One by one the dirty animals knock on the bathroom door so kids can lead them through the process of getting clean. Each character requests certain things through a series of thought bubbles, but kids can bring them through other stations if they wish. First stop is typically the laundry, where kids remove the dirty clothes and put them in the washing machine. They add dirty clothes from a laundry basket, add laundry detergent, and then press the start button. When the wash is done, they hang the clothes to dry. At the toilet, kids might tap the character to hurry them along and then provide toilet paper (though it's not required). Next stop is hand-washing at the sink, but soap is optional. The characters usually choose either a bath or a shower, both of which require some soap and a little scrubbing. Then they dry off with a dryer or towel. Some characters might want to brush their teeth, so kids can choose between a regular toothbrush and an electric version. And finally, it's time to pick a clean outfit for the character to wear before a new friend arrives at the door.

Is it any good?

With some parental guidance, this is a fun way for young kids to learn more about important hygiene habits. Dr. Panda Bath Time provides a chance for kids to act out their own bath routine or come up with a new one with the animal friends. For parents, it's an opportunity to reinforce the importance of washing hands, using soap, brushing teeth, and other important habits. The experience would be more powerful if the directions were more explicit instead of needing to rely on an adult, and the addition of a washing machine (but no dryer) may only serve to muddy the lessons for families who aren't yet asking preschoolers to help wash clothes. In the end, it's not the deepest learning opportunity, but it will entertain kids in the target age group and provide some education along the way. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their bath-time routine. How is it similar to bath time in Dr. Panda Bath Time? How is it different?

  • Do you think Dr. Panda Bath Time is a good app for learning? Why, or why not? What did you learn? 

  • How do you like this app as compared with other apps you could play? If you had or have limited screen time, would you pick this app over other apps on your device? Why, or why not?

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