Dr. Panda Farm
By Mieke VanderBorght,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Mini-games follow fresh food items from farm to screen.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about what it takes to make or produce some fresh food items using basic organizational and problem-solving skills to fulfill customers' wishes. Dr. Panda Farm presents kids with a sweetly simplified idea of what it takes to get good food from the ground to the store shelves.
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It's not always obvious what kids are supposed to do, and tap zones also aren't always responsive.
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What’s It About?
Kids help out on DR. PANDA FARM, producing farm-fresh foodstuffs such as eggs, honey, salad, milk, and bread for customers at the farm store. Visit farm areas to do things like pick fruit from the trees, mash it up, boil it, and fill up jar after jar. Or water wheat, harvest it, put it through the mill to make flour, roll out the dough, and stick it in the oven. Produce five foodstuffs, and Dr. Panda whisks everything off to the farmer's market. Fill up customers' baskets by reading their thought bubbles, and earn points to unlock new areas of the farm.
Is It Any Good?
This digital farm is brimming with charm and attempts to let kids experience food production without getting dirty or waking up at the crack of dawn. Understanding where food comes from is an important aspect to kids' health and community awareness, so it's really neat to follow the process from the beginning to the final product in the store. Though kids must complete several steps along the way toward producing each item, the game does oversimplify what it takes to make jam or collect and jar honey, and kids may find it frustrating that it can take some trial and error to figure out exactly what they're supposed to do in each game. Some kids -- especially younger ones -- may not have the patience to collect 20 eggs or make five salads in an effort to satisfy customers' requests. Overall, however, the graphics are fun, the games give a good general sense of farm practices, and kids can enjoy running the farmer's market.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how different food items arrive on the shelf in the stores. Did you realize there was so much work behind making a jar of jam? Think about some other favorite food items and trace back through their origins. Compare fresh items made from original food sources with those made in laboratories.
Visit a farm or farmer's market. See first-hand how a cow gets milked. Or taste a freshly picked peach. Talk to the farmers or store workers about the part they play in bringing your food to you.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Hobbies: gardening
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, Health & Fitness: balanced diet
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: July 21, 2016
- Category: Education
- Topics: Horses and Farm Animals
- Publisher: Dr. Panda Ltd
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
- Last updated: January 23, 2019
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