Dr. Panda - Learn & Play

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Early learning videos and play-based games for preschoolers.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn a bit about numbers, shapes, colors, basic phonics, and more. Majority of content is video-based educational content. Few activities are hands-on.

Ease of Play

Preschool-friendly on-screen hints guide kids in how to play.

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Kids hear "get your parents to help unlock more fun" when they try to access subscriber content from the free version.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dr. Panda - Learn & Play is an early-learning subscription app, payable yearly or monthly. Some content is available for free, with the subscriber-only options displayed with a lock. The content is a mix of videos, educational games, and play. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in that matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

DR. PANDA - LEARN & PLAY lets kids explore Dr. Panda's house, playing a variety of games in different rooms as well as watching short videos and interacting with the environment. Games cover concepts like colors, shapes, and counting as well as fun activities like blowing up balloons, bouncing balls, or stacking blocks. Each room has interactive elements for play and teaching facts (like a globe that spins while Dr. Panda reads a card that says the earth is round). There are also read-alouds of board books as play options. Video content includes concepts like colors and letters as well as social stories about restaurants, doctors, brushing teeth, and riding the bus.

Is it any good?

Preschoolers learn basics like colors, counting, shapes, and problem-solving through simple games and videos in a playful house filled with fun animal characters. Kids learn through play, so this format is both effective and engaging for young learners. The subscription content is mostly video, just like kids would watch on TV -- interactive questioning but no interactive screen responses. The games are quick to offer hints, too, so this may be better suited to younger preschoolers. Kids will find fun surprises throughout the house, too. They can stack blocks in the living room, open the fridge in the kitchen, or turn on the TV to find the video selection. Overall, it's a fun way for kids to learn some basic early-learning concepts, though it'll be most effective if parents play with kids and help them transfer learning offline.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what kids notice while playing Dr. Panda - Learn & Play. Ask questions about what kids are doing as they play to build verbal and social skills. What's that color? Where else do you see it?

  • Encourage kids to take some of the activities they see in the app offscreen -- like dress-up or sorting and picking up objects. How can you keep playing this game when we close the tablet?

  • Point out colors and shapes you encounter throughout your day. Count items out loud. Talking to your kid about their online play helps kids transfer their learning.

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