Parents' Guide to

Dr. Panda School

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Open-ended, creative play rules in this virtual school.

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This sweet school setting gives kids a decent backdrop to inspire their imaginations. The graphics, props, and silly animal characters are generally appropriate for young kids, though some parents might wonder why there are TV screens in the hallway and cafeteria. Being able to interact a bit more with the objects would enhance the experience; for instance, how about being able to actually open a book to read it or create a drawing in it? It would also be nice for kids to be able to document their stories in some way, such as by taking photos, making videos, or creating drawings. And, while open-ended creative play is golden for kids, the question remains whether the digital setting really is the best way for kids to engage in pretend play. Though there's a decent set of material here to give kids a wide set of possibilities, they are still limited to what the game designers have programmed.

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