Dr. Panda's Airport

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Lots to explore in well-rounded airport game.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn what to expect on an airport visit. They'll put the passengers in line for several points, just like they'd experience at an airport, and they'll get an idea of the steps involved with checking in, boarding, and getting bags. Some of the mini-games include pre-reading and early math concepts like matching luggage, identifying letters, and solving mazes. Dr. Panda's Airport is a fun experience that can help prepare kids for air travel.

Ease of Play

Very preschool friendly with intuitive drag-and-tap controls. No written or verbal instructions, but visual cues prompt kids as they explore each part of the airport.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dr. Panda's Airport is a preschool-friendly experience that takes kids through the whole airport experience -- from walking through the metal detectors to cleaning the plane. Kids explore and discover since there are no verbal instructions,and visual cues help kids figure out what to do in each of the 10 mini-games. Each passenger represents cultural dress for a different region. Parents may also want to note that one mini-game uses Chinese coins in the pay phone so the denominations don't translate to U.S. coins, and the phone number dialed is an international number. 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 the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

DR. PANDA'S AIRPORT lets kids experience an airport visit behind the scenes. They'll stamp passports, man the security check-point, and drive passengers to the right gates. They'll clean and prep the plane, load the baggage, help passengers in baggage claim or in the lost and found, and of course -- land the planes. The games mimic real airport experiences, like helping passengers make their way through a roped-off maze-like line and making phone calls on a pay phone.

Is it any good?

Kids will find lots to explore and discover in DR. PANDA'S AIRPORT. Play is intuitive, but the transition between tapping an area to explore and starting to play is awkward and may lose short attention spans. The attention to detail is impressive, highlighting pretty much every experience in an airport. The rich content will entertain kids for quite a while as they discover new parts of the airport to explore. The Dr. Panda characters are dressed as travelers from around the world in "native" dress, which could be educational for kids who don't see much diversity in their community, but it also comes across just a bit stereotypical -- with the African hippo in dreads and a dashiki, the cow in a qipao, the monkey in a cowboy hat and Texas flag shirt, the bear in lederhosen, and the raccoon in a keffiyeh. The app was developed by a Chinese company, so the currency used in the pay phone may not be familiar to American kids learning U.S. currency, and the phone number they dial is an international number. Overall, there's a lot to learn and explore in Dr. Panda's Airport, and parents and kids can discuss cultural differences and similarities through play, just as they might address them in an international airport.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Prep preschoolers for air travel by playing Dr. Panda's Airport together and discussing the steps involved.

  • Take a field trip to an airport to let interested kids watch planes take off and land.

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