Dr. Panda's Airport
What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- solving puzzles
- thinking critically
- handling stress
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will find mini-games scattered throughout the airport as they explore. The 10 mini-games give kids lots of fun content to enjoy. Lags in screen changes are a bit distracting and require some patience.
Just as they'd see on a visit to an international airport, kids will see diversity of dress and culture (although some attire is more traditional and not what a modern-day person is likely to wear on a flight). Role playing the checkpoints of getting on a plane can help kid prepare for a trip and know what to expect.
Visual cues guide kids through play, so there are no reading or language barriers. Wrong matches or moves are not penalized at all; kids just continue exploring until they get make the right move.
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.
Families can talk 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.