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Dr. Panda's Hospital

Easy, intuitive app teaches young kids medical care basics.
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What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn basic, age-appropriate information about health and medical procedures, as well as practice basic sequencing. For example, a patient starts in the waiting room, moves to a patient room, has a medical test or procedure, and then they are better. Kids also learn about the body, emotional awareness, and empathy for patients. Kids can learn that doctors, hospitals, and procedures don't have to be scary. Dr. Panda's Hospital is a cute way for little kids to learn about health care but could offer more feedback.

Ease of play

Very easy to play. This app is so intuitive and clearly geared toward young app users that there aren't many prompts, instructions, or tutorials because they're just not necessary. By trial and error, swiping and tapping, kids get visual cues for what to do next.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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A More Apps tab on the main screen takes kids out of the app to purchase other Dr. Panda apps from the developer.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dr. Panda's Hospital is an interactive educational app that teaches preschool- and kindergarten-age kids a little bit about sequencing, anatomy, and health care as they pretend to work at a hospital. Mini-games (three in the free version, more in the paid version) prompt kids to help care for cute animals with different health problems. With just a swipe or a tap, kids give shots, measure blood pressure, adjust broken bones, and more.

What's it about?

The opening screen of Dr. Panda's Hospital looks like an emergency room waiting area filled with cute, sad-looking animals. Kids tap on the animal they'd like to help and are then transported into a hospital room. Tap again, and the animal's particular procedure pops up. Kids help reset bones by swiping on an X-ray, retrieve swallowed items with a magnet placed down the esophagus, or kill bacteria in a cow's belly. Kids choose which animals they'd like to help and earn stickers for curing them.

Is it any good?


DR. PANDA'S HOSPITAL is straightforward enough for little ones to play on their own and feel like they're really accomplishing tasks and helping the animated animals. Swiping, tapping, sorting, and moving are the basic requirements for gameplay. In addition to the main tasks in the 10 games, there are a few side activities, such as picking up trash in the hospital rooms, but they're not a core part of the game. Overall, this is a cute app for simple learning fun.

Families can talk about...

  • If your kids have a pretend doctor kit, teach them the names of all the tools so they can identify them on the app.

  • Talk with kids about the emotions the animals may be feeling in the waiting room, and during their "treatment." Help kids connect this to their own lives by asking how they felt during a time they've needed medical treatment.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Subjects:Math: sequences
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, deduction
Emotional Development: empathy, handling stress
Health & Fitness: body awareness
Release date:August 7, 2012
Size:64.20 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up

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Teen, 17 years old Written byraycui August 25, 2012


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Parent of a 3 year old Written byLinnielin August 22, 2012

Very cute and quite fun

This is a one of the best apps i bought for my kid. It caught her attention immediately, and kept her amused for 2 hours straight afterwards! It has a long playing value, definitely worth the money.
Parent of a 3 year old Written bymaggy12 August 20, 2012

Great app for my younger one

a beautiful game for our younger ones. Cute figures make them laugh and learn.
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