Fiete - A day on a farm

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Adorable day-in-the-life teaches importance of daily tasks.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about the typical tasks involved during a day on a farm and about responsibility. They also can gain an understanding of the passage of time within a day. Though the interactive elements are simple and fairly short, there are enough of them to give kids a sense of how much the farmers have to do in one day and how they divide the chores. Though not every task is true to life -- such as cleaning the pigs -- most could be actual activities a farmer would do. Unlike other similar apps, Fiete – A day on the farm has a cohesive narrative overflowing with charm.

Ease of Play

Preschoolers likely won't have trouble, but audio or visual directions could help.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fiete – A day on a farm is a free-play exploration tool that teaches kids about the daily tasks on a farm. Kids swipe the screen to move from sunrise to sunset throughout the farm and tap on certain graphics to help the farmers complete simple tasks such as gathering apples or cutting wood. Kids can follow in chronological order, or they can explore and go back and forth to different parts of the day.

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What's it about?

FIETE – A DAY ON THE FARM begins with a scene of a boat on the water at dawn. Kids tap on a clock and are taken to a bedroom where three farmers are sleeping. Once kids wake the farmers by tapping, they can continue with the tasks of the day: gathering eggs, milking cows, sawing wood, feeding pigs, shearing sheep, collecting hay, and so on. As kids swipe the screen, time passes. There are interactive elements for each part of the day -- morning, noon, and evening -- and kids tap on an element to complete the task. For example, when kids tap on the tractor, they're taken to a screen in which they have to drive the tractor around the farm. The open-play platform allows kids to freely explore and return to any task they wish, though check marks indicate which chores they've already completed.

Is it any good?

Walking through the farmers' day is a fun way for kids to explore farm life and gain an understanding of the passage of time. It also teaches them that tasks are important but that they also can be fun. The art is simple and charming, and the number of activities is limited but expansive enough to keep kids engaged. Its cohesion also is a bonus, as the interactive elements aren't disjointed and form a full day. Because there's no guidance, some kids might have to poke around a bit before figuring out some of the tasks. One more level of interactivity for each task would be great; for example, after kids saw the wood, they could stack it. Also, more emphasis on time, such as presenting kids with a clock that tells time, could give the learning experience a bit of a boost. Overall, though, this is a sweet introduction to farm life for little ones.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about tasks or chores and why they're important and what tasks we do at certain times of the day.

  • Talk about the importance of farming and how it provides people with important resources such as fruits, vegetables, milk, and wool.

  • Encourage your kid to create a story about the day on the farm and the chores the characters complete.

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