Find Me! : Painting Zoo

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Simple preschool-skills practice with zany animal theme.

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Educational Value

Kids can work on some cognitive functions through simple games. Learning potential is limited, but kids must rely on short-term memory, observation, and quick reaction time. They'll also practice their fine motor skills.

Ease of Play

Each activity is clearly explained the first time it's opened. Kids need to be able to tap and drag with precision for most games.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Find Me! : Painting Zoo offers kids five simple activities in which they'll match, tap and drag, complete puzzles, and test their short-term memory. There's a timer running in the background, but there's no penalty for taking a long time. Kids will need to move objects around the screen with some level of precision to play the games. In settings, parents can turn off the music and or the sound effects. Kids can take screenshots of their game to send through the device's share options; to access the share screen, though, kids have to complete a simple math equation. Read the privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Swipe left or right to browse through five possible activities in FIND ME! : PAINTING ZOO. Kids match, pick, catch, drag, and complete simple puzzles with colorful animals. Match is a classic memory game; in Pick, kids finds the animal in a group that matches the target; Catch resembles Whac-A-Mole; Drag has kids dragging an animal to a target location; and Complete is a jigsaw puzzle. After the demo and a successful first round, the games go up a small notch in difficulty.

Is it any good?

Fun, wacky animals star in this small collection of simple and easily accessible mini-games. There's not much depth to the activities, nor are they particularly innovative, but they are cute,  easy to play, and well packaged. One thing to note: Not all of the elements in the games make sense. For instance, the timer adds a bit of pressure and excitement -- or anxiety, depending on the kid -- but doesn't seem to affect anything. Overall, Find Me! : Painting Zoo is a decent option for the little ones to play games with a light learning foundation.

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  • Families can talk about the games in Find Me! : Painting Zoo to draw attention to the skills kids are practicing as they play. To encourage them to explain each game in their own words, ask them what they have to do in the game.

  • Provide kids with lots of play-based opportunities to practice the foundational skills they'll need for school. Through books, conversation, songs, play dates, and carefully chosen toys, you can offer letter and number games, social skills practice, whole body movement and fine motor skills activities, and logic and reasoning challenges.

  • Play offscreen games that challenge kids' thinking. Have them sort or match (for example, match clean socks), play games that require attention (such as memory), or get them using fine motor skills (puzzles, beading, block play, drawing).

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, solving puzzles, spatial reasoning
  • Price: $.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: May 2, 2018
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 137.00 MB
  • Publisher: X lab., Inc
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: June 22, 2018

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