Fish School

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Learn basic ABCs and 123s with colorful fun fish pals.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about letters, numbers, shapes, and colors with Fish School. The learning is set in a fun and engaging theme of fish. The app presents activities that range from singing the ABC song and seeing letters (as formed by fish), to playing with the fish by tapping on them or holding them down to see what happens. However, forming the letters, numbers, and shapes with fish may not be best for learning because children at this age are may easily be distracted by the fish instead of paying attention to the shape that they form. Fish School is a cute app that gives young kids a little exposure to letters, numbers, and more.

Ease of Play

It's super easy for preschoolers and even toddlers to handle. They are the target audience.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fish School (or the high definition version for the iPad called Fish School HD) is an early learning app that reinforces knowledge of numbers, letters, shapes, and colors through fun and colorful play. The lessons reinforced here are very basic ones, though, and even kindergartners may feel they are too old for the app. For toddlers just beginning to get the knack of the ABC song, though, and preschoolers proud of their blossoming counting skills, this app is perfect. An HD version for the iPad has the same content, but comes with slightly better graphics.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2-year-old Written byjtoxx July 9, 2018

Confusing letter shapes

The letters created by the fish animations are really boxy, like a 1980's digital display. That, paired with the very busy animation, would make it impossi... Continue reading
Adult Written bybastiani July 3, 2012

beautiful exploratory design

As with all apps by this publisher, the interface is 100% exploratory. My 4 year old has enjoyed this app for over a year. It does have less content than some... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bykenny.smith46 September 2, 2010

What's it about?

In Fish School, kids can easily scroll through eight different activities. Instead of a main menu, kids just simply tap on a button that lets them switch between more active activities like spotting a different fish to more passive activities like watching the fish form numbers. Some activities are better for learning than others. Like with many apps by Duck Duck Moose, it's set to classical music and uses great pictures and effects that are engaging for preschoolers. Fish School is a simple game with minimal features, designed for young kids to explore and discover.

Is it any good?

FISH SCHOOL (or FISH SCHOOL HD) is designed incredibly well for toddlers and preschoolers who get a big kick out of interacting with colorful characters on the screen. The interface is so easy, and the graphics so vibrant and enticing, that little ones with simply want to play around with the undersea creatures (and there's a mode to let them do just that) -- but there are great early learning lessons that get reinforced through this play, and that's where the genius comes in. Whether they're watching the fish form letters, or tapping the ones that don't belong, or counting plastic eggs as they pop them open -- the kids are learning as they play.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Sing the ABC song together.

  • Talk about fish, letters, numbers, shapes, and colors in everyday context.

  • Provide letter magnets or other manipulatives that kids can play with to get more exposure to preschool concepts.

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