Fisher Price: See 'n Say

 

Learning(i)

Colorful adaptation of classic toy adds factual videos.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Kids tap to spin, and the app automatically returns to the spin screen after a short animal video plays. Kids can tap the arrow and shake the device to see more animal choices.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

The app is an adaptation of a toy kids may want. A link to more apps is hidden behind the parent-accessible section, protected with a passcode problem. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

A summary of the privacy policy is included in the information link in the parent section. No personal contact information is requested from children. Usage data is collected and may be shared with marketers.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fisher Price: See 'n Say adapts the classic children's toy for a mobile device, adding videos of the animals in their habitats. It's simple enough that toddlers can explore on their own and not get stuck. In addition to hearing the sound the animal makes, kids also see a short video clip of the animal and hear facts about it.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • animals

Hobbies

  • pets

Skills

Communication

  • listening

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The video quality is a bit grainy, but the design of the spinner mimics the classic game really well. Kids will get a kick out of spinning and learning about animals just like their parents did -- but kids today get a little extra with the multimedia.

Learning Approach

The four video clips for each animal give kids quick but detailed information about each animal, so kids get a depth of understanding. Kids are empowered to choose which animal they learn about, or they can let the spinner decide.

Support

Toddlers and preschoolers will be able to navigate without any help.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • animals

Hobbies

  • pets

Skills

Communication

  • listening

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn about different animals with Fisher Price: See 'n Say. They'll learn the names of the animals and the sounds they make. They'll see the animal in its habitat and learn what the babies are called, what the animals eat, and other interesting facts. Farm animals, such as cows, horses, pigs, goats, and sheep, are included, as are pets such as cats and dogs; wild animals such as eagles and frogs; and fowl such as chicken, turkeys, and ducks. Fisher Price: See 'n Say does a beautiful job of recreating a beloved children's toy and uses technology to improve on the classic by adding educational video clips.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

What's it about?

On a colorful screen that looks just like the See 'n Say toy, kids tap the spinner (or tap the animal they want the spinner to land on). They'll hear the sound the animal makes when they tap it and then see a short video clip (about five seconds long) of the animal in its habitat and hear some interesting facts. Each animal has four videos. Two groups of animals are included, and kids can tap the arrow or shake the device to get to the second set. They'll learn about ducks, pigs, chickens, sheep, cows, horses, frogs, eagles, cats, goats, turkeys, and dogs.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

FISHER PRICE: SEE 'N SAY is totally toddler-friendly. The controls are easy for them to maneuver -- they can randomly tap, and the spinner will spin and choose an animal, and the video clip will automatically play. Little ones will love seeing and hearing the animals, and older preschoolers will appreciate the tidbits they learn about each animal. The videos are a bit grainy, but each lasts only a few seconds, just right for a toddler's attention span. It's a good choice for toddlers to explore on their own or together with a sibling or parent.

Families can talk about...

  • Play "What does the ____" say with your toddler. It's a classic that never gets old!

  • If possible, visit a farm or petting zoo so your toddler can see some of the animals featured in the game -- and maybe even touch them.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:February 13, 2014
Category:Kids Games
Topics:Cats, dogs, and mice, Horses and farm animals, Science and nature, Wild animals
Size:74.40 MB
Publisher:IDEO LLC
Version:2.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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