A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Fishing With Grandpa presents kids with mini-cognitive challenges while mimicking two precious childhood experiences: spending time with a loving, patient grandpa and participating in activities in nature. Kids identify quantity and color, complete puzzles, learn the names of different kinds of fish, catch fish and reel them in, and more. Caught fish continue to swim in a net, so kids don't see them die, but the game involves hooks and lures, which may prompt questions from kids who haven't been fishing. Parents can choose which mini-games are included to customize play for their kids. Once kids complete a set of activities, the game automatically starts again from the beginning, so parents will have to find natural stopping points for turning off the game.
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What's it about?
Go FISHING WITH GRANDPA and catch some fish! Pick a lure, cast the line, hook the fish, and then measure it and put it in a living collection. Along the way, kids complete mini-games in which they hand grandpa a particular item he requests from a collection (such as bug spray or water), help a crab through a maze, tap only the fish of a certain color or groups of a certain number of fish, spot the one item that's different from the others, and put together a puzzle. Each round of activities introduces a new fish type and includes a short live-action video of something fishing-related.
Is it any good?
Kids exercise a variety of general basic learning skills on a sweet fishing trip with this lovable grandpa. As with other apps in the Grandma and Grandpa series, the best part of Fishing With Grandpa is grandpa himself. He's a wonderfully patient, encouraging figure who gently guides kids through the games. The games themselves cover a variety of early learning topics, but they are so short and cycle through so quickly that they barely touch the surface. Parents can conveniently choose which activities to include, though kids don't get much of a chance to dig deeply into anything. The fishing theme is a great way to tie everything together, though the quick pace is a bit at odds with the patience needed for fishing; however, the actual fishing activity can be tricky, as the fish swim away when the hook gets close, so kids will need some perseverance. It's grandpa who really shines as he guides kids through the shallow games and gives them a high five when they get one on the hook.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what's special about spending time with grandparents or other loved ones outside the immediate family.
Help kids find out more about fish (types of fish, habitats), and about going fishing.
Find an activity your kid loves to do outside: collecting leaves, blowing bubbles, walking in the woods, looking for bugs, and the like.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: vocabulary
Math: counting, measurement, numbers
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: October 6, 2015
- Category: Education
- Topics: Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- Size: 51.50 MB
- Publisher: Fairlady Media
- Version: 1.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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