Fishing With Grandpa

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Reel in basic skills and fishing vocab with a gentle guide.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn a little about a lot of things: They'll pick out fish by discriminating color or quantity; they'll learn some fishing vocabulary through identifying objects and watching short live-action videos; they'll explore basic measurement; and they'll work on problem solving, critical thinking, and attention to detail with a puzzle, a maze, and a spot-the-difference task. In terms of fishing, they'll learn some names of different kinds of fish (pike, trout, salmon) and about casting a line, hooking the fish, and reeling it in. Though the learning is relatively wide and shallow, Fishing With Grandpa offers a patient adult, learning-related games, and an intro to fishing -- minus the slimy worms.

Ease of Play

Games are accessible, though if kids don't get it right away, there is some directional help. Catching fish can be tricky.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

A small icon on the home screen takes users to a short commercial featuring another app from the same developer and a list of additional apps from the same developer.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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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Parent of a 5, 5, and 9-year-old Written bySara-Elizabeth C. May 7, 2018

My son keeps coming back.

My girls have been very linguistic, academically inclined, early readers (one VERY early), etc. My boy would rather find something to climb and jump off of. H... Continue reading

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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.

App details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love preschool apps and being outside

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