Freckleface Strawberry Dreamtime Playtime

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Early-math practice with cute, simple games.

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Educational Value

Kids can practice counting, identifying characteristics, and matching on Freckleface Strawberry Dreamtime Playtime. As kids count her freckles and then apply that information to selecting the corresponding numeral, kids are practicing cardinality as well. When choosing the requested piece of clothing on Freckleface's friends, kids are honing their visual discernment skills and learning part-whole relationships. Freckleface Strawberry Dreamtime Playtime uses imaginative ways to get kids thinking about and practicing math skills. 

Ease of Play

Very easy to play. Choose from the three games, then follow the verbal instructions. The on-screen numbers and images are clear and inviting. 

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The Freckleface Strawberry books, website, and musical are lightly promoted on this app.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Freckleface Strawberry Dreamtime Playtime is an early-math concepts game for kids who are ready to practice math skills such as counting, identifying common characteristics in a scene, and matching objects. Just as in the first Freckleface Strawberry app, Freckleface Strawberry Monster Maker, this app begins with an intro story. Freckleface Strawberry tells kids how much she loves using her imagination at bedtime and introduces some of the things she imagines, all of which are related to the games kids will play on the app. Kids count freckles, identify her friends' clothing items, and match objects on "coins" to pay the cute monster at a store.

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What's it about?

Watch and listen to the intro story, then choose from one of three games. Tap on the freckle-counting, friend-clothing-identifying, or monster-store game icon. In the freckles game, watch the colored dots appear on her face, and then tap on them to count and select the corresponding numeral. Tap a home page icon to return to the other game choices. In the friends game, tap on the item of clothing requested in the question ("Who's wearing a coat?"). The store game asks kids to pay for monster items with monster money by matching images.

Is it any good?

FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY DREAMTIME PLAYTIME approaches math concepts from the point of view of Freckleface Strawberry's bedtime imagination games. This angle makes for an effective way to take the stress out of practicing counting, matching, and identifying characteristics. Freckleface Strawberry asks kids, "What dream do you want to have?" An invitation to choose a math game doesn't get much more inviting that that. Kids experience the fact that math skills can -- and should -- be integrated into life in ways that don't always directly involve written, numbers-based problems. Young learners can focus on the fun. There's also a parents' page for more ideas on teaching early-math concepts. The Monster Mode can be turned off for kids who don't like monsters.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Count objects with your kid in everyday life. Ask your kid how many fingers they have; when in the car, ask how many shoes everyone in the car is wearing; and when at the store, ask how many apples are in the bag you just put into the grocery cart.

  • Play the "I Spy" game to increase visual discernment, identification of characteristics in objects, and classification skills. For example, at home choose an object (such as a dog toy) and say, "I spy with my little eye something that is round and pink." Your child will scan the room, run to find it, and point with glee when you affirm they've guessed correctly.

  • Encourage your kid to play games (such as making a pretend grocery store) that include organizing and categorizing lots of different objects in fun, imaginative ways. 

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For kids who love math and early-childhood apps

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