Hopster: Pre school Learning
By Christy Matte,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Cute, curated content with monthly fee; only light learning.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Plenty of educational content available in the videos, though only passive learning. Included games and activities lack instructions and help, have no difficulty leveling, and don't always emphasize what kids should be learning.
Ease of Play
Some games are lacking in clear instructions, and some have no instructions at all. Kids need to be able to tap, swipe, and drag.
Violence & Scariness
Some videos contain friendly monsters such as Moshi Monsters and Monster Math Squad, which most kids will find cute and silly. Others, like the Reading Rainbow series, are age-appropriate but may have trigger content for some young kids, such as a story of a child with a parent in the military and some bossy siblings and kids who won't share.
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Products & Purchases
Some of the shows are related to highly commercial brands, such as Moshi Monsters.
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Hopster: Pre school Learning
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What’s It About?
HOPSTER: PRE SCHOOL LEARNING is a media playground for preschool kids. It has a library of TV shows and music videos, available almost exclusively through the subscription service, and a handful of educational games, which require downloading before playing. There's a simple painting activity and a gardening game where kids can choose a seed, plant it, water it, and give it sun to make it grow. After three episodes, a prompt to do another activity will appear. Subscribers to the Hopster service can download content to their devices for offline viewing.
Is It Any Good?
This collection of videos and games is just right for a preschool audience, but it may not add much content for those with other streaming subscriptions. Hopster: Pre school Learning creates a safe space for preschoolers to explore video content and play. Many of the characters will be familiar, and it's useful to have a curated library that you can feel OK about for your little ones. The subscription fee isn't shocking, although it still may be a bit high for the play value over the course of a month, especially since many families already have streaming subscription services with their own curated content. And the videos on Hopster are filled with familiar characters; however, much of it can be found elsewhere online. There are a few fun activities, such as the painting and gardening experiences, and it's nice to be able to download content for offline viewing, but the included educational games are mediocre. However, urging kids to do another activity is a great touch, and the absence of ads boosts its value.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the cost of Hopster: Pre school Learning. What is available in the free portion? Is it fun even without the subscription? How do they convince you to spend money on it?
How do you like this app as compared to other apps you could play? If you had (or have) limited screen time, would you pick this app over other apps on your device? Why, or why not?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, Math: counting, numbers, shapes, Science: animals, plants
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles, strategy, Creativity: imagination, making new creations, Emotional Development: empathy, identifying emotions, labeling feelings, Communication: friendship building
- Pricing structure: Free to try ($7.99/month)
- Release date: February 8, 2021
- Category: Entertainment
- Topics: Adventures, Book Characters, Fairy Tales, Music and Sing-Along, Numbers and Letters
- Publisher: Hopster
- Version: 3.54.17
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later, Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: March 18, 2021
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