Hungry Caterpillar Play School

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Engaging learning games, parent tips via subscription.

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age 2+
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Subjects include counting, sequencing, and puzzles; pre-reading and emergent reader skills; following directions; art. Each activities section includes a parent video that explains that section and provides related offscreen activities to do with your kid.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Art feature may be frustrating for young kids whose fine motor skills are still developing.

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Sexy Stuff
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Consumerism

Full content requires subscription (monthly or annually). There's a parent gate-protected area that includes a "sweepstakes" that parents can enter to win.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hungry Caterpillar Play School is a subscription-based early-education app for kids age 2 to 6. Fans of Eric Carle books will recognize many of his characters in the songs, puzzles, games, books, and more. Brief videos for parents in each play section show ideas for how parents can continue the learning with their kids offline. To access the app's full content -- which is updated monthly with new activities -- parents will need to subscribe via in-app purchase. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To use HUNGRY CATERPILLAR PLAY SCHOOL, choose one of five areas of activities. A parent tutorial encourages parents to play with their kids first (and then suggests that kids play 10 to 15 minutes, twice daily). Tap on shapes and colors, and choose from six activities. Tap on the ABC chalkboard, and choose from three activity areas: the alphabet song, lowercase letters, or uppercase letters. To choose from four areas -- songs, counting, sequencing, and size/shapes -- tap on the abacus. There are also books and art supplies to decorate Eric Carle-inspired animals. Parents can also tap the arrow to view the parent tips video in all areas.

Is it any good?

This is a marvelous learning app for kids from toddler to kindergarten age because of its range and content. Hungry Caterpillar Play School shows Eric Carle's sweet, colorful, and eye-catching animal characters as animated features in the games. Many of the games and all of the songs are appropriate for kids at the younger end of the suggested age range (2-6), while the books can serve as an excellent progression for many kids who will read them independently by age 6. Most of the games give kids a visual lesson on what to do and a try-it before they start the actual game. Also, the parent tips offer easy ways for parents to engage in learning activities with their kid offscreen. The only part of Hungry Caterpillar Play School that's a bit disappointing, surprisingly, is the art area. The painting tool doesn't offer young kids much accuracy, which could be very frustrating for young kids whose fine motor skills are not yet developed, and the Carle-like collage option is even less detailed. Still, this app is likely to become a daily favorite for many young learners, especially Carle fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the activities your kids enjoy on Hungry Caterpillar Play School. Ask them why they like the games that they play most. Play some of the games with them that they seem to ignore or avoid.

  • Read some Eric Carle books together and see if you and your kid notice some of the same characters from this app. Who do you see? What are they doing?

  • View and try some of the parent activities that the videos on this app suggest. What else can you do to continue the learning offscreen?

App details

For kids who love preschool apps and picture books

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