A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Jake's Never Land Pirate School includes four games -- Sailing, Pirate Band, Map & Spyglass, and Pixie Dust Class -- that kids who are fans of the Disney show of the same name will likely find festive, fun, and just challenging enough to hold their attention. In Sailing Class, kids tilt the mobile device to navigate their ship around buoys and practice colors. In others, they trace pixie dust to form shapes; tap out raucous pirate drum beats, use a spyglass to discover treasure, and more. Your kid gets to become the most adorable part of the app when you take his or her photo and size it in the app to fit the cartoon pirate body on the app.
What's it about?
Jake and the Never Land Pirates is an app that includes the popular characters from the Disney show of the same name. There are no scary pirates here, just a lot of pirate-themed fun and colorful games. When kids win one level of any of the four games, they get to go hunting in online sand for gold doubloons and practice counting through the reward. When you capture or import a photo of your child into the app, his or her face will appear on the body of the pirate character who plays the games onscreen.
Is it any good?
JAKE'S NEVER LAND PIRATE SCHOOL is so cute it almost makes pirates seem like sweethearts instead of outlaws. Games include basic preschool and kindergarten skills such as tracing and naming shapes, counting, and following directions. There's just enough challenge on this game to keep young kids interested and let parents know they're learning something. It's also nice to see the option of a boy or girl pirate character for equal opportunity employment in Jake's version of harmless piracy.
Talk to your kids about ...
Help your kid create his or her pirate character using their photo.
View the "Captain's Log" to check on your kid's progress and see which of the four games he or she may not be choosing to continue to play. It may be a clue into a skill your child needs your help with on- and off-screen.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, writing
Math: counting, shapes
Arts: music, rhythm
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: May 31, 2012
- Category: Education
- Topics: Pirates
- Size: 90.20 MB
- Publisher: Disney
- Version: 1.0.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.1 or later
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