A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn that eating food is important. The intended message is that kids should finish all the food on their plates. Indeed, kids are rewarded with a silly animal trick when they feed animals all the food, though the clean-your-plate message may not transfer well to kids' own behavior or be welcome in all families. Kids may learn a bit about what different animals like to eat: The seal gets fish, the lion a steak, the monkey some bananas, and so on. Jogo Circus Animals - Finishing your plate of food is fun! is mostly silly fun, though kids may learn something about how eating helps us do tasks, particularly if parents help highlight that message.
Ease of Play
Play involves simply tapping around the screen, though it's not always obvious where and when kids should tap to make something happen.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few mild, veiled references to smoking or drinking. A lion who plays reggae music smokes a bubble pipe, and there are "wine" bottles in the background of one of the animal's settings.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Nice graphics, great music, and silly animal tricks are the highlights in this quick ebook with a somewhat abstract and old-school learning goal. The animal tricks and accompanying music, though short, will make little kids giggle. Parents playing along will get a kick out of the musical superstar impersonations, such as Amy (Winehouse) the Dog or Freddie (Mercury) the giraffe. It may frustrate some kids that it's not always obvious where they should tap to make something happen, though it shouldn’t take long for them to figure things out. Even though the narrator asks kids whether they finish all the food on their plates, kids will need help applying the lesson in real life if parents want them to; however, the message doesn't fit for every family, and it seems a bit outdated in terms of what we know about healthy eating practices.
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