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Joyland - Kids Learning Games

By Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Lots of learning games; illogical mix of skills.

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Colorful and engaging platform is sure to engage little ones with a wide variety of educational games, but the mix of skills don't always make sense. Joyland - Kids Learning Games offers little ones a variety of topics to choose from, guaranteeing that there is something for all interests and a range of abilities. Some games tap into problem solving and recall, while other games address content specific skills. Kids will be able to explore content-heavy topics such as time and money, and can then switch to Pet Care or Dino Hospital and take a little brain break with open play and creativity. The platform is colorful and designed with simplicity in mind, making it kid friendly. There aren't many buttons or settings to complicate navigation, making easier for little ones to use on their own. Most of the games are quite intuitive or have clear written and spoken prompts that guide kids through playing.

The variety and range of games offered by Joyland - Kids Learning Games allows kids to grow into the app. They can start off with simple letter, number, or puzzles games and grow into spelling, word family, and math games. Although the app casts a wide in order to ensures all kids find something that speaks to them, the leveling up in certain games doesn’t always make developmental sense. For example, in Coin Learning a game may start with kids dragging letters to spell the name of a coin, complete a pattern with coins, or match the face of a coin with its value and then demand that they make change or add coins – all within one game. The sequence moves too quickly and taps into a range of content standards that are not representative of what’s developmentally appropriate for a preschooler or Kindergartner. This may cause frustration or may cause kids to lose interest in the game. Grownups may want to help little ones through the more complex games that require more advanced knowledge. Little ones may not be able to discern which games are age appropriate and may need guidance in choosing a game that is just right for them. The games themselves are opportunities for kids to practice and expand on what they know. The app doesn't offer explicit tutorials or lessons. Some basic skills, like letter sounds, are embedded and easy enough for kids to pick up, but others are not. If kids don't have knowledge of how to add or subtract, Coin Learning isn't teaching them how to do so with money. Rather, it presents opportunities for them to implement and refine what they already know or have started to learn. Although Joyland – Kids Learning Games provides an engaging platform where little ones can practice a variety of skills, it doesn't replace the valuable skills reinforced through real life experiences, including fine motor skills and visual-spatial reasoning.

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