A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
Kids who want a puppy can get a small taste of animal care with KAZU ADVENTURES. Kids start in the living room with Kazu the husky puppy, his dog bed, and a ball. Kazu may ask to go somewhere, like a trip to the vet or to the grocery store, by way of a thought bubble over his head. He also has a set of meters that let kids know if he needs care (grooming), sleep, food, or medical attention. Kids can use Kazu's requests, the meters, or their own preference to decide what to do next. If they head to the grocery store, they'll choose items (e.g., a red ball) to scan at the register and then get a pile of coins to use to pay. The easy level asks for one item, while the medium and hard levels ask for two. If there are two items, kids will need to add their prices to get the final amount owed. The hard level uses decimals in quarter increments. If kids head to the park, they'll need to run along a path picking up objects while avoiding obstacles (i.e., incorrect objects). The vet asks kids to choose items, such as a red stethoscope. The easy level has pictures of the item, the medium level has pictures and written names, and the hard level uses just the written names. If Kazu wants a bath, kids will find that to be much like the vet, but with bath-related items.
Is it any good?
Learning how to care for a pet is an important life skill, but this app leaves out one important part: interaction. Kids learn that their pet needs food, exercise, a bath, toys, and occasionally medical care, but there's no way to play with Kazu. Kids can tap on him when he's at home and he'll bark, but if they toss his ball, he gives no reaction. The educational games in Kazu Adventures are solid, but kids might want elements that are more playful and full of puppy-related fun.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about taking care of a pet in real life and in Kazu Adventures. What are some responsibilities that come with taking care of a dog?
Talk with kids about money. Show them how to figure out what something costs, and what each bill and coin are worth. Practice by doing pretend shopping trips with items around the house and play money.
Discuss learning with apps. Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why or why not? What can you learn?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, letter or word recognition
Math: addition, counting, money
- Skills: Emotional Development: empathy
- Price: $3.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: January 28, 2018
- Category: Educational Games
- Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice
- Size: 41.70 MB
- Publisher: Broad Innovation Tek
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
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