Keiki Preschool Learning Games

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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High-priced games, heavy on shortcomings, light on learning.

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Educational Value

Kids interact with basic early learning content such as colors, shapes, animals, and numbers.

Ease of Play

Most games are very simple. Some require tap and drag, which may be hard for some of the youngest kids.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Keiki Preschool Learning Games is a subscription-based collection of games with light learning content for young kids. Games follow themes such as domestic animals, transport, or holidays. Each game set includes some narrative instruction and a handful of interactive activities. At the time of this review, some technical difficulties, such as screen freezes, interfered with game play. The free download gives access to limited content, though to get to it parents need to find the small "continue with limited version" link on the subscription page. For full access, a subscription starts at $7.99/week and offers a seven-day free trial. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Parents set up KEIKI PRESCHOOL LEARNING GAMES by indicating their kid's age, signing up for a subscription, and navigating through a page asking for a review. After that, kids can browse through a menu of icons for sets of games that include a mix of animation and interactive activities. For example, tap on the plane icon under the transport theme to play games relating to planes including a puzzle, a spot the difference activity, and an avoid the obstacle runner game. Other games touch on common preschool learning themes such as numbers, letters, shapes, and colors.

Is it any good?

This collection of subscription-based activities has some valid learning content, but it's hidden amongst hollow games, words, categories that don't make sense -- and a high price tag. Game themes that focus on animals and modes of transportation will easily appeal to young kids. And some games -- such as one that asks kids to tap first on the biggest footprint, then one a little smaller, and so on -- cleverly and seamlessly integrate learning content. However, many games are uninspired (e.g., simple puzzles) or feel simply like a way to pass the time (e.g., endless runner, avoid the obstacle type activities). The structure around game organization works well, though often the narration uses odd phrasing or vocabulary that doesn't feel right for the target age range. And some game categories just don't make sense: There's nothing funny about the games in "funny games" or particularly challenging about the "challenge" activities, for example. Some technical issues also interfere with smooth game play. Starting with the intro screen where parents are supposed to choose how old their kid is but can't, there are also buttons on the screen don't always work, and screens also sometimes flat out freeze. With all these drawbacks, it's hard to justify the really high price tag.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the learning themes in Keiki Preschool Learning Games. Ask your kids to name the colors or animals they see in the games, or encourage them to count out loud with the narrator.

  • Play lots of games off screen to support basic preschool learning. Build, sort, label, and sing songs, recite nursery rhymes, and read books. Point out colors, shapes, types of movement, and directional words (for example, "inside," "behind," "in front of") in items you see around you.

  • Talk to your kids about screen-time limits. You can use the Common Sense Media guide to making a Family Media Agreement and Device Contract for guidance.

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