A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, solving puzzles
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try (. 7-day free trial available.)
- Release date: August 26, 2020
- Category: Education
- Topics: Numbers and Letters, Ocean Creatures, Wild Animals
- Size: 435.90 MB
- Publisher: Genesis Media Limited
- Version: 2.6.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.3 or later; 4.1 and up
- Last updated: October 20, 2020
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