A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
KIDDOPIA - EARLY LEARNING ADVENTURES is a collection of more than seven games and activities designed to entertain and educate kids. There are educational videos for little kids, animated jigsaw puzzles, and animal games that encourage nurturing (feeding, medical care, grooming), as well as more academic pursuits (letters, spelling, etc.). By helping doctors, mechanics, and police officers in the Community Helpers game, kids can simulate real life. They can whip up their favorite foods in the Junior Chef's Cafe and pamper guests at the Pixie Dust Spa and Salon (hair, makeup, nails, etc.). Candytown Preschool has a range of early math and literacy skills activities, including counting, sorting, colors, shapes, and letters. And you never quite know what you'll find in Alex the Explorer (in one game, we helped him replace some light bulbs).
Is it any good?
With a wealth of activities, this will certainly keep kids entertained, but the lack of focus and the pressure to subscribe are drawbacks. Kiddopia - Early Learning Adventures certainly has something for everyone, but that may also be its downfall. It feels confusing, and it's hard to determine the exact intended audience. Moreover, some of the activities are just a bit much for the age level. Administering needle injections, cleaning fleas, applying pimple cream, and working as a police sketch artist are pursuits that some parents may prefer to hold for more mature kids. For families who do enjoy the content, there's a lot of it, making the subscription fee a lot more palatable. Those who like just a few of the activities may find it makes more sense to purchase those apps separately from the collection.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about real vs. pretend in general and in Kiddopia - Early Learning Adventures. Which activities seem like real things you could do? Which ones seem like they are for using our imaginations only?
Talk about using devices to learn. Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why, or why not? What can you learn?
Talk about in-app purchases and how/if kids can request purchases from an adult. What are the family rules?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, naming, reading
Math: addition, grouping, shapes
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, memorization, solving puzzles
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try (free to try, one week trial, $4.99/month, $34.99/year, or $41.99 for a lifetime unlock)
- Subscription price: $2.92-$4.99/month
- Release date: August 18, 2017
- Category: Education
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along, Numbers and Letters, Wild Animals
- Size: 530.00 MB
- Publisher: Paper Boat Apps
- Version: 1.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.1 or later
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