Kiddopia - Early Learning Adventures

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Multi-age mashup entertains, but pressures to buy.

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age 2+
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids will explore all sorts of preschool learning content, including numbers and letters, spelling, memory games, jigsaw puzzles, sorting, shapes, and colors. No logical progression of skills. 

Ease of Play

With so many different games and activities, young kids may have trouble switching gears. Some games have better tutorials or feedback than others. Hints aren't always available when they should (e.g., in the puzzle activities).

Violence & Scariness

No explicit violence, but one activity involves "helping" the doctor by injecting a needle into a patient. Another has kids helping a police officer by compiling a sketch of a suspect. 

Sexy Stuff

There is some tight/clingy clothing, especially in the Pixie Dust Spa and Salon.

Language
Consumerism

There's a lot of pressure to subscribe if you haven't already done so. Locked content is marked as such, but still appears with unlocked content. In some cases, there's locked content within a game; kids will be in the middle of a multi-step activity and learn that they can't progress unless they subscribe. The parent gate requires swiping with two fingers.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of activities require giving medical care (acting as a vet, helping a doctor). In one, kids are asked to give medicine using a syringe and in other forms.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kiddopia - Early Learning Adventures is a collection of games that are also available as stand-alone apps. While there's sample content available for free, parents should expect a lot of pressure to buy: The app tells kids to ask parents to subscribe, and locked content is visible to kids. Subscriptions start at $4.99 per month, or you can subscribe for a year for $34.99. The activities in this game target a wide range of ages; some are geared toward toddlers and preschoolers with nursery rhymes, very simple puzzles, and alphabet games, while others appeal to a slightly older crowd with addition, subtraction, spelling, and so on. Since parents can't turn specific activities on or off, this may be a challenge for little ones who find themselves over their heads. The characters are diverse, including around race/ethnicity and gender. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared. 

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Uncle Written byGarry G. January 30, 2018

Best one Gift for Kids !!!

I bought the one-year subscription for Kiddopia as a gift for my Brother's baby on his third birthday, three months ago. He loved the free trial his mom ha... Continue reading

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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? 

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