Left Right Pup
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Left Right Pup has one main goal -- to help kids learn the relative directions, left and right. Kids hear a direction spoken and must send a dog or a surfer the correct way to find objects. The practice and repetition help kids learn to associate their left or right with the correct direction. The game also requires kids to pay close attention to spot the objects. While the concept of the game is simple, there aren't any instructions, and figuring out what to do isn't intuitive at first.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
Health & Fitness
Engagement, Approach, Support
Succeeds in creating an environment in which kids can practice identifying relative directions left and right. Object-hunt feature is a nice motivating touch. The simplicity of the activity leaves something to be desired.
Kids learn by repeatedly associating left and right with the correct direction. The more kids practice, the more automatic the association becomes. Also, Left Right Pup provides plenty of practice.
The concept is simple, but there aren't any instructions, and figuring out what to do isn't intuitive at first. Scores or performance data aren't recorded, but the objects kids find are tracked, motivating them to keep playing.
What's it about?
In LEFT RIGHT PUP, kids choose from two scenarios: in the park, where they guide a dog, or on a beach, where they guide a surfer. In each round, kids hear the audio instruction, "left" or "right," and they must tap on the paw symbol on the left or right side of the screen. If kids choose correctly, the dog or surfer will move in that direction, and an object will pop up for kids to collect. The motivating goal is to collect all the objects.
Is it any good?
Left Right Pup succeeds in creating an environment where kids can practice identifying the relative directions left and right. The additional object-hunt feature is a nice motivating touch. However, the simplicity of the activity leaves something to be desired. More features such as difficulty level options, a scoring system, and additional goals or badges would accommodate kids of differing skill levels and boost engagement.
Families can talk about...
Sing and dance the Hokey Pokey with your kids to practice left and right; the movement encourages muscle memory.
Introduce your kids to the familiar trick of using their hands to figure out right and left. Have them hold both hands up, palms facing out with tips of thumbs touching, and point out how the left hand and thumb make an L.