Left Right Pup

App review by
Cynthia Chiong, Common Sense Media
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Simple app gives kids lots of practice with left and right.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to distinguish between left and right -- a basic but sometimes confusing skill. Kids associate the word they hear to the relative direction by tapping on the appropriate side of the screen and seeing the dog or surfer move. Furthermore, kids can hone their observation skills by spotting the objects. Left Right Pup is a simple game without much instruction, but it allows kids to practice an important concept.

Ease of Play

There are no initial instructions or guidance for what to do. But once kids figure it out, it's easy to navigate.

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What 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.

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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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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For kids who love learning while playing

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