Little Builders - Truck, Crane & Digger for Kids

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Building fun with cute characters and impressive graphics.
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age 8+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn through play when they pretend they're construction workers handling construction vehicles. They'll learn what each vehicle does, working with a crane, a digger, a dump truck, and a concrete mixer. They'll develop fine motor skills as they guide objects and tools into place, and they'll learn cause and effect through actions such as wind blowing down bricks not secured with mortar and writing in wet cement and watching it dry. Little Builders - Truck, Crane & Digger for Kids lets preschoolers explore and learn, developing critical-thinking and verbal skills through play.

Ease of Play

Instead of written or verbal instructions, arrows guide kids where to tap and explore. Not every part of the town is interactive, though, and some of the actions involved (such as spreading mortar before each brick is laid) may be tricky for preschoolers to grasp.

Violence & Scariness

As part of the funny interactions with the construction workers, one man falls into a manhole and another throws paint balloons out a window at other painters. No one is injured, and it's meant to be silly.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

A logo link to other apps is briefly shown on the start page but is not accessible once kids are playing.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Little Builders - Truck, Crane & Digger for Kids is an open-play activity designed for preschoolers to operate construction vehicles and work with tools in a virtual world. Kids scroll through the three-dimensional town and choose which construction sites they want to work at. Arrows prompt them and show where to tap and touch. Though there are no written instructions or rules, kids do get a praise screen with cheering construction workers and stars when they complete the tasks correctly or almost correctly. Most of the construction crews are white men, but one black man and one white woman are included. 

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What's it about?

Preschoolers run the construction sites, digging rocks from a hole, pouring a slab foundation, laying bricks, building a roof, and painting a house. Some sites offer fun surprises, such as the ability to make snow angels and write in wet cement or throw paint-filled balloons at painters. Kids will use a crane for building a roof, use a digger, and drive a dump truck. As they play the role of a construction worker, life goes on in the town around them, with cars driving by and other workers waving and making funny noises and comments.

Is it any good?

Kids will totally dig discovering the silly fun as they control the vehicles and work at the construction sites. It's an open-play environment -- almost. Kids explore, work, and discover, seeing what happens when a rain shower comes before paint is dry or what a brisk wind does to a brick wall that didn't have mortar on every brick -- but there are distracting cheering screens that take away from the fun. The five construction scenes will keep kids busy building, painting, and rebuilding, and the antics all around town will entertain them, too. It'd be nice to see a bit more diversity in the crews, and there's really no reason for the cheering screens, but there's enough high-interest fun here to delight budding builders.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the steps involved in building, from pouring a slab to building walls, putting on a roof, and painting.

  • Take a family walk past a construction site and identify the different vehicles and workers and what they're doing.

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