A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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.
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.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: storytelling, vocabulary
- Skills: Creativity: imagination
Self-Direction: effort, work to achieve goals
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: May 30, 2014
- Category: Entertainment
- Topics: Cars and Trucks
- Size: 80.70 MB
- Publisher: Fox & Sheep
- Version: 1.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
- Last updated: August 16, 2016
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