A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
Tap and drag animals and items and swipe left or right to explore and interact with LITTLE FARM LIFE. Kids can play with traditional farm animals such as a cow, a pig, or a horse, and look around for hidden forest animals like a squirrel or a bunny. Mini activity centers allow kids to, for example, shear a sheep, milk a cow, paint and fix the farm truck, or cook food on a grill.
Is it any good?
This farm's open-ended format is just right for letting kids freely explore and experiment, though it could benefit from a more thoughtful design. Young kids can be as silly as they want with a decent number of areas to explore and items to manipulate. Put the pig in the mud puddle, and then wash it off. Feed the animals fruit, milk cartons, acorns, and pine cones, and watch their reactions. Put food in the freezer, on the grill, or in the pot of hot water and see what happens. Or, just move the animals around and tell a story. Though it's certainly fun to be silly, it would be nice to see some more logic in the activity centers. For example, a pear in the freezer turns into ice cubes, a pinecone in boiling water turns into a jar of jam, and wool in a "wool machine" turns into plastic sunglasses. There are plenty of ways to be silly with transformations that still follow some sort of realism. There's so much to learn about how farms support food and goods production, and this format could be a great way to introduce some concepts to young kids. As is, Little Farm Life is a fun virtual space for free play that doesn't take advantage of what a screen-based experience can offer.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what kids play with in Little Farm Life. Ask them about what they're doing and have them tell stories about their animal friends. Where are the pigs going? Why?
Learn more about farms and the animals that live on them. Read books or watch kid-friendly shows about farming. Visit a teaching farm or a petting zoo to find real animals to observe.
Encourage offscreen pretend play and exploration. Offer stuffed animals, figurines, boxes, puppets, and more -- then give kids space to let their imaginations run wild.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Science: animals
- Skills: Creativity: imagination
- Price: $4.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: February 22, 2019
- Category: Kids' Games
- Topics: Horses and Farm Animals
- Size: 426.00 MB
- Publisher: TutoPLAY
- Version: 1.0.8
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: April 3, 2019
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