LumiKids Snow, Early Learning Play for Kids

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Free fun in snowy wonderland with cognitive skills practice.

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Educational value

Kids can learn about fun things to do in the snow, such as slide around and throw snowballs. They'll get an introduction to letter names and practice tracing all 26 uppercase letters. And kids also will exercise some cognitive skills such as sustained attention, memory, and critical thinking.

Ease of play

Few instructions on purpose so kids will figure out the next challenge. But gameplay is generally intuitive, and kids only need to be able to tap and drag.

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On the home screen, kids can see icons for other apps from the same developer. Seeing more requires passing through a parent gate. However, at the time of this review, all LumiKids apps are free.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that LumiKids Snow, Early Learning Play for Kids is part of the LumiKids series that offers simple games that challenge kids to think. In this snowy addition, kids can throw snowballs and roast marshmallows or choose from three mini-games. Each game is adaptive (adjusts to progress) and focuses on a different basic cognitive skill such as attention and memory, problem-solving, and forming letters. Before starting, parents must provide a first name, email address, and year of birth to create an account. Then, you add a user profile for each kid by indicating a nickname, gender, and month and year of birth. Parents receive emails with information about each kid's progress through the games. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Visit a snowy playground with LUMIKIDS SNOW, EARLY LEARNING PLAY FOR KIDS. Throw snowballs, ice fish, or roast marshmallows to feed to snow creatures, or choose from three mini-games: One introduces letters and asks kids to trace them, another resembles hide and seek where kids must remember where creatures are hiding, and the third has kids build a simple slide contraption just so to allow a penguin to catch a balloon. The second two games build in complexity as kids keep playing. Parents get weekly emails with information about their kids' activity in the app.

Is it any good?

Fun kid-friendly graphics combine with a small set of simple but thoughtful activities. Those activities display a big range of quality and complexity. Some, such as ice fishing for random objects, snowball throwing, or marshmallow roasting, are only quick taps to have fun or get a giggle. Though the letter game is a very superficial introduction to letters, kids can learn letter names and practice tracing them. The other two games give kids some simple practice exercising cognitive skills such as memory and logical problem-solving. As kids progress, they get more challenging and are the most interesting activities in the app. Overall, LumiKids Snow, Early Learning Play for Kids is a safe, supportive environment with no penalties for wrong answers and lots of positive encouragement. Though with only two activities with any depth to them, kids may quickly exhaust everything in the app. Parents who are interested in this free app may want to look at the whole series to give kids more variety and keep them engaged, but that's easy since they're free!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what kids are doing in LumiKids Snow, Early Learning Play for Kids to draw attention to the skills they're practicing. How did they know where to find the hiding critter? What's the best way to bounce the penguin so it catches the balloon, and why?

  • Encourage kids to practice with letters. Name each letter and give examples of the sound or sounds it makes. Talk about words that begin with that letter. Make the letter as many ways as you can think of -- for example, trace it, construct it with toothpicks, or draw it in sand.

  • Play offscreen games that challenge kids' thinking. Have them sort or match (for example, match clean socks), play games that require attention (such as memory), or get them using fine motor skills (puzzles, beading, block play, drawing).

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