Madagascar Preschool Surf n' Slide

Common Sense Media says

Fun arcade-style game with a bit of learning for young kids.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Gameplay is intuitive, and there are two settings so players can choose the controls they prefer.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

An icon on the main page links to other apps by the developers. Also, the app is related to the movies and other Madagascar products. Kids can also use their points as coins to purchase virtual stuff on the kid-friendly Jumpstart website.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Madagascar Preschool Surf n' Slide combines an arcade-style game with a bit of preschool learning content, and features characters from the Madagascar movies. Kids steer their favorite character down a water slide; when they get to the end, they have to answer a few questions by tapping into basic recognition skills. Kids earn stickers and collect points. The stickers are used in a sticker book, and the points can be redeemed on the Jumpstart website (with a parent account/login).   

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition

Math

  • numbers
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • thinking critically

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Young fans of the Madagascar movies may enjoy seeing the animal characters here. The game part is pretty simple, and so is the quiz. Still, the app is a fun experience.

Learning Approach

Kids learn to recognize numbers, letters, colors, shapes, and categories through matching games and repetition. 

Support

Spoken narration enables early readers to take part. There's not much feedback other than whether an answer is correct. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition

Math

  • numbers
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • thinking critically

Kids can learn to recognize numbers, letters, colors, shapes, and categories. A narrator asks kids to pick out, for example, the number 2 from a set of numbers or a circle from a set of shapes. The written label appears on the bottom. Letters are paired with an object beginning with that letter. There's not much feedback other than whether an answer is correct. Madagascar Preschool Surf n' Slide offers a little basic preschool learning but not much helpful feedback.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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What's it about?

In Madagascar Preschool Surf n’ Slide, kids first choose a character and a rug to slide on. When sliding, they collect stars to earn points and try to avoid other obstacles. Once they reach the end, they answer a series of questions that earn them a sticker. The game automatically goes into the next round. To see all their stickers and points, kids have to quit the game, but can easily return.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If kids are a fan of the Madagascar movies, they may like seeing their favorite characters some more here. At the same time, parents may like that the game includes some educational content. The game part is pretty simple: Kids slide a little slider on the bottom to navigate, or they can switch the setting to tilt the device. The slide is pretty straight, so even if kids don’t navigate at all, they will make it to the end, but just may miss some points.

As for the quiz at the end, it covers appropriate subjects like shapes, letters, and numbers. The shape questions are a little trickier -- some preschoolers may not have heard of a hexagon, and some of the shapes are hard to distinguish from one another (the rectangle doesn’t look that different than the square or oval from the circle, for example). Still, the app is a fun experience young fans of the movie will enjoy.

Families can talk about...

  • Take basic shape recognition a step further by pointing out what makes each shape different, such as the number of sides or round shape.

  • Incorporate counting into everyday activities, such as setting the table (How many forks do we need?).

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$4.99
Release date:October 4, 2012
Category:Educational Games
Size:40.80 MB
Publisher:Knowledge Adventure
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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