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Monty's Backyard Adventure

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Darling dog game will delight tots as they learn.

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Educational Value

Counting and number recognition, observation, shape recognition, color matching. 

Ease of Play

Very young kids may struggle with sliding/flinging game dynamics, may need help with tasks like finding a number "higher than" another number as game progresses.

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Sexy Stuff
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What parents need to know

Monty's Backyard Adventure is a sweet educational game for little kids that's all about playing with and helping Monty, a dog living in the backyard. The activities are age-appropriate for preschool and kindergartners, although really young kids may need help as some of the skills progress over time. For example, one activity moves from just tapping a cloud to one with a specific number and then to one with a number that is higher or lower than another number. Some fine motor skills beyond tapping (dragging and "flinging") are needed. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

MONTY'S BACKYARD ADVENTURE invites kids into Monty's backyard, which he shares with a cat, a mouse, and some birds and frogs. Kids may need to find Monty's hiding place in the backyard after seeing him hide. They'll help Monty count clouds and find numbers in clouds. They'll find the toy Monty wants to play with most and throw it for him. Monty may need kids to help him as he assists his backyard friends, and he may even need a bath after having so much fun. The games appear randomly and after completing a few, kids are rewarded with decorations for Monty's doghouse and yard. The skills ramp up slowly as kids progress, but they do so in a natural way so that kids build upon previous skills. 

Is it any good?

With a cute dog, darling backyard friends, and some gentle learning tossed in, Monty is likely to be a hit with the preschool and kindergarten set. Kids can't decide which game to play in Monty's Backyard Adventure as they just stream in a random order, but that's appropriate for this age as little ones often get stuck when asked to make a game choice. The games are simple and easy enough for most kids in the age bracket, although it would be helpful if parents had some control over the skill progression. Some of the games, specifically the cloud-counting activity, could use more correction so that kids understand that they have made an incorrect choice and why. But even so, Monty's Backyard Adventure is appealing. It's hard to resist playing with a fun-loving pup, and being able to choose how to decorate the backyard will be a great reward for many kids in the target age. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about caring for pets in general and in Monty's Backyard Adventure. What things do pets need? What are the best parts about having a pet?

  • Practice counting objects around the house. How many chairs are there around the table? How many wheels on the car? How many crackers in your snack?

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For kids who love preschool and kindergarten apps

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