NFL Play 60

Common Sense Media says

Running game gets kids moving but may be risky for device.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The controls are quite impressive and respond accurately to kids running and jumping. Turns are a bit trickier. 

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Upon launching the app, users are presented with reader-unfriendly, text-heavy terms of use; you must accept the terms to start the app. The app's privacy policy is available in the info section.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, before kids can start playing NFL Play 60, they'll have to agree to the terms of use, which include a physical activity notice releasing the NFL and the American Heart Association from any liability from injuries resulting from play. Kids are only running and jumping with the iPad or iPhone in hand, so, although they're unlikely to be injured, the device is certainly at risk.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Health & Fitness

  • body awareness
  • exercise
  • fitness
  • gross motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Design is really cool, and kids will get a kick out of controlling the avatar with their own movements. The novelty wears off quickly with the repetition of the running game, but the options to use the coins earned to buy gear for the avatar helps keep kids engaged.

Learning Approach

The information about health and fitness isn't very deep but is inspiring. Though kids can manipulate the avatar without actually running and jumping, if they play the game as intended, they're getting spurts of physical activity that can transfer to better fitness and health.

Support

A tutorial runs kids through the commands when they first play the app and can be accessed at any time from the start page. The coach gives encouraging feedback and reminders as kids play. The app links to a website that includes extensive resources to extend learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Health & Fitness

  • body awareness
  • exercise
  • fitness
  • gross motor skills

Kids can learn how to live active, healthy lives with NFL Play 60. They'll get tips for healthy eating habits, ideas for activities to keep their bodies moving and fit, and examples of active play to do inside or outside, alone, with a friend, or with a group. The main focus of the game -- the endless running game -- actually gets kids moving, running, jumping, and turning and can get their heart rates up as they play, but it doesn't teach effective form or speed building or height in jumps; the focus is on moving. NFL Play 60 offers kids a great introduction to developing healthy habits.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

What's it about?

NFL PLAY 60 combines fitness and healthy lifestyle tips with an interactive endless runner game to encourage kids to be healthy and active. Kids get to choose their avatar and then run and jump to collect coins and power-ups, which can be redeemed to buy neat avatar gear. Unlike other endless-runner games, though, the kids are actually running and jumping and turning. The run is interspersed with encouraging words from the coach and tips for a healthy lifestyle. Kids work to meet different short-term goals -- such as collecting four hearts or running 500 yards at one go. Kids also can use the app's activity finder to search for screen-free activities. They can choose from inside or outside play and specify activities to do alone, with a partner, or with a group.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Parents have to first decide if they're comfortable letting a kid run around while holding an iPad or iPhone. The technology is really cool, so kids will get a kick of out running and jumping and turning to make their avatar move. The play gets pretty repetitious after a while, though, even as goals change and courses get more challenging. It's still staring at a screen, running around or jumping over obstacles, and collecting coins. The activity finder is a great free tool; kids can get ideas for active play inside or outside, with a friend or a group. The health tips are informative for kids and adults (for example: Heart-healthy fats, called unsaturated fats, can be found in olives, nuts, seeds, avocados, and corn).

Families can talk about...

  • Get active together as a family. Find ideas for activities to do together in the app's activity tab.

  • Talk to kids before they start playing to establish boundaries about where it's OK to play, run, and jump while holding the device (on grass only, for example).

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:January 23, 2014
Category:Health & Fitness
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Size:141.00 MB
Publisher:American Heart Association
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up

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  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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