Oddbods Oddlife: Daily games

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Silly augmented reality tool helps kids with simple tasks.

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Educational Value

There aren’t any structured lessons, but kids informally learn about basic tasks, and they can develop creativity through dress-up games and sing-alongs.

Ease of Play

The layout makes navigation easy. Some simple instructions or built-in user support would've been helpful when first getting started.

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App is based off a Netflix show.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Oddbods Oddlife: Daily games is an education app for iOS devices. It’s based on a Netflix television series for preschoolers. Kids can use the app to help them with daily tasks that they may otherwise find boring. There’s an augmented reality feature that allows kids to see their own faces and play dress up as one of the Oddbod characters. Kids can also sing songs, play games, and watch videos related to the tasks. There's no inappropriate content to be found in the app. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your kid’s 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?

ODDBODS ODDLIFE: DAILY GAMES begins by requesting access to the device’s camera so kids can use the augmented reality tool. This allows kids to see their own face within an Oddbod character during the tasks and games. There are four main tasks that the Oddbod characters help with: brushing teeth, managing anger, washing hands for 20 seconds, and falling asleep. Each task includes a relevant game, song, video, and an opportunity to dress up an Oddbod and record a photo or video that can be saved to the device. There are also additional videos and songs, as well as a dress-up activity, that can be accessed directly on the main screen. Parents can manage settings by turning background music, sound effects, and interrupter calls (an in-game feature in which an Oddbod randomly “calls” kids to check in) on or off.

Is it any good?

This app could be quite helpful for kids who need some fun and encouragement to complete mundane tasks, but don’t expect a reward system or progress tracking. Younger kids will likely enjoy seeing themselves in Oddbods Oddlife: Daily Games as one of the Oddbods, and feel empowered to take charge of the tasks. The songs are catchy and the videos make learning fun.

One thing that’s missing is a system that rewards and tracks progress. This can be especially important for keeping younger kids on track. The initial excitement of playing the app may wear off over time, so a feature that allows kids and parents to visualize progress could help with long term motivation. But not all kids need or want this much structure. It’s easy to incorporate the games on an as-needed basis or as part of a personalized home routine. Overall, Oddbods Oddlife: Daily games is a positive and immersive experience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how they’ll use Oddbods Oddlife: Daily Games. Will this app become a regular part of their routine? Will they use it for one or two specific tasks?

  • Why is it important to maintain good hygiene, manage emotions, and get a good night’s sleep? What happens if you don't do these things?

  • Do kids like seeing themselves as Oddbods with the augmented reality feature? Does it help them with motivation?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Arts: singing
  • Skills: Emotional Development: handling stress
    Health & Fitness: hygiene and self care
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (14-day free trial, then $1.99 per month or $9.99 per year)
  • Release date: April 2, 2020
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 1200.00 MB
  • Publisher: Weyo Pty Ltd
  • Version: 1.1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 12.1 or later
  • Last updated: May 12, 2020

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