Pacca Alpaca - Travel Playtime: fun activities for kids

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Workbook-style activities give kids a hint of culture.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about different cultural icons -- or at least see pictures of them -- draw pictures, spot differences, and solve puzzles. They are empowered to choose from the carousel, selecting based on the icon for the activity or the picture on the card, and they might learn the names of some countries and their flags. The meat of the classic preschool activities may not have an impact, though, as the drawing, completing dot-to-dots, and building with blocks won't really develop fine motor control as well as those activities do offscreen. Pacca Alpaca Travel includes enough variety that kids will come away having some fun and maybe learning something, but it's not a standout among preschool learning games.

Ease of Play

Games are all preschool-friendly with no reading required. No instructions for the games when playing, but the parent section explains each a bit.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pacca Alpaca - Travel Playtime: fun activities for kids includes dozens of activities for preschoolers including dot-to-dots, painting pages, sticker pages, and puzzles. Pacca the Alpaca guides kids, poking his head in and making fun facial expressions as encouragement. It's all preschool-friendly with no ads or in-app purchases, though kids may need some instruction from parents about how to complete some of the activities. To learn about the information collected and shared, read the app's privacy policy.

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What's it about?

On the home screen of PACCA ALPACA - TRAVEL PLAYTIME: FUN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS, users choose an activity from a carousel of selections. An icon on the card shows the type of activity -- dot-to-dot, sticker scenes, puzzles, spot-the-difference, hide-and-seek, building blocks, drawing, and I spy -- and kids see a preview of the cultural scene. After completing the activity, which shows a scene from another country, kids will see that country's flag and hear the name of the country. Some games are open-ended, such as drawing and sticker scenes, so kids determine when they're finished and click the check mark. Others, such as I spy, advance when kids have completed the activity.

Is it any good?

Like a big preschool activity book in an app, there's a lot of variety without much depth. The activities are mostly intuitive, but there are no instructions, so kids may need help from parents to know that when they see four pictures, for instance, they're supposed to choose the one that's different. The fun extra is the cultural aspect, though it's barely there: Each game introduces kids to a bit of culture, such as a picture of Mount Rushmore or a sticker page of Egypt. Once kids complete the activity, they'll hear the name of the country and see its flag. This app would be much more interesting if the cultural aspects were more of a focus and at least some of the activities had more depth.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the places featured in the games and research them more. Read books featuring kids or places from other cultures.

  • To reap the benefits of these activities for developing fine motor skills in kids, try them off the screen, too.

App details

For kids who love learning about different cultures

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