PAW Patrol Pups to the Rescue

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Tot-friendly missions rescue stranded friends.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to follow verbal instructions, develop citizenship and relationship skills, and practice measurement and comparison. The parents' section lays out the curriculum, which lists critical thinking and problem solving as skills covered. But there's really only one way to play, and kids are heavily guided through the experience, so there's not much critical thinking or problem solving going on. Though kids will learn age-appropriate skills while playing PAW Patrol Pups to the Rescue, the focus is more on fun.

Ease of Play

No reading required. Verbal instructions and on-screen hand guides kids through each step.

Violence & Scariness

No violence or suspense, but the idea of a rescue could be concerning to some kids.

Sexy Stuff

Link to other Nickelodeon apps is protected by a parent lock code. PAW Patrol does have some cross-marketed toys and products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PAW Patrol Pups to the Rescue features characters from the Nickelodeon cartoon Paw Patrol in situations similar to the ones they face on the show. In the app, kids take an active role in the rescue, helping the Paw Patrol. Though animals and people are in need of rescue, there's really no drama or scariness involved. Still, some kids may worry about the animals being stranded and afraid. Verbal instructions and animated demonstrations tell kids what to do each step of the way. Parents can see an overview of the skills and concepts covered in the parent section, and they also can reset the game for a new player or to start over.

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What's it about?

PAW PATROL PUPS TO THE RESCUE finds the Paw Patrol rescues friends in three scenes: the farm, the bay, and the ice field. Each scene includes three to five rescues, and kids earn a badge after each rescue mission. On the farm, completing one mission unlocks the next, but the other scenes can be completed in any order. The missions play out almost like an interactive movie -- with dialogue and directions for what kids should do next -- and kids get to reward the pups at the end of each mission by feeding them a treat.

Is it any good?

Totally preschooler-friendly rescue missions will be a big hit with fans of the show and dog lovers. Each step is explained and demonstrated, and kids can try again as many times as they need. There's silly fun, such as flinging penguins and pigs, and a variety of fine-motor activities, such as tracing and circling. With 13 rescues to explore, kids will stay engaged for awhile, and parents can reset the game if kids want to replay the rescues. Getting to feed the pups a treat after the rescue is a sweet touch too. A few more opportunities for creativity or critical thinking without explicit instructions would elevate the learning potential and depth, as the actions are very simple and somewhat repetitive.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about helping others and how good that makes them feel. Talk about ways kids can help people, such as being a friend or finding an adult to help if necessary.

  • Talk to kids about service animals they may see in stores or restaurants and the real-world work those animals do to help people. Remind them not to pet or touch an animal without first checking with the owner.

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For kids who love preschool games and animals

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