Peekaboo Barn Farm Day

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Toddler-friendly farm fun mixes skills and sillies.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about a day on a farm -- from sunrise to sunset -- and about the repetition of days as they see them cycle from night to day to night again. Kids will explore the farm, learning a bit about what farm animals are like, though there's quite a bit of silliness built in as well. They will learn about the differences among animals -- for example, that sheep and llamas are sheared and that cows are milked. They'll get to feed the animals, too, developing prereading skills as they match various foods (but not necessarily learning what animals actually eat) to each animal. Peekaboo Barn Farm Day is a fun, gentle play experience for toddlers and preschoolers that can help develop critical-thinking skills and imagination. 

Ease of Play

A hand demonstrates gestures at the beginning of each section of play. There are no wrong moves; kids just tap and explore.

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A "more apps" button on the opening screen takes users to see additional apps for sale, but to access they area you'll need to follow written directions ("swipe left with two fingers," for example).

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Peekaboo Barn Farm Day features the same animals from the popular preschool app Peekaboo Barn on a typical (if silly) day at the farm. Kids wake the animals with a rooster's crow, take care of them throughout the day, and then put them to sleep after the sun goes down. The animals on the farm include a dog, cat, cow, sheep, duck, chicken, pig, and llama. On-screen prompts encourage kids to tap and explore. Parents may want to encourage kids to tap the sun to see what happens once they've played through taking care of the animals so they don't miss out on the sweet fun of petting the animals to sleep.

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What's it about?

Kids start by tapping the stars in the night sky to make them disappear, which makes the rooster crow to wake the animals. During farm day, kids feed the animals by dragging them the right food -- the food they're thinking about in thought bubbles. Kids shear the sheep and llama, bathe several animals -- including the pig, and milk the cow. They can take care of the animals as long as they want, but when they're ready, kids can tap the sun to make it set and then put the animals to bed, petting them until they curl up and fall asleep.

Is it any good?

PEEKABOO BARN FARM DAY lets kids explore a day on the farm with a touch of silly whimsy that will delight toddlers and preschoolers. The three parts of the app each offer different fun experiences: tapping the stars as night ends, taking care of the animals during the day, and then putting them to bed. The bulk of the activity is in the daytime caretaking, with four activities. Though the animals cycle through some of the activities, they do get repetitive pretty quickly (although the routine might get old on a real farm, too). It's easy to miss the cues to tap the sun, so be sure kids do that because putting the animals to sleep is utterly sweet. As kids pet each animal, hearts float around, and the animal's eyes get heavy until they finally curl up in sleep. Then the cycle starts again, returning to the starry night waiting for the rooster's crow.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what's real and what's silly on this farm. Do sheep wear polka-dotted underwear? Is that real or silly? Do people milk cows? Is that real or silly?

  • Show kids some wool clothing so they can see how the wool from the llama and sheep are ultimately used.

  • Visit a real-life working farm in your area. Ask your kids: Are some of the animals the same as in the app? What are some different animals you recognize?

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