A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
Products & Purchases
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).
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.
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.
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