Peg and Pog

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Imaginative play introduces vocab to language learners.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn basic words in a new language. Pretend play allows them to stretch their imagination and express their creativity as they explore and create stories using different characters and scenes, and practice role-playing.

Ease of Play

Visual cues help kids know where and when to tap. It takes a bit of fine motor control to tap and drag items around the screen.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Peg and Pog introduces kids to vocabulary words in five languages. As kids play in eight settings, they hear the names of different objects available to interact with. After hearing all the target words, kids are free to explore and play on their own. Parents can set the language in the settings menu to English (U.K. or U.S.), Spanish, Portuguese, French, or Chinese. The parents' section also includes a play guide with discussion suggestions to deepen kids' learning. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') 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?

To use PEG AND POG, tap play and then choose from eight scenes such as underwater, arctic, or outer space. Once in a scene, objects start to fall onto the screen. When kids tap on an object they hear its name. After all objects are introduced, kids can tap and drag freely as they explore the scene. For example, move food and shopping baskets around to go shopping at the supermarket, or play with ocean animals. At each tap, kids hear the name of the object they've grabbed. Kids can also scroll through all the vocabulary included in the scene. Change the language in the parents' settings menu.

Is it any good?

This simple, open-ended activity set gives language learners free reign to explore new words, but doesn't get too deep. Peg and Pog has appealing graphics and a nice variety of scenes to spark kids' imaginations. The vocabulary words are pretty basic and are most appropriate for kids who don't already speak the language. But for parents looking for a full service language-learning app, this isn't it. Peg and Pog is just about vocabulary. And to that end, there's plenty of repetition and opportunities to interact with the objects and their names. There are also great suggestions for co-play that parents can follow to help encourage deeper thought. But these suggestions have mostly general early learning themes and aren't related to broadening language learning -- and they're only available in English. Because of that, it's a little unclear who Peg and Pog's target audience is. Parents and kids could also approach Peg and Pog as simply a free-play imagination app and ignore the supposed language learning aspect. For that, Peg and Pog has definite appeal, though its options for exploration aren't quite as extensive as other popular open-ended imagination apps.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the words in Peg and Pog. Point out the objects when you run across them in real life and encourage your kids to name them in their new language.

  • Play with your kids. Read the play suggestions for ideas on how to encourage critical thinking and imagination.

  • Encourage offscreen pretend play with tea sets, dolls, stuffed animals, action figures, cardboard boxes, and more.

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