Peppa Pig's Party Time

Common Sense Media says

Party-planning app features fun multiplayer option.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Verbal instructions explain how to play each game, and the controls are all easy for preschoolers to maneuver.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

A link to other apps is hidden behind two kid-lock screens. The game is a tie-in to a television show on Nick Jr.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The developer indicates that the app does not use any data gathering systems, and no personal information is requested from kids.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Peppa Pig's Party Time features Peppa and friends from the British animated series that plays on Nick. Jr. as they plan and throw a party. They'll decorate an invitation, goodie bag, and cake, and then play party games with friends at the party. The three games can be played alone or against up to three other players, and multiple players can have accounts set up on a device, each entering a name and choosing an image avatar.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Parties are fun, and kids get to plan the invitations, goodie bags, and cake for the party as well as play the games. Challenging parents, siblings, or friends to the multiplayer game increases engagement and adds to the fun.

Learning Approach

The social aspect of play helps kids with taking turns and dealing with the disappointment of losing. They'll see some characters react happily and others with tears of disappointment. Kids control some aspects of play, but choices are limited and, in the games, it can be hard to tell if their gestures have any impact on the outcome of the game.

Support

Kids set up their own account to save their work as they go. They can relive the party with the scrapbook, which extends the fun and lets them look back over the party and their creations. Parents could use Peppa Pig's Party Time to familiarize kids with what to expect at a small birthday party.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Kids can learn social and emotional skills and express their creativity. They'll express themselves creatively and make decisions as they decorate the cake, invitations, and bags. The party games themselves aren't explicitly educational, but kids practice taking turns, playing multiplayer games or alone. They'll also be able to work through the emotions involved with winning and losing both from seeing the way the characters respond to losing and by talking it through with a parent as they play. Parents may need to explain some of the vocabulary differences in British English -- like parcel.  Peppa Pig's Party Time is fun to play, and since parents and kids can play together, parents can use it to open up conversations with preschoolers about party behavior and winning and losing.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

What's it about?

Kids help Peppa plan and throw a party, starting with creating and mailing the invitations, then decorating and filling a goodie bag for the guests and baking and decorating a cake. Once the friends arrive for the party, they play musical chairs, pass the parcel, and pull the string on the piñata and collect the coins that fall out. Kids can play the games alone or against other players. Memories from the party are collected in the scrapbook using images from the actual invitation, goodie bag, and cake created for the party.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

PEPPA PIG'S PARTY TIME is a fun party-planning game that's perfect for preschoolers who love parties. Though pricier than many fun preschool apps, it's practically two apps in one -- one for creativity and one for play. Kids can express themselves creatively as the design the invitations, create the goodie bags, and decorate the cake. The process of mailing the invitations is not educational, as the kids put a stamp of the friend they are mailing the invitation to, which may be confusing to preschoolers learning how the postal system works. The games are fun and may give parents a few new ideas for party games. Musical chairs, as in real life, is tear-inducing, and kids will likely identify with the characters who burst into tears when they get out. The multiplayer option is really fun and gives parents and easy way to play alongside preschoolers for some parts of the game. Don't miss the scrapbook, which takes pictures from the other party activities for kids to drag into place, making a true memory book of what they created.

Families can talk about...

  • When the party-goers get out in musical chairs, some of them cry. How do you feel when you lose a game?

  • Would you want to play any of these games at your own birthday party? Which ones? Why?

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Price:$4.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:March 27, 2014
Category:Kids Games
Topics:Book characters, Friendship
Size:42.80 MB
Publisher:P2 Games Limited
Version:4.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.3 and up

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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