PlayKids - Learn Through Play

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Content galore includes shows, games; subscription needed.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn lessons from popular TV shows, with many from PBS Kids. The programs included are quality educational programming with positive messages. Still, kids learn by doing, exploring, and observing and need plenty of interaction for that; having an adult who can help kids transfer what they're learning from the TV shows to their real lives will boost their learning. The games are engaging and educational, and, through these, kids can strengthen early literacy skills.

Ease of Play

Parents need to take time to download the videos kids may want to watch. From there, kids choose the train car that features an image of the show they want to watch and then tap the episode.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PlayKids - Learn Through Play is a subscription-based service that gives kids access to several educational TV shows and activities while offering parents lots of control over the media their kids consume. Parents can restrict access to certain programs and limit the time in the app, requiring kids to "take a break" after a certain amount of time. Shows and games must be downloaded onto the device before kids can watch tor play, which can take up quite a bit of the device's storage. but makes it easy for play without Wi-Fi. 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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Parent Written bykristinam1 February 24, 2015
Teen, 14 years old Written byTeenaFrog227 November 11, 2019

What's it about?

With PLAYKIDS - LEARN THROUGH PLAY kids choose activities from a line of train cars -- shows, games, voxel (a building game), books, and other short videos. The last car is the bedtime car, featuring several lullaby selections that can be played withe a timer. Dozens of preschool-appropriate shows -- like The Wiggles, Pocoyo, Strawberry Shortcake - Berry Bitty Adventures,  Bob the Builder and Cleo & Cuquin are included (but they need to be downloaded before watching). Kids can also play a Minecraft-looking building game, create songs on the piano, play learning games, watch science videos, and even learn a new language. In the settings, parents can deselect any content they don't want kids to access and set time-limits on app use.

Is it any good?

This app puts tons of kid-friendly content in one place with easy parental controls. Although other video services offer more content, they don't offer the young-kid-friendly features that PlayKids - Learn Through Play has. Only kids' shows are included, and, even then, parents can restrict access to some shows in the settings. And, although it's a storage hog, the downloaded shows can be watched without an Internet connection, making it a great travel accessory totally worth a month's subscription. The games could stand alone in a quality educational app, too. The video quality can be set to high or low (to save storage space), but the low quality is rather blurry. This one app alone could fully stock a preschoolers device.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about and consider a variety of options in addition to PlayKids - Learn Through Play for occupying and teaching toddlers. Check out Media Tips for Babies and Toddlers for ideas on balanced media use.

  • Load a device with several shows before a long car or plane trip to keep kids entertained without Wi-Fi. Ask questions about what they're watching along the way and try to make connections to their experiences or knowledge.

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