PlayKids | Videos and Educational Games for Kids and Toddlers!

Common Sense Media says

Popular shows, fun games; subscription needed for most.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The privacy policy explains that if you use the app without subscribing, it automatically collects non-personal data only. You'll need to submit personal information to subscribe. Parents can contact the developer and connect with their social media pages through the parent settings.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that PlayKids | Videos and Educational Games for Kids and Toddlers! is a subscription-based service that gives kids access to several educational TV shows for kids. Parents can restrict access to certain programs and set the videos to play on auto-repeat or in "baby mode" wherein kids can't accidentally close the program by tapping the screen. There is no option for limiting time in the app. Shows must be downloaded onto the device before kids can watch them, which can take up quite a bit of the device's storage. Six educational games are available without a subscription, as are a couple of videos.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • music
  • painting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • making conclusions
  • problem solving

Creativity

  • imagination

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The shows included are popular programs for kids. The variety of characters and episodes will entertain kids for long periods. Parents only have to download the episodes first.

Learning Approach

The educational content of shows varies. Kids will appreciate being in control of what they watch, even though parents are ultimately choosing which programs to download. The classic tales on the book car and games on the playground car are more interactive learning-wise.

Support

Once programs are downloaded onto a device, they are saved and accessible. All shows start from the beginning each time, not from the last point watched.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • music
  • painting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • making conclusions
  • problem solving

Creativity

  • imagination

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. PlayKids | Videos and Educational Games for Kids and Toddlers! puts quality shows and games in an easily accessible format for the youngest app users.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

Kids choose favorite characters from a line of train cars to watch programs parents have previously downloaded. Kids also can choose the playground car to play educational matching, sorting, tracing, and music games. On iOS devices, there's also a book car featuring classic children's stories and a lullaby car with favorite peaceful lullabies that can be played on a timer. (At the time of this review, that feature is in the works for Android devices.) New content is added frequently. More than a dozen programs are featured, including Daniel Tiger, Caillou, Super Why, Bo on the Go, and Franny's Feet.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Parents considering PLAYKIDS | VIDEOS AND EDUCATIONAL GAMES FOR KIDS AND TODDLERS! may want to compare it to services such as Netflix or Amazon Prime. Although those services offer more content, they don't offer the young-kid-friendly features that Playkids 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. Kids can play songs on the piano, play a memory matching game, sort toys into the toy box, trace stars to form pictures, see real images of cute animals, and color pictures on a coloring page. The video quality can be set to high or low (to save storage space), but the low quality is rather blurry.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about and consider a variety of options for occupying toddlers before setting up auto-repeat. 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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free, Free to Try
Release date:April 29, 2014
Category:Education
Topics:Dinosaurs, Superheroes, Book characters, Music and sing-along, Trains
Size:64.40 MB
Publisher:Movile Internet Movel S.A.
Version:1.3.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK 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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