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Read with Doc McStuffins: Word Building

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Word games with TV buddies solid but repetitive.

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A nice collection of wordplay games offers lots to do, but changing background graphics on otherwise identical activities may not fool kids. Game settings such as bath-time splashing or snow play are fun; the characters are super kid-friendly; and clear, patient instructions make gameplay easy and accessible. Three activities focus on word families, which is a nice way to help kids segment words and decode how to read them; however, the play for all three of these activities is essentially the same, which could make things feel repetitive. Though it's a nice inclusion, the storybook activity is disappointingly sparse and oversimplified. Overall, this is not the best or most inspired option for simple word building, but it's a decent, fun, and large set of games that kids -- especially fans of the series -- are likely to enjoy.

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