Ruff Ruff Tweet and Dave

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Interactive companion to TV show plus stand-alone games.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn cause and effect, develop listening skills, and work on critical-thinking skills as they follow along with Ruff Ruff, Tweet, and Dave's adventures on the show. They'll practice strategy playing tic-tac-toe, compassion and playfulness in the snuggle game, and creativity and art in the music and coloring activities. Overall, Ruff Ruff Tweet and Dave is sweet, preschool-appropriate fun with some academic-style learning thrown in.

Ease of Play

For the interactive feature wherein kids can answer questions from the TV show via the app, kids may need help connecting to the show the first few times, but overall the whole experience is intuitive and easy for kids to follow.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ruff Ruff Tweet and Dave can be used as a companion to the Sprout show or played on its own. When kids first begin playing, they're instructed to ask a parent to type in their names. Multiple kids can have accounts on one device, tracking the stickers and bubbles they earn by watching the show and answering the questions along with the characters. The Sprout channel is offered through cable service providers, but episodes streamed online still work with the app. Options allow play in several languages.

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What's it about?

RUFF RUFF TWEET AND DAVE is essentially two apps in one. One part is a companion app for the show, which recognizes the episode that's playing and then syncs the multiple choice questions asked during the episode so kids can play along on the tablet. They earn bubbles and stickers for watching and completing episodes. The other part features five games and activities: a coloring page, a music memory game, an interactive experience with the characters, a racing game, and tic-tac-toe.

Is it any good?

The games and activities all are engaging, though typical of free preschool apps, offering lots of variety without much depth. The option to play tic-tac-toe against the computer or another person is especially fun, and the coloring page includes lots of options. Both the coloring and music page offer open-ended options, as well, to foster creativity. The companion to the show is a really neat idea, giving kids the option to answer and get real feedback on their answers rather than just shouting at the TV screen. It works well, following along with the show and counting down from five before kids need to respond to a question. Kids may have difficulty dividing their attention between the television and the tablet, though, and some parents may not want to encourage the simultaneous use of two screens.

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  • Families can talk about the show and what kids learned from the program that day. What did the characters do? What did they discover?

  • Parents can play along with kids in the tic-tac-toe game by choosing a two-player game.

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