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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn a few simple things about how to interact with a touchscreen and what it can do as they practice tapping and dragging. As kids observe what happens when they touch certain parts of the screen, they also explore cause and effect: When I tap that, this happens. They may want to follow up to learn the stories behind the characters. If they make up their own stories, they'll also exercise language skills as they narrate what's going on, but this will likely only happen with parent involvement; the app doesn't encourage this on its own. The open-ended and inviting world of Sago Mini Fairy Tales will definitely entice toddlers, and parents can extend learning opportunities beyond what's offered on the screen.
Ease of Play
Play is super easy as kids simply tap around the screen and watch what happens. Tapping and dragging across the screen gives kids more control over Jinja's movements, but Jinja also will just move on her own to wherever kids tap.
One character farts and another burps -- kids likely will find this hilarious.
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Products & Purchases
There is an icon that, when clicked, showcases other apps from the developer, though purchase is protected behind a child lock. Parents also can hide this icon through the device's settings menu. The Sago Mini characters are a part of a commercial franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Opportunities for open-ended play, discovery, and creativity are gold for little kids. Sago Mini Fairy Tales inspires by offering no-rules and easy-to-use exploratory interactions. Kids will delight in the whimsical and appealing graphics and the silly animations. However, especially if you've been following the Sago Mini series, the offerings might feel a bit hollow and repetitive. There's just not that much that happens in this game. The 30 animations, for example, last only a few seconds. Kids lead Jinja around, but they ultimately end up passively watching someone else's creative expression. For instance, kids could create more of their own imaginative world if they could choose what costume Jinja wears when she dives into the dress-up chest. Kids can make up stories about what's going on as they explore, but this would be more meaningful if kids had more control over what happens. Finally, some kids may enjoy the references to popular tales, but kids who are young enough to enjoy this game may also be too young to recognize many references (such as King Arthur).
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.