Sago Mini Farm

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Digital farm provides space for imaginative free play.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to recognize many of the common things found on a farm including animals, a barn, and a vegetable garden. The seesaw and swing lightly introduce the physics concepts of mass and motion. Most of all, kids get a platform where they can stretch their imaginations and express themselves through creative pretend play.

Ease of Play

Play is easy, but it may be difficult for kids to place their fingers just right to pick up and drag small objects.

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Sexy Stuff

A small icon on the home screen takes kids to still and video advertisements for apps from the same developer. A parent gate protects purchase. The Sago Mini characters are a part of a commercial franchise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sago Mini Farm is a digital space for open-ended screen-based play. There are no particular activities to complete or games to play. Graphics and interactive elements center on a farm theme and kids are free to explore, move animals and objects, and experiment with tapping around the screen to see what happens. The parents' section includes information about what's in the app and suggestions for talking to kids about their play. Parents can turn off the ad icon and the For Parents button in their device's settings menu. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

When starting SAGO MINI FARM, kids find themselves in the middle of a farm. Then they choose how to interact: Tap around to see what can be moved, turned on or off, or otherwise influenced. Explore the whole farm by swiping left or right. If kids want to interact with animals, there are cows in a barn, hens in a hen house, horses in the corral, and ducks in a pond. Tap the rain cloud to grow crops in the garden. Put food in the juicer or on the grill to see what happens. Visit the farm store, jump in the mud, swing on the tire swing, or stack animals and other things on the seesaw.  

Is it any good?

This farm's open-ended play space is a well-designed attempt at encouraging kids to explore freely and use their imagination. There are certainly many fun things to do at the Sago Mini Farm, like feeding the animals and balancing on a seesaw. And, even though the crop growing isn't always realistic -- kids can "grow" cameras and diamonds along with mushrooms, pineapples, strawberries, and pumpkins -- it's definitely good for a giggle. The farm isn't huge, and there are not a ton of things to do there. That means how interesting the farm is and how long it will stay interesting is entirely up to kids. Those who enjoy making up imaginary stories and moving around characters may get a lot out of Sago Mini Farm. However, those who are looking for an app that "does something" will get bored quickly. And while open-ended free play is certainly the gold standard for quality playtime, the jury is still out on whether such play on a screen is really as enriching as offscreen pretend play. It may be more rewarding to give kids some animal figurines and let them construct their own farm on the living room floor.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what there is to do on the Sago Mini Farm. Have kids narrate as they explore and invent stories. Ask them what they'd like to name the animals or who does what jobs on the farm. Experiment with the seesaw to see who weighs more, and talk about real life habits like using the outhouse.

  • Visit a farm in real life to see some animals up close. If there are no farms in your area, look for horse stables, petting zoos, or even a park with squirrels or a pond with ducks. Or, visit your local library to find books with photographs of farms and farm animals.

  • Encourage open-ended creative play. Use stuffed animals, puppets, figurines, drawings, or anything you can get your hands on to create props for pretend play.

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