Parents' Guide to

Sago Mini Farm

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Digital farm provides space for imaginative free play.

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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.

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