Sago Mini Friends
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sago Mini Friends lets very young app users explore and play some of the same things they play with friends. There's no wrong way to play, but kids do need enough fine motor control to be able to move the toys into approximately the target location. Kids move from house to house, ringing the doorbell and going inside to play with a friend. All the homes featured are traditional single-family homes.
What kids can learn
Engagement, Approach, Support
Cute, colorful houses and characters draw kids in, and the familiar activities -- snack time, playing with toys, simple chores -- displayed on-screen will delight them.
Kids learn through play, and Sago Mini Friends takes learning through play one step further, modeling cooperative play. Kids are empowered to choose how to interact with the toys and characters, and the social skills they pick up will transfer into their playtime.
Parents can play alongside kids, and multiple fingers can manipulate the screen simultaneously. Parents will find instructions in the parents' section for getting kids to some of the most popular play activities: blowing up balloons and playing dress-up.
What's it about?
SAGO MINI FRIENDS takes kids on a neighborhood stroll where they'll ring friends' doorbells and go in to play. Kids start by choosing which of the five animal characters to play. The other four friends live in four houses along the street. After kids ring the bell, they go in to play a different activity at each home. They'll have pizza and ice cream snacks, play dress-up, play with trains, blow up balloons, wash dishes, water a plant, have a sleepover, and more. Kids can ride a swing pulled by balloons into the air to choose a new character.
Is it any good?
Sago Mini, once again, creates a sweet, fun experience for toddlers and young preschoolers that builds on their interests and experiences and lets them explore technology and cause and effect while being delighted. The number of experiences will keep kids entertained and fascinated for quite some time, and the game is perfectly designed for side-by-side play, allowing multiple fingers to touch and play at once.
The parent section includes instructions for ensuring the favorite activities -- blowing up balloons and playing dress-up -- are available if parents use a specific finger gesture. Play continues until kids complete the task or don't touch the device for a few seconds, and then kids can leave that house and move to another.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about real-life experiences kids have had that are similar to those featured in the app: "Remember when you helped Grandma wash dishes?" or "Did you have fun when you played trains at the toy store?"
If kids find any of the play activities especially fascinating, replicate them on a real-life playdate.