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Sago Mini Friends

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Fascinating first app features familiar, friendly fun.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Play is exploration-based and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. There's no right or wrong way to move or interact.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

The start page features a logo link with a video advertising another app.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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'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?

QUALITY

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subjects:Arts: playing
Skills:Creativity: imagination
Emotional Development: empathy, self-awareness
Collaboration: cooperation
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:August 7, 2014
Category:Education
Topics:Friendship
Size:40.00 MB
Publisher:Sago Sago
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 and up

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Adult Written byMelanie Kicks May 6, 2015

Perfect for toddlers!

My little three year old girl adores cats! There's no gameplay, it's basically just an immersion into a magical world. Also, the farting unicorn is a good reason to get this ap :D
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Parent of a 6, 10, and 17 year old Written by3girls4ever October 30, 2015

So cool!

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.
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