Sago Mini Hat Maker

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Toddlers create hats freely with simple, fun tools.

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Educational Value

Kids can express their creativity, while also thinking about how their actions might impact someone else. In this case, does the customer like the design choices they are making?

Ease of Play

No tutorial, but kids who are encouraged to explore will have no trouble figuring out each of the tools.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
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Consumerism

Features hat shop with a cash register at the end. Connection is loose, however, and will likely be missed entirely by younger kids. 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 Hat Maker is a creative app that leads preschool kids through the process of creating and selling hats. There's no reading required, and the hat possibilities are limited only by the creativity of the kids involved. Because this is a guided experience rather than a free-form design tool, it will appeal more to really little ones. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.  

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What's it about?

SAGO MINI HAT MAKER simulates the experience of running your own hat shop. Ring the bell for your first customer. Choose a hat shape from two designs and watch to see how your customer feels about your choice. Lead the customer through several different stations where you might cut out a shape, change the background pattern, draw a picture or message, and add stickers. When you're finished designing, choose your favorite backdrop and take a picture of your customer with the new hat, or virtually try on the hat yourself and take a selfie with your new creation. In the end, ring the customer up and start all over again.

Is it any good?

This simple preschool experience finds a nice balance between creative expression and age-appropriate tools. Sago Mini Hat Maker doesn't have a lot of options and tools to use, which makes it great for really little kids. Each station typically offers two to four options at a time, making it easier for young kids to make decisions, but leaving enough room for personal tastes to shine through. And what kid won't enjoy getting a selfie or a picture of mom and dad sporting their new design? There isn't a lot to do otherwise, however, so this is likely to be the biggest hit with kids who like designing things.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about facial expressions and emotion. How do the customers in Sago Mini Hat Maker show you which hats they like the most? What type of face do you make when you like something? What about if you don't like something?

  • Talk to your kids about screen use and limits. How can kids enjoy digital media in balance with other activities?

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