What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sago Mini Monsters is designed for kids ages 2 to 4 to have fun creating their own custom-made monsters, but monster-making is so fun that older kids and parents may want to join in the fun, too. It's all designed with the littlest app users in mind, so creating the monster is easy, and there are no time constraints. In the device's settings, parents can turn off the start-page ad for other apps and turn off the link to the parent section. Monster creations are saved to the device's camera roll when the camera button is tapped, but there are no in-app sharing options.
What kids can learn
- making new creations
Engagement, Approach, Support
Simple design is just right to encourage kids creativity. The monster's shape is a blank slate, and kids can experiment and express themselves in decorating it.
Through play, kids can develop literacy and social-emotional skills. The monster's expressions are very responsive, so kids learn about emotions. They're empowered to make their monster look however they want. Kids can develop stories about their monsters to develop creativity and imagination.
Images can be saved to the device's camera roll, but they aren't saved in-app. The parents section includes tips to extend learning and fun with kids and suggests developing stories about the monster as one literacy-building activity.
What's it about?
From a green pit of bubbly slime, kids drag a monster shape. They choose from five colors to decorate their monster and tap the check mark to bring it to life. Horns pop into place; eyes and teeth appear. If they don't like what they see, though, kids can pull off the parts and new ones will grow into place. Then they feed and care for their monster, brushing its teeth and adding accessories. Kids can shake the device to knock everything off and start over at any time. When they're happy with their creation, they can take its picture.
Is it any good?
SAGO MINI MONSTERS is pure creative fun. With just five colors and a blank slate, kids aren't overwhelmed with choices or limits. They can just create. If they don't like what they've drawn, they can shake the device to get a clean monster slate, but a last-step undo button would be a nice addition. Once the monster comes to life and gets eyes, teeth, and horns, it becomes delightfully animated, responding to the food its presented. Kids will get a kick out of teasing the monster with the food to see its response. Kids can add unlimited accessories to their monster, which can get a bit busy-looking, but they don't have to add every accessory presented. They can fling some off the screen to skip them. Accessories aren't scalable, so kids can't make the hat bigger or a button smaller, which would be nice uncomplicated additions, as well. There's not too much content to occupy kids for long periods, but it's great for a few minutes of creative fun.
Families can talk about...
For safety reasons, there are no sharing options. Kids' creations are saved to the camera roll when they tap the camera button. If you'd like to share their monsters, you can email, text, or share them from the camera roll.
Ask kids about their monster. What's its name? What's its favorite food? What does it do for fun? Encourage early literacy skills by creating stories about the monster.