What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer is an open-ended exploration game in which kids take Fins the Fish on an adventure through the ocean, encountering other sea creatures. It's totally toddler-friendly. Kids simply scroll or tap to lead Fins on his way. Yellow dots signal interactive elements, and kids can tap the dots or move Fins over them to see the animation. It all loops, so even if kids pass an adventure, they'll encounter it again. There's some silly, mild potty humor, which is likely to delight little ones. A seagull poops on Fins' boat, and a seahorse poops in the water. Some larger fish eat some smaller fish and then burp them out, too, but it comes across as silly and not scary or gross.
What kids can learn
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will relate to the adorable fish, Fins, as they move him through the ocean. The interactions are laugh-out-loud funny for kids, and the design is right on-target for the youngest app users.
Kids are empowered to control where Fins swims and which sea creatures he interacts with. The silly stories will spark their imaginations, and the open-ended creative play can help literacy skills.
The parent section includes ideas on how to explore Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer with your children to extend their learning. It also includes information on disabling the ad and parent link on the home screen.
What's it about?
Kids find Fins the Fish in his underwater home, where they start playing with him by tapping. They can open and close his front door and blow the horn on his roof. Then Fins swims around, and kids can guide him as he explores the ocean -- both under and above the water. Yellow dots signal that there's some interaction to be seen, such as knocking over a crab’s sand castle, playing mariachi music with a fish band, and eating ice cream with an octopus. The scenes loop so kids can eventually discover all the adventures.
Is it any good?
It's refreshing to find a preschool app that lets kids explore and play rather than trying to make it "educational" by adding in the ABCs. Fins is adorable, and his adventures are delightful. Little kids can easily explore on their own, but it's also a great cuddle-up-together-and-explore experience for kids to share with parents. There's no set path for the story to take, and no "right" way to play -- kids just get to play. Fins' adventures provide great material for creative storytelling, too, which parents and kids can do together. The sound effects aren't annoying (which is a big plus for a preschool app) and are actually kind of peaceful, just like the sounds of the ocean. Parents looking for a delightfully fun, age-appropriate app for their young preschoolers will appreciate Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer.
Families can talk about...
Explore the ocean together, making up a story as you go along. Then have your kid create his or her own story.
Before touching the yellow dots that signal an interactive element, ask your kid to predict what might happen when it's touched.
The logo link to other apps can be turned off in the device's settings menu.