Sago Mini Planes

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Take to the sky, discover fun surprises in free-play voyage.

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Educational Value

Though the app doesn't contain any actual learning content, kids can stretch their imaginations as they discover all sorts of silly items floating in the sky. If parents play with kids and encourage them to talk about what they're doing, kids can practice verbalizing stories and exploring their creativity.

Ease of Play

Kids easily tap and drag around the screen to guide the plane through the sky.

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Consumerism

Small icon takes kids to video ads for additional apps from the same developer. Parent gate protects against actual purchase, and this icon can be turned off in your device's settings menu. 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 Planes lets kids choose a plane and fly it through the sky, discovering different things along the way. The app, like other Sago Mini apps, is all about free play: There are no rules or instructions. There are also no natural time limits. Parents may want to establish guidelines for how long their kids will play. A letter from the developer in the parents' section includes a few suggestions for using the app as a springboard for discussion. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Choose a plane, pick passengers, and get ready to take off on a silly ride in SAGO MINI PLANES. Kids drag their fingers up, down, and around the screen to do loop the loops and guide the plane through the air every which way. Along the way they run into balloons, giant cookies, a flock of flying cats, and more. Watch the Sago characters react to things they find and directions they fly. When kids are done, they land the plane and swipe through a collection of randomly generated snapshots from their adventure.

Is it any good?

Kids take the pilot's seat and see what happens in this simple and accessible adventure in the sky. Though there's not much depth to Sago Mini Planes, each time kids take a flight, there are new things to discover, most of which are bound to delight little ones. Kids are in charge of their experience as they decide where to take the plane, though they remain passive observers of interactions and reactions. In this way, Sago Mini Planes offers a mixture of kid-directed, open-ended play, with scripted pre-programmed interactions. Kids likely get richer play experiences when their play is entirely open-ended, yet parents can help kids get more out of their play with Sago Mini Planes by using it as a launching pad for creative discussion, storytelling, and imaginative play.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the adventures kids have with Sago Mini Planes. Ask them to name the plane's passengers and talk about where the plane is going. Encourage kids to tell stories about what they discover on their flight.

  • Talk to your kids about their own adventures in the sky. Help them remember times you've taken a plane together, or ask them to imagine what it might be like to go on a plane. Where did they/would they go? Who or what did they/would they see?

  • Provide simple props such as boxes, blankets, blocks, and more to encourage kids to engage in lots of pretend play.

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