Sago Mini Space Explorer

Common Sense Media says

Silly space fun is a blast for young explorers.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

This toddler-friendly app is designed for exploring. Kids simply scroll and tap.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

A planet farts and then sighs with relief, but that can be disabled in the device's settings.

Consumerism

A logo ad for another Sago Mini app appears on the start screen, but that can also be disabled in the device's settings.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No personal information is requested. The developer's privacy policy explains the user analytics collected but is not reader-friendly.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sago Mini Space Explorer is designed with the youngest app players in mind. With no instructions and no rules, kids are free to explore and discover on their own. They guide Harvey the dog through space, meeting aliens and encountering surprises. Yellow dots alert kids to an interactive feature. One animation features a farting planet, which may absolutely crack up many kids, but parents can disable that activity in the device's settings.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • asking questions

Creativity

  • imagination

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The design is ideal for toddlers and preschoolers to explore on their own, and the discoveries they'll make will delight them. A dog and cat playing catch in space is adorable fun for a preschooler.

Learning Approach

Kids are empowered to explore and discover on their own. They can use their imaginations to create stories about Harvey's adventures, developing creativity and literacy skills.

Support

Though there are no instructions, visual cues prompt kids to tap and explore. The parent section includes ideas for parents to talk about with kids while they play and directions for hiding the parent information, news, and farting planet.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • asking questions

Creativity

  • imagination

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Kids can learn to use their imaginations as they explore space and interact with space creatures. Even though there's no text involved, kids can build literacy skills through imaginative play. Since this may be one of the first apps little ones explore, they'll become familiar with the touchscreen as well as with scrolling and tapping gestures. They'll also learn cause and effect as they see that tapping the yellow dot causes an animated interaction. The experience is fantasy-based, not demonstrating any factual information about science. Sago Mini Space Explorer is a play-based learning experience that encourages kids to explore and discover.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

What's it about?

SAGO MINI SPACE EXPLORER opens with a typical-looking house with a satellite on the roof, inviting kids to touch. When they do, Harvey the dog comes out in his space helmet and begins floating through space. Kids scroll around, exploring space and meeting hugging robots, sneezing aliens, farting planets, and more. They can send a rocket into flight, have a space picnic, and seesaw with an alien. Kids can scroll all around, never reaching the end of space, though the features do repeat.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Sago Sago continues its refreshing, play-based approach to preschool apps with Sago Mini Space Explorer. It plays on kids' natural curiosity and doesn't limit them with instructions or rules. The discoveries they'll make will delight them, and, although toddlers and preschoolers can easily navigate the whole experience on their own, they'll likely want to share some of their discoveries with a loved one. Kids can scroll through as quickly and as far as they want. The interactive features repeat, but kids never hit a wall to halt their exploring.

Families can talk about...

  • Make up a story about Harvey's space adventure and tell it as you explore space with your kids. Then let them have a go at making up Harvey's story.

  • Ask kids to predict what might happen at different interactive stops.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:May 15, 2014
Category:Education
Topics:Space and aliens
Size:49.30 MB
Publisher:Sago Sago
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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