Sago Mini Space Explorer

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Silly space fun is a blast for young explorers.

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Educational Value

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.

Ease of Play

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

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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. The Sago Mini characters are a part of a commercial franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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