Parents' Guide to

Sago Mini Toolbox

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Empowering play with tools and projects lacks logic.

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Sago Mini Toolbox will definitely draw kids in and give them some simulated time with tools, but it's a bit lacking in logic and depth. It features the impossibly cute family of Sago Sago characters and has many interactive features, sounds, and visual effects that are sure to delight and satisfy young kids. Kids will get a kick out of using power tools such as saws and power drills that they're likely not allowed to handle in real life, and they'll love virtually making things. However, tool interactions seem illogical and divorced from the final result, which kids can't play with. An explicit connection between each step and the final project might make the creation seem less magical but would add a more grounded sense of accomplishment. And, why not let kids play with, or at least take a picture of, what they build? This app is fun and easy to use; little kids likely will love it and will get some satisfaction from using tools. Yet there are some missed opportunities to make this a richer experience.

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