A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about basic construction vehicles and practice a bit of creativity. Not all the trucks are found in the real world, and even those that are stretch reality here in how they work, but kids can see how you can use different tools to do the same job and explore cause and effect. After making a house, decorating it gives kids the chance to think creatively but also provides an opportunity for parents to engage over what elements you need in a house and where they might go (for example, windows and doors). Though there are limited learning opportunities, Sago Mini Trucks and Diggers is fun and mildly creative for the target age.
Ease of Play
Kids will have little trouble with the game controls, but it's not always completely clear how to work a certain machine or what they should do next.
Products & Purchases
Links to a page with some of the publisher's other apps but requires entering a birth year to proceed. The Sago Mini characters are a part of a commercial franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
The cute construction vehicles and the ability to decorate the houses will win over many little ones, but a lack of overall creativity and a lot of repetition may lose some. It's a playful experience that has a lot of appeal for young kids, who are often obsessed with cute animals and construction vehicles, and it certainly delivers in both areas. The challenge is that the experience feels a bit lopsided, as there's no creativity involved in building the houses, and the interactivity with the vehicles varies greatly. After a house is constructed, kids can decorate it, but even that's with premade stickers. It's too bad kids can't paint the construction vehicles or otherwise feel more empowered at the beginning of the experience, but they'll still enjoy the illusion of control and creation.
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