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Silly Street Learn & Play

App review by
Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Build character via games on and offscreen.

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Educational Value

Kids can practice verbal and nonverbal communication and the game offers opportunities to build social emotional skills.

Ease of Play

Directions are clear enough for kids to follow without the help of a grownup.  The sound-on option offers additional support for pre-readers. 

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The launch screen offers the choice of playing with a physical game board which requires purchase or the free digital game board. Adults will have access to a link for purchasing the Silly Street board game and additional card packs.   

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Silly Street Learn & Play is an educational app based on a physical game that aims to build character through play. Kids can play solo or with up to 6 players and either read the directions or turn on the sound for narration. The free game includes six card packs that target empathy, curiosity, adaptability, and other character skills through entertaining tasks. The prompts on the cards encourage kids to express themselves and explore their creative side through jokes, movement, storytelling, and song. It's up to the players to input whether or not they successfully complete the task on each card or when playing with others, who should receive points after completing a contest card. A scoreboard keeps track of each players’ progress. If parent want more information or to buy more cards, they can visit the parent portal which offers information about character development and allows them to purchase additional digital card packs or the physical Silly Street board game. 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?

SILLY STREET LEARN & PLAY is an onscreen version of the board games made by the same developer. The game aims to build character skills while engaging kids in fun and silly activities. The app provides kids with clear written directions, visual prompts, and narration, when the sound is on. Accommodating up to 6 players, the game works with up to six players. Kids can choose from six free card decks, and grownups can purchase additional card decks through in-app purchases. To play, kids simply tap to flip the cards, do what the cards ask, and input whether the task was completed well in order for the app to keep score. The prompts on the cards aim to address character skills such as adaptability, grit, bravery, creativity, and communication. The parent portal provides additional information around how to help little ones with character development. 

Is it any good?

These games and activities get kids to move, sing, tell jokes, tell stories, explore their creativity, and interact with other players to build character and practice communication skills. Silly Street Learn & Play takes an entertaining approach to character development. Although the game can be enjoyed alone, it's meant to be social and definitely more fun when played with others. The game will have the greatest impact with input and reinforcement from grownups. Kids will get their sillies out with prompts such as juggling act, where they have to try juggling real or imaginary objects. They'll also practice empathy, honesty, and humility through some of the contest cards that will ask them to give points to other players depending on how successful they are at completing the task. When the sound is on, the game is narrated, which is a great feature that allows pre-readers to enjoy playing without having to focus on the words. This educational app focuses on character development and social emotional skills, which is pretty cool since these skills compliment and reinforce academic success. The ideas on how to support kids through character development is an added perk for grownups interested in nurturing these skills and curious to learn more. Best of all, it balances onscreen fun with offscreen play! 

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  • Families can talk about specific character skills when playing Silly Street Learn & Play. Although the cards tap into different character skills, little ones may not be fully aware of the traits they are beginning to express. Grownups can highlight and reinforce character skills by verbally praising examples of empathy, creativity, adaptability, risk taking, communication, curiosity, and grit.    

  • Talk about character development and identify scenarios where kids can transfer the skills practiced through the game. Little ones may need guidance from grownups when opportunities arise to practice empathy, risk taking, grit, and other skills.  

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