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What parents need to know
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!
Talk to your kids about ...
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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Creativity: imagination
Emotional Development: developing resilience, empathy, identifying emotions, perspective taking, self-awareness
Communication: conveying messages effectively, friendship building, listening, multiple forms of expression, presenting, speaking
Responsibility & Ethics: integrity
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (with option for in app purchases starting at $0.99)
- Release date: November 12, 2018
- Category: Education
- Topics: Friendship
- Size: 75.70 MB
- Publisher: Silly Street LLC
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
- Last updated: December 5, 2018
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