Smart Grow: Educational Games

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Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Play with animals, puzzles, patterns, colors, and sequence.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about animals, patterns, shapes, and puzzles and practice using working memory.

Ease of Play

There are no tutorials, but the directions are intuitive and a pointing finger pops up to give kids extra guidance. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Smart Grow: Educational Games is an educational app that offers children 16 game choices. Some of the games are geared towards toddlers developing hand-eye coordination and require them to trace paths or follow lines to create shapes. The games are geared towards kids that have some familiarity with using tech for play, engaging them with puzzles, memory games, pattern recognition, and sorting. Animals are the leading theme of the games and vocabulary is reinforced through audio and in writing. Little ones will not have trouble navigating the games on their own, with the exception of Clap Hands, which requires another player, and the AR (augmented reality) Toy Sorting, which requires access to the device's camera. 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?

SMART GROW: EDUCATIONAL GAMES offers kids 16 games to choose from. They include games like Feed the Animals and Drawing Shapes that require kids to use their fingers to trace lines and move objects from one point to another. Other games, such as World of Animals and Amazing Space, require kids to move pictures into a matching outline. Remember the Animals is a digital picture card memory game. What Comes Next gets kids thinking about patterns, while Join the Dots gets kids thinking about number sequence. Home Decoration and Happy Coloring allow kids to be creative and explore different designs and color combinations. Clap Hands will require another player and is a digital form of hot hands, a game where one player tries to slap the back of the other player’s hand before they move it away. All the games are played to the same catchy tune and vocabulary for the pictures that appear on screen are reinforced through audio. There's an option to turn off the sound. Parents can adjust the difficulty levels of some games.   

Is it any good?

The experience offers a variety of options and games that toddlers can grow into as they get more familiar with virtual play. The games are simple enough for little ones to navigate with ease. The guiding hand that pops up after a few seconds of inactivity makes the games more user-friendly. The virtual version of common games, such as puzzles and sorting, provide more options and various levels of age-appropriate difficulty. Smart Grow: Educational Games helps young kids build their vocabulary by naming the images that appear on the screen, both through audio and in writing. It's particularly handy in encouraging animal vocabulary. Although activities such as coloring and tracing are better off-screen, the wide variety of options is really great, and little kids will have fun exploring games without realizing they're developing key skills. 

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  • Families can talk about animals around the world when playing Smart Grow: Educational Games. What sounds do animals make? How do certain animals move? What animals are common in more than one continent? What animals are particular to a certain place and why? 

  • Talk about real life patterns. Challenge kids to find patterns around the home or create their own patterns with objects or when drawing.

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