Strawberry Shortcake Summer Fun

 

Learning(i)

Delightful app features positive story, addictive games.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Kids hit an arrow to advance to the next page in the story, and easy-to-follow instructions show them how to play the games. The controls are very forgiving of little fingers.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

The app features the heavily marketed Strawberry Shortcake line of toys and movies and is a tie-in with the Strawberry Shortcake: Fun in the Sun movie. A logo link to other Strawberry Shortcake apps is featured on the start page, and other apps from the developer also are linked; both require entering an adult's birth year for access.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No personal information is collected from kids. A pixel embedded in the app collects anonymous data on usage. Parents can opt to subscribe to a newsletter or rate the app, but that functionality is accessible only from the protected parent section.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Strawberry Shortcake Summer Fun features an interactive storybook based on the movie Strawberry Shortcake: Fun in the Sun. The sweet story about not letting a little disappointment ruin the fun is read aloud, and several pages include a few interactive features. Kids also can play a surfing game and a kid-friendly matching game similar to Candy Crush Saga as well as color pages in the digital coloring book.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Arts

  • painting

Skills

Emotional Development

  • moving beyond obstacles
  • persevering

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Both the story and the games are high-interest for kids. Strawberry Shortcake fans will absolutely love the interactive story, but even kids who don't care for the characters can enjoy the games.

Learning Approach

With the sweet story and fun games, kids will be focused on having fun, but they'll also improve reading skills and learn social skills. Kids also can tap words to hear them repeated to help with vocabulary and spelling.

Support

Kids can unlock hair accessories and surfboards with points they earn in the games. Parents can access more learning-related materials, such as character-based worksheets, through the parent link.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Arts

  • painting

Skills

Emotional Development

  • moving beyond obstacles
  • persevering

Kids can learn social and emotional skills and improve reading skills playing Strawberry Shortcake Summer Fun. The story's themes of collaboration and perseverance model good coping skills. Hearing the text read aloud while they follow along with the highlighted words can help kids with their reading skills. Playing the games will get kids thinking critically as they practice fine motor skills. Strawberry Shortcake Summer Fun offers kids positive themes that promote friendship and social skills.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

In STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE SUMMER FUN, Strawberry Shortcake and her friends are looking forward to their trip to Berry Breezy Resort when they find out the resort is closing for the day. Rather than letting that stop their fun, the friends decide to recreate the resort on the lake instead, each doing what she was most looking forward to enjoying: surfing, building sand castles, dancing, and snorkeling. Kids can read along with the story, play two games -- Berry Blast and Berry Bitty Surfing -- or color the coloring pages.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Positive messages abound in this story, which manages to be sweet without going over the top with saccharine. Strawberry Shortcake and her friends make the best of their situation, and each friend does what she wants to do with her day rather than giving up her ideas and dreams to go along with the crowd. Though the story doesn't show the work they do, it does mention that the girls worked hard to make their lake into the resort they wanted. The interactive features are delightful. Kids will get a kick out of scrolling through the girls' last vacation photos or changing the designs on the surfboards. The games, which are good enough to stand on their own in an app, are impressively addictive and will appeal to a broader range than only fans of the characters. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the girls didn't let a problem with their plans ruin their fun but used their imaginations and some effort to still have fun.

  • Families also can talk about how each girl had a different idea about how she wanted to spend her day and enjoyed her own activities rather than simply doing what her friends were doing. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:May 29, 2014
Category:Education
Topics:Book characters, Friendship, Great girl role models
Size:71.90 MB
Publisher:Cupcake Digital
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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