Strawberry Shortcake Summer Fun

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Delightful app features positive story, addictive games.

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Educational Value

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.

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.

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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.

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What 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.

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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?

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. 

Talk to your kids 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. 

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