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Tami's Tower

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Build a tower, test, and improve to help a hungry monkey.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn some basic principles of engineering. By building towers that are both tall and sturdy, kids practice concepts of balance, weight distribution, and more. Kids also must put shapes together to form new shapes.

Ease of Play

A detailed step-by-step tutorial teaches kids how to play.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tami's Tower is a game that touches in principles of engineering. Kids use a variety of shapes to build a tower that's both tall enough for Tami the Tamil monkey to reach its high hanging snack and sturdy enough to withstand the ground shaking while other animals run by. Players are invited to provide a name but can use an alias or choose to skip this step. An audio and visual tutorial teaches kids how to play. Access kids' confidence ratings for the stability of each tower they build, and whether or not their tower did stay standing, in the "Summary" section. Turn background music, sound effects, or the voiceover off in the settings menu. Tapping on New Game erases all progress already made through the levels, so only tap there when you want to reset the 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?

Use simple shapes to build TAMI'S TOWER so that it's tall and stable enough for Tami to reach a piece of fruit. In each level, kids have a specific number of different shapes that they must use to build their tower. Once kids are happy with their tower, they rate how stable they think it is before an alligator or panda runs by to shake the ground and test it. If it withstands the test - and is high enough to help Tamil reach the fruit - kids move to the next level. If not, kids try again. Kids can play the leveled challenges, or free play in the sandbox. 

Is it any good?

Principles of engineering are easily accessible for preschoolers with this delightful little tower-building game. There are lots of little details that make Tami's Tower stand out. Precise, easy-to-follow audio and visual instructions help kids know what they need to do. Cute animals and the storyline help to engage kids. A variety of hints -- like a grayed outline of a failed tower that guides kids in making a different construction -- provide good scaffolding. And the option to play in the leveled progression or in a sandbox lets kids experience the benefits of a challenge and of open-ended free experimentation. Kids may find it a bit unnatural to rotate shapes before placing them in the playing zone, but they should be able to get used to it. Also, it can be frustrating that progress is deleted when kids tap New Game. It would be nice to be able to save progress or at least have a warning that progress will be deleted. The function where kids rate their confidence about the stability of their tower could also use some additional context. Though it's a great idea to have kids think about their process and confidence level to practice metacognition, as is, it's not clear what this rating is for or how it's helpful for enhancing kids' learning. Overall, however, Tami's Tower is an excellent engineering experience that encourages a learning process. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the planning process for building Tami's Tower. What shapes would work best on the bottom and why? How can some shapes be placed together to form other shapes?

  • When a tower fails, ask kids why it fell. What can they do differently next time?

  • Give kids real blocks of a variety of shapes to experiment with building towers. Is building with real blocks differnet than building in the app? How?

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