A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to tell time with an analog clock and to match the same time with a digital clock. A step-by-step tutorial introduces the clock, its numbers, the big hand and the little hand, and how to put it all together. Then, there's lots of practice through a game, a drill set, and an interactive book. Kids also can get a sense of what different times mean and how time passes throughout the day as they read about the Smurfs' daily schedule. Kids could learn more problem-solving skills if the help button provided clues to the solution rather than jumping immediately to showing the right answer. Overall,Telling Time with the Smurfs teaches kids the basics of telling time, and the duller elements won't bother a true Smurfs fan.
Ease of Play
Mostly easy and intuitive. Kids must tap arrows to advance through a story. One game requires kids to tap and drag but doesn't respond well.
Products & Purchases
Icon (sometimes more than one) links to information about other apps by the same developer. Actual purchase is protected behind a birth-year parent lock. Connects to a wider branding effort of the Smurfs.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Telling Time with the Smurfs is pretty much exactly what the title suggests it is: Kids play with clocks and with the Smurfs through an interactive tutorial, a book, and a game as they learn about the little hand, the big hand, and how time passes during the day.
Is It Any Good?
In Telling Time with the Smurfs, the Smurfs explain how to tell time using kid-friendly language and lots of visual aids, though some sections fall a bit flat. The tutorial is clear and well-paced but a little dry, and the game and practice sections feel a bit like learning drills. It's the "Read" activity that really stands out; kids learn about how the Smurfs schedule their days, set the clock to show the right time for eating lunch or working in the garden, and then play with the Smurfs to make them eat, cut bushes, and more. Kids not only practice setting an analog clock but also get a sense of how to interpret the meaning of different times of day. As a bonus, the Smurfs' meals are full of yummy, healthy foods.
At the end of the story are some great suggestions for discussion to extend learning. Overall, the concept of telling time is clearly -- if sometimes dully -- explained, which is all super, so long as parents don't mind the overt branding.
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