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The Cat in the Hat Builds That

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Upbeat feline offers fun STEM exploration on- and offscreen.

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Fun games gently introduce some foundational science and engineering skills and let kids explore. Well-loved characters guide kids as they sort, build bridges, and adjust slides. Though the graphical feel is true to Dr. Seuss' whimsical style, the audio sometimes feels canned, with awkward pauses between some words. The games get more challenging as kids keep playing, which allows kids to stay on their toes. And the free-play games that open after kids pass a few levels let kids play however they want. There's lots of help and explicit instructions for navigation and gameplay. But the app's organization is a bit unclear, which may or may not affect kids' play experience. Some aspects of the games are mundane, while others are creative, unique features. For example, many preschool apps offer a sorting game, but not many allow kids to change the height of a slide and put different substances on it to experiment with momentum and surface friction. It's also nice that there are often multiple solutions to each challenge, and kids are encouraged to try multiple times to see what happens. To that end, The Cat in the Hat Builds That does offer something unique to the crowded field of preschool apps.

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