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This is my car - Mechanics for kids

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Hands-on, info-packed app with only a couple of flaws.

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There's enough information included that even some adults may learn a bit about how cars work. The material is presented in a fun, hands-on way that doesn't talk down to kids, but a few hiccups prevent it from being a top performer. First, kids have to earn 20 pictures to get their driver's license. That means they have to go through all the material included twice before earning their license. Although the activities are fun and the material is interesting, it'd be nice if kids got that reward after one time through the content.

Second, the cartoon illustration and car topic will appeal to preschoolers, but some text is only written and not read aloud. Most preschoolers would need the material read aloud to them. Some of the gestures and controls are awkward, especially for little hands. Successfully changing a tire can take several attempts (though perhaps that's intentional preparation for the real activity). Even with the flaws, This is my car - Mechanics for kids is drive-able without a recall, especially for kids interested in cars and mechanics.

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