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Wild Kratts Baby Buddies
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
WILD KRATTS BABY BUDDIES starts when kids tap play and they take off on the Kratts brothers' signature sea turtle aircraft. Once they've arrived on the African savannah, kids choose from five baby animals to care for: zebra, cheetah, aardvark, crocodile, and elephant. There are different activities associated with each animal such as washing the elephant, finding termites to feed the aardvark, kicking a ball with the zebra, or protecting the cheetah from a hyena. Throughout the game, the Kratts brothers and their team offer tidbits of information about the animals.
Is it any good?
Though the Kratts brothers' enthusiasm for learning about animals is generally contagious, the breadth and user experience for this set of simple games are only OK. The graphics are true to the style of the Wild Kratts TV series, though they end up looking and feeling rather unsophisticated in this app setting. There are a good number of interesting facts about the animals, which helps enhance learning potential and provides some much needed context to the game experience. However, there are only a few games to play with each animal, which means that kids will quickly cycle through everything the app has to offer. By far the biggest downside of Wild Kratts Baby Buddies is that the interactive elements are not at all easy to find. Sometimes tappable elements are highlighted with a glowing yellow-ish aura, but despite that it's quite confusing to know where to tap or what to do. The activity descriptions in the parents section turn out to be indispensable so that parents can help kids navigate and understand what's available to do. There are some nice learning elements to Wild Kratts Baby Buddies, but even Wild Kratts fans may end up feeling a little let-down.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the animals they meet in Wild Kratts Baby Buddies. Help kids name the animals and identify some key facts about them (for example, what do they eat, where do they live, what are typical behaviors).
Show kids photographs or documentary footage of these animals to give them a better picture of what the animals are like.
Talk to kids about branding. What does it mean that this app has the same characters as a popular TV series? Does that make it more or less interesting for kids and why?
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