Wonder Woollies Play World

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Woodsy world encourages pretend play with fuzzy creatures.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids engage in pretend play and let their imaginations take the lead. They can practice storytelling, role-playing, and will feel totally in charge as they explore and manipulate everything on the screen.

Ease of Play

It's easy to explore the fantasy world, but small objects are sometimes hard to grab and move.

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Sexy Stuff
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Consumerism

The free download includes limited content and a large section of visibly locked content. The in-app purchase to unlock the additional content is parent-gated.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wonder Woollies Play World is an open-ended fantastical land where kids can freely engage in pretend play. Kids move around furry creatures and objects in a variety of scenes as they experiment and make up stories. The free download includes access to a few characters, scenes, tools, and settings. Small objects can be hard to grab, and some actions require very exact placement. Young kids may have trouble with the fine-motor control these actions require. A multi-touch function allows two players to move things around at the same time. Unlock the full app for more of everything with an in-app purchase of $3.99. 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?

Tap play to enter WONDER WOOLLIES PLAY WORLD. Once in, tap and drag little furry creatures to move them around among different settings such as a house, a bakery, a picnic, and a garden. Pick up food, drink, or objects to move them around or have the creatures interact with them. Put a hanging key in its nearby keyhole to watch a short video and complete a mini-activity such as a puzzle. Tap the moon/sun icon to change from night to day and back again. A Tidy Up button puts everything back to its original place so kids can start over afresh.

Is it any good?

This pretend world has delightfully quaint graphics for sparking imagination, though play is limited to what the digital space allows. Kids who love furry creatures will appreciate the cutesy characters and their colorfully charming world. The multi-touch function is a nice way to encourage kids to play and pretend with friends or parents. How much kids get out of Wonder Woollies Play World will truly depend on how much it's able to inspire them to be creative or tell stories. The free version has limited content and can quickly feel like not enough -- especially with grayed out graphics with a big lock over them enticing kids to want more. Parents should make their policy about in-app purchases clear before starting to play, and in any case, be prepared for kids asking to unlock more content. The activities are pretty basic and don't add much; The focus here is really on open-ended pretend play. And the more you talk with your kid about what they're doing in the app, the more learning potential it has!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the stories kids invent with Wonder Woollies Play World. Play with your kids but let them take the lead. Ask them about who the different characters, what they're doing, and why.

  • Encourage lots of offscreen pretend play with tea sets, dolls, stuffed animals, action figures, cardboard boxes, and more.

  • Discuss storytelling. If your kid wants to use the app to tell stories, encourage them to have a beginning, a middle, and an end.

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