Wubbzy's Beauty Salon

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Fun role-play with limited options for creativity.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn a bit about personal hygiene and grooming and see how their actions make an impact on the character's appearance, all while using their imaginations to role-play being a beauty salon owner. They use their natural curiosity as they explore the app and discover what each customer does and how each responds to a beauty treatment. Kids are empowered to choose colors and tools in some games. Wubbzy's Beauty Salon is play-based learning for preschoolers that lets them discover and role-play.

Ease of Play

Kids must explore to find out what to do, as there are no prompts or instructions. Gestures are easy for preschoolers to figure out.

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An icon advertising another app is displayed prominently on the home screen, as is a link to other apps, but both are accessible only by entering an adult's birth year.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wubbzy's Beauty Salon lets kids role-play working in a salon, getting customers ready for a night dancing at the clubs. Customers are primped and pampered with a manicure, a facial, makeup, and hair removal (which is shaving for some and plucking for others). There's no gender stereotyping, as all characters get makeup and nail polish and all faces get plucked or shaved. Some treatments prompt interesting (and sometimes gross) responses from the customers -- a powdered face makes one sneeze, and green snot covers the screen; another loudly passes gas. Once they've had their beauty treatments, they hit the dance floor at a club complete with strobe light, poles, and a spinning elevated dance floor. 

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What's it about?

WUBBZY'S BEAUTY SALON puts kids in charge of a beauty salon, where they prepare a waiting room full of customers for a night of dancing. Kids drag a customer into one of four beauty treatment rooms: the manicure room, the makeup room, the hair room, and the facial room. They'll clip, buff, and paint nails; apply makeup and shampoo, blow-dry hair, and choose a crazy hat; and shave or pluck hairs and give customers relaxing facials. After each treatment, kids are rewarded by watching their customers dance on the club's dance floor.

Is it any good?

Some parents may find the nightclub scene an odd choice for a preschool game, and the character decked out in go-go boots doing splits next to a pole might raise adult's eyebrows. Preschoolers won't think anything of it except that it's funny. With four treatment rooms and all the characters in the waiting room, kids have a lot to explore. Options for creativity are pretty limited, though. Kids have a few color options for the nail polish and several stickers for manicures, and they can choose from several tools and colors in the makeup room and a hat in the hair room. It's cute and fun to explore, with some silly surprises from the customers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characters and why they're in the salon. Make up stories to match their personalities.

  • Have a little spa day at home, giving each other facials, manicures, and makeovers. Be sure to take lots of pictures!

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