What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the Leapster version of Disney Fairies contains plenty of great educational games and has a pleasant, friendly atmosphere. It should be noted, though, that the game's connection to the greater Disney Fairies franchise could succeed in enticing children to seek out other Fairies products and stories.
What's it about?
The Leapster DISNEY FAIRIES game puts the player in the tiny shoes of a new \"helper fairy\" who must assist Tinker Bell and friends in their various jobs as keepers of the natural order. You use math skills as you help paint colorless butterflies, gather pollen, and save stranded fish. You can also play hide-and-seek with Tinker Bell. Along the way, you'll find and collect pieces of lost toys; as you gather these, you can go to Tink's workshop to repair the broken playthings and return them to their forlorn child owners.
Is it any good?
It's always nice to see a math game geared toward girls, and Disney Fairies is an exceptionally sweet and wonderful one. The player-as-new-fairy scenario is a neat way to draw young kids in, and the activities are all well-designed and fun enough to ensure that the game never feels like homework. The ongoing mission of finding and rebuilding lost toys is also a very smart way of making sure kids continue to play and replay the same activities. Overall, Fairies is a twinkling star in the Leapster library.
Online interaction: Leapster 2 users can win rewards, like certificates or coloring pages, which can be downloaded from the LeapFrog.com website when the Leapster 2 unit is connected to a PC via USB cable. With an online account at LeapFrog.com, parents can also track their children's progress through this same connection.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the ways in which kids could help nature in real life. In the game, the fairies all have jobs that revolve around caring for plants and animals. Are there any things that you could do to help out nature in your own way?
Did you like playing this game because it was connected to the Disney Fairies? What if it had been about fairies not created by Disney?