LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Disney Doc McStuffins

Common Sense Media says

Cuddly game teaches hygiene and health with stuffed friends.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Doc McStuffins emphasizes good health and hygiene and encourages kids to seek the help of an adult when needed.

Positive role models

The characters are all kind to each other and nurturing. 

Ease of play

The controls are friendly for preschoolers, and the directions for the different tasks are clear.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This is based on a popular TV franchise that has a lot of product tie-ins. 

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Disney Doc McStuffins is as cute and feel-good as the TV series on which it is based. Kids will learn to use, or at least to recognize, the common tools from a doctor's office, including a stethoscope, an otoscope, and a patient chart. Expect to hear a lot about good hygiene, germs, healthy foods, and taking care of yourself. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • biology

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • thinking critically

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet
  • exercise
  • fitness
  • preventing sickness

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will enjoy working with Doc McStuffins and helping all her toy friends. Replayability is strong for those in the target range since they thrive on some repetition of tasks.

Learning Approach

Curing sick toys is empowering for this age group. Each pretend illness mimics symptoms kids may recognize from real life. Doc's diagnoses come with messages about health and hygiene that are relatable for young children.
 

Support

In-context help and prompts are plentiful. Adults can track progress through the online LeapFrog Learning Path and will find ample resources on the LeapFrog website.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • biology

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • thinking critically

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet
  • exercise
  • fitness
  • preventing sickness

Kids can learn about good hygiene (hand-washing and toothbrushing, for example) and healthy habits (eating well, good exercise) as they help cure patients. They'll also work on their problem-solving and observation skills. Playing doctor with Doc McStuffins empowers kids to heal and help others, even though they're playing with stuffed animals.

This Learning Rating review was written by Christy Matte

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What's it about?

LEAPFROG EXPLORER LEARNING GAME: DISNEY DOC MCSTUFFINS invites kids into the world of popular TV character Doc McStuffins. Kids help Rescue Rhonda Helicopter find toy friends who are sick or hurt. Using the doctor's tools, kids give Doc a hand as she diagnoses 24 illnesses with cute names such as "Slippy Drippies." Kids will need to use their observation skills to find a small tear using a magnifying glass or to find differences between two pictures in the patient chart. Once Doc hands down her diagnosis, kids help cure the patient. Sometimes they may give stitches (trace a dotted line) or give instructions for a cure (place pictures in the correct order). Each illness is entered into Doc's "Big Book of Boo-Boos," and Doc McStuffins reminds kids of the importance of good hygiene and good health as well as of telling an adult when they need help. Kids can look through the book later or investigate the tools in Doc's medical bag. There's also an area where kids can design their own Band-Aids and practice placing them on "Boo-Boo Bear." New designs are unlocked during the flights with Rescue Rhonda.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Preschoolers will generally find LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Disney Doc McStuffins to be a delightful opportunity to interact with a favorite TV character while also practicing their "medical skills." The activities are age-appropriate, and most kids in this group will enjoy (rather than simply tolerate) the repetition that will crop up after extended play. A few interactive areas help round out the experience in the waiting room. If your child is a Doc McStuffins fan, he or she will get a kick out of this game.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether playing this game makes kids want to watch the TV show. Is that why the developers made this game?

  • Seek out play tools so your kids can open their own clinic for stuffed animals.

  • Write and draw sequence stories with your kids; ask them, "What happens first?"

Game details

Platforms:LeapPad Explorer, LeapPad Ultra, LeapPad2, LeapsterGS
Price:$24.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Not available online
Developer:LeapFrog
Release date:November 1, 2013
Genre:Preschool
Topics:Dinosaurs, Friendship, Ocean creatures

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