LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Hello Kitty: Sweet Little Shops
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Hello Kitty: Sweet Little Shops is a math-based game that exposes kids to the concepts of estimation, sorting, graphing, numbers, and shapes. It's full of Hello Kitty sweetness that encourages being kind, helping out others, and making Mom and Dad proud. Kids should start with a basic understanding of what it means to estimate and what a chart is, because the brief in-game descriptions assume this understanding.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- part-whole relationships
- problem solving
- friendship building
- meeting challenges together
Engagement, Approach, Support
This is so much fun to play, as Hello Kitty helps out her friends and community. Shops filled with candy and baked goods present a fun backdrop for practicing math skills.
This game offers a great range of skills in each category area, with room to grow. Although the skills intro assumes some knowledge, the educational content is wonderfully integrated into the tasks.
Solid help is available. Adults can track kids' learning progress through the LeapFrog Learning Path and can access support materials and activities in the Parent section of the LeapFrog website.
What's it about?
In LEAPFROG EXPLORER LEARNING GAME: HELLO KITTY: SWEET LITTLE SHOPS, Hello Kitty spends a week helping out shopkeepers and customers with math-related tasks. The shop specialties include ice cream, flowers, bakery, fruit, pasta, and cheese. She needs to estimate the proper boxes to hold her treats, sort groceries by color and shape, estimate the number of items in a group, collect specific numbered items, and fill orders based on a customer chart. She can also visit the photo booth to take and decorate a picture; the sample table to graph the favorite treats of the day; and the jelly bean station to estimate the number of jelly beans in a jar. Each day of Hello Kitty's week has a different theme, such as sports or flowers. Kids earn stickers for the photo booth each time they help a shopkeeper in need, and they add hearts to their heart meters for helping. Creative kids also will enjoy customizing signs for each of the shops.
Is it any good?
LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Hello Kitty: Sweet Little Shops is an engaging way to help kids understand estimation, sorting, graphing, and charts. There are a lot of different shops for kids to visit and other activities to discover along the way, so kids won't quickly get bored. A nice feature is that the difficulty within the activities levels up based on how kids play, so the game continues to present a challenge. This is a fun, solid choice with a good range of content.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about playing math games. Is this a fun way to practice these skills?
Graph your family's favorite desserts, fruits, and veggies.
Play sorting games with household objects based on color, shape, and size, and practice estimating the number of objects in a pile or a jar.