LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Hello Kitty: Sweet Little Shops

Common Sense Media says

This smart cat engages kids in math to help her friends.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids are encouraged to be good helpers, be friendly to others, and help customers.

Positive role models

Hello Kitty is always kind to friends and works hard to make her parents proud of her.

Ease of play

The controls are easy to understand, but they aren't always as responsive as they could be. 

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Hello Kitty is part of a larger consumer franchise with a wide range of products.

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

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

Subjects

Math

  • estimation
  • graphing
  • numbers
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • part-whole relationships
  • problem solving

Communication

  • friendship building

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • estimation
  • graphing
  • numbers
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • part-whole relationships
  • problem solving

Communication

  • friendship building

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

Kids can learn about math by exploring charts, estimation, numbers, shapes, graphs, and sorting. The content begins at an introductory level, depending on the age of the child, and increases in difficulty. Kids help out all of Hello Kitty's friends and shopkeepers as they prepare, select, and box customer orders. They learn to estimate the right box size for baked treats, catch the correct ice cream scoops, use a chart to choose the right cakes and cookies, and sort pasta into the proper bins. These tantalizing sweets create a fun backdrop for learning important math skills.

This Learning Rating review was written by Christy Matte

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Game details

Platforms:LeapPad Explorer, LeapPad Ultra, LeapPad2, LeapsterGS
Price:$24.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Not available online
Developer:LeapFrog
Release date:August 1, 2013
Genre:Educational
Topics:Cats, dogs, and mice, Friendship, Numbers and letters

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