LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Mr. Pencil: The Lost Colors of Doodleburg
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Mr. Pencil: The Lost Colors of Doodleburg is an ebook-style educational adventure available as a downloadable app. The focus is on literacy, but the game also includes some art. Kids can read it themselves, have it read to them, or just pick and choose which words to read. It has three reading levels with increasing sentence lengths and vocabularly difficulty. There are some educational mini-games and some just-for-fun mini-games, all of which can be replayed independently once unlocked.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
Engagement, Approach, Support
This ebook-style title with mini-games has some fun elements and is well designed, but it doesn't provide the level of engagement that more in-depth educational games do.
Kids will learn by reading a cute story and playing the enjoyable mini-games wherein they practice writing letters, reading words, and remembering what the story was about. A great feature is that kids can read at three levels of difficulty.
Help is readily available. Adults can track progress via the online LeapFrog Learning Path as well as via the in-game badges. The LeapFrog website has a lot of materials to help reinforce content.
What's it about?
As LEAPFROG EXPLORER LEARNING GAME: MR. PENCIL: THE LOST COLORS OF DOODLEBURG begins, we see Dr. Dull stealing all the colors in town. Dot and Dash set out with Mr. Pencil and friends to find Dr. Dull and reclaim the lost colors. To do so, they go on an adventure that takes them sailing in an underground cave, flying in a hot-air balloon, and matching wits with Dr. Dull. Along the way, kids practice letter recognition and writing as well as reading comprehension and word recognition.
Is it any good?
LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Mr. Pencil: The Lost Colors of Doodleburg features a silly story with adventure components. Kids will enjoy chasing Dr. Dull, but some of the games and activities feel constricted. The increasing reading level makes this a better choice for younger kids who can grow with it. Kids will enjoy replaying the mini-games and activities and trying to unlock all the badges.
Families can talk about...
Why did Dr. Dull steal the colors? What would have been a different way for him to deal with the situation?
Ask kids to match starting letter sounds with objects around the house.
Help kids practice writing upper- and lowercase letters.