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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that VTech InnoTab Software - Disney Minnie is an educational title geared at preschool and kindergarten-age kids. It introduces simple math concepts (numbers, patterns, shapes, and colors) through games and activities centered on hair-bow fashion. Kids should be able to use a stylus and understand the motion capabilities of their device. They may need help choosing a game level that's appropriate for their skills as each educational activity offers "easy" and "difficult" levels. Parents should be aware that it includes several Disney characters, many of whom star or feature prominently in other Disney products. Editor's Note: This game's publisher, VTech, experienced a breach of parent and student data on November 14, 2015. Click here for more information.
What's it about?
VTECH INNOTAB SOFTWARE - DISNEY MINNIE contains an ebook, three learning activities, and three creative activities. The story, "Trouble Times Two," shares what happens when Minnie's nieces, Melody and Millie, come to visit Minnie's bow shop just before a famous actress arrives. When they fool around and make a mess, can they fix it? The rest of the games and activities center on Minnie's shop. Three educational options (Bow Showers, Bows Aglow, and Fix the Fashions) ask kids to help sort, count, match, and color bows. Three activities are creative (Make a Bow, The Bow Show, and Photo Fun); kids design their own bows with different colors and jewels. They also can help Melody and Millie host a bow fashion show with special effects. Finally, as with most InnoTab titles, there's a photo center where kids can take pictures with virtual props such as hats, wigs, and frames.
Is it any good?
VTech InnoTab Software - Disney Minnie is age-appropriate cuteness and learning for younger family members. The games and controls are simple enough for first-time gamers and will continue to entertain kids as they head into elementary school. Although some InnoTab titles offer an adventure mode to tie the mini-games together, this one skips that. As a result, it's not the deepest experience, but it works for the content and the target age group. Kids will enjoy designing the bows and putting on little fashion shows with fireworks and special lighting, all while learning some critical math basics. This is a nice introductory title for kids just starting to play this type of game.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about behavior. What do you think about Melody and Millie's behavior in the story? What could they have done differently? What do you think of their solution in the end?
Talk about patterns. What patterns can you see in your house? Practice making patterns with vegetables, toys, clothes, and other everyday objects.
- Platforms: InnoTab, InnoTab 2
- Subjects: Math: patterns, shapes
- Skills: Creativity: making new creations
Responsibility & Ethics: learning from consequences
- Price: $24.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: VTech Electronics
- Release date: July 13, 2013
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Numbers and letters
- ESRB rating: NR
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