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VTech InnoTab Software - Disney Planes

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Feel-good flight training with real-world skills.

Game InnoTab, InnoTab 2 2013
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VTech InnoTab Software - Disney Planes has an engaging premise that kids will enjoy and teaches some positive messages about the importance of practice and training to reach your goals. Apart from the engaging story, the idea of building up your navigation and maneuvering skills before your race is a compelling reason to work on your math knowledge. The characters are appealing for the intended age group, and the activities push the boundaries of what we typically see for young kids. For example, kids are asked to choose the shortest path for a flight from several shapes and are taught to draw some simple constellations. There's also an activity that requires them to get from point A to point B by following a set of directions, such as "move left 3 spaces."

If there's a downside, it's that the game can sometimes feel a bit scattered in terms of the learning it provides. The counting, addition, memory, constellation learning, logic, and direction following don't always feel like they match the in-game activity. They might ask themselves questions such as, why does this flight require addition? How does this memory game help me beat others in a race? Despite that minor misgiving, it's great to see some out-of-the-box activities for the preschool/early elementary school-age set, and it's tied together in a fun package kids will love.

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