WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
With "PlayKids – Learn Through Play" kids choose activities from a line of train cars – shows, games, voxel (a building game), books, and other short videos. The last car is the bedtime car, featuring several lullaby selections that can be played withe a timer. Dozens of preschool-appropriate shows – like "The Wiggles," "Pocoyo," "Strawberry Shortcake" – "Berry Bitty Adventures," "Bob the Builder," and "Cleo & Cuquin" are included (but they need to be downloaded before watching). Kids can also play a Minecraft-looking building game, create songs on the piano, play learning games, watch science videos, and even learn a new language. In the settings, parents can deselect any content they don't want kids to access and set time limits on app use.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
This app puts tons of kid-friendly content in one place with easy parental controls. Although other video services offer more content, they don't offer the young-kid-friendly features that "PlayKids – Learn Through Play" has. Only kids' shows are included, and, even then, parents can restrict access to some shows in the settings. And, although it's a storage hog, the downloaded shows can be watched without an internet connection, making it a great travel accessory totally worth a month's subscription. The games could stand alone in a quality educational app, too. The video quality can be set to high or low (to save storage space), but the low quality is rather blurry. This one app alone could fully stock a preschoolers device.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 3 and older
Quality: 4 out of 5
Educational value: 3 out of 5
Ease of play: 4 out of 5
Violence and scariness: 0 out of 5
Sexy stuff: 0 out of 5
Language: 0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5
Consumerism: 0 out of 5
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price: Free to try ($7.99/mo.)
Release date: October 9, 2019
Size: 684.60 MB
Publisher: Movile Internet Movel S.A.
Minimum software requirements: iOs 11.0 or later; Android varies
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