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What we love…

Bright, cheerful graphics, and fun interactive elements. Instructions provided for all activities.

What we’d love to see…

Ability to switch off background music, child proofing of app store links.

Summary

Fun series of mini games and a great starting point for conversations  about tools and  tool safety

Our Rating

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Alex the Handyman is a universal app from Curious Fingers. It is designed to teach young children about tools and DIY, using a series of fun mini-games. The app contains no adverts, in-app purchases or social media links. The home page does include a “more apps” icon which goes to descriptions of their other apps and app store links. There is a parents’ section which explains how to play all the mini-games and also advises parents to talk to their children about safe tool use and which jobs are for adults only.

Alex the Handyman has been hired by the bear family to fix up their home, and boy does it need some help! There are 10 different areas around the house and garden to explore and fifteen jobs to do, each requiring different tools. Once the child chooses which room to visit Alex appears to fix the problem. First the child opens his toolbox and they have to pick the right tool for the job. They have 9 different tools to choose from (the selection changes each time). If they pick the wrong one, there is a subtle “uh oh” and the right tool wiggles. Once they have the right tool they have to use it to do the job, and again if they seem to need help hints appear. Once they complete the job there is plenty of positive reinforcement with streamers, and cheering.

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There are lots of job to do in the Bear home – from painting a wall, through mending a broken fence to putting out a fire or fixing a broken electrical cord. The app is a great opportunity to talk to children about different tools, how they are used and why one tool is better than another for a particular job. The jobs are usually simple enough for 3 year olds to do, but there are some things you need to know e.g. to let go of the paint roller between sections so it will move on to the next panel. All of these directions are in the parents section.  It would be nice to be able to turn the screwdriver handle instead of tapping it, as this did confuse my children at first.  I would also like it made clear with the electrical repair that it  has to be unplugged first. The tools/jobs that are included in the app are:

Paint Roller – painting a wall.
Screwdriver – fixing a wheel that has come off a toy train.
Hammer – Fixing a broken fence.
Trowel – laying bricks.
Saw – cutting wood to fix a ladder.
Electric Drill – drilling in a screw to hang a picture.
Wrench – fixing a dripping tap.
Pliers – fixing a broken electrical cord.
Air Pump – pumping a car tire.
Fire Extinguisher – putting out a kitchen fire.
Watering Can – watering plants.
Super Glue – fixing a broken vase.
Needle & Thread – mending a torn dress.
Stain Remover – removing a stain from the bed.
Bulbs- replacing blown bulbs in the garage.

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The app has bright, cheerful graphics, and fun interactive elements. It is accompanied by lively background music. I would like to see an option to turn off the background music in the settings.

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Overall, a fun app for preschoolers and early elementary school-age children. I think pre-schoolers will get the most value out of this app but my two kindergartener’s enjoy playing it too. I’d love to hire Alex to fix all the jobs around my house! The games are simple even for very young children and I like having all the instructions easily available in the parents’ section. It is a fun series of mini games and a great starting point for conversations with children about tools and what tool works best for what job. I think it is also important for parents to take the opportunity to talk to children about the potential dangers, what safeguards need to be used, which jobs are strictly for adults only, and why children must never try to do these jobs themselves in real life without an adult.

 

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Alex The Explorer - Kids Games
Alex The Explorer - Kids Games
by Paper Boat Apps

Category: Games, Education, Role Playing, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76, iPhoneXS-iPhoneXS, iPhoneXSMax-iPhoneXSMax, iPhoneXR-iPhoneXR, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878
Size: 86.68 MB

$FREE

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