Kids on the Road by kidFunKit is a universal app designed for iOS that allows your child to be in the drivers seat of a car. There are three levels of game play which are easy, medium and hard. Children can pick to either be a boy or girl avatar and then pick where they want to drive the car which ranges from the countryside, to the city to the beach. You drive the car on the track using arrows to navigate and pick up coins as well as avoiding obstacles as well as the other car. The app practices fine motor, motor coordination and planning to ensure that your car does not go off the track. The track builder lets you build your own track in each of the three areas (countryside, city and beach) as well as selecting the size of the track (small, medium and large). In addition, the app includes a “Grand Prix Tour” which allows you to travel all thirty race tracks in the three scenes as part of a grand prix tour.
A few notes: if you hit the arrow too many times it will cause the car to over steer, which results in the car swerving on the track. I also found a few times my son would get off the track and get frustrated by not being able to get back on. When building the track if you use the one with the X on it – that’s how you back up and are able to fix the track without having to start over. You can save up to ten of your own custom tracks for each of the areas – resulting in the opportunity to build 30 different custom tracks. The app includes both a practice as well as a “versus” where you race against another character. I would suggest that kids practice using this as they will become more familiar with the game and the controls prior to the actual races.
This is a fun game for children from preschool through elementary school. It does feature an “autopilot” if you get too far off the track enabling you to get back on the track and fix your mistakes – but unfortunately typically results in a loss or a disqualification in both the “practice” and “versus” mode.
In terms of enhancements, I would like to see the option to steer by gently moving your device versus having to steer with the arrows. My son had a few instances where he got off the track or sideways on the track and the other car would hit repeatedly until he was knocked off of the track. I would also like to see the ability to have actual obstacles off of the course – currently it feels like a game play board and can be a bit confusing for you to get back on the track.
The app contains no external links or in app purchases. It practices a number of skills including fine motor, motor planning, planning ahead in terms of having to stay on the track as well as practicing staying inside the track. The game is fun for children from preschool through early elementary school, though it does get progressively harder and can be a bit frustrating for younger users. The app is currently on sale for 50% off!
Requirements: Compatible with
Size: 0 MB
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