Bottom Line: Kids can learn sorting skills as they deliver food to the elephant at the zoo which focuses on colors, shapes and numbers up to five. While playing, kids can earn extra items by delivering items each character want and by keeping keen eyes on the background for extra points. This app is completely free, with no third-party ads, but it does have an external link for getting reports in Facebook Messenger that does not have a parent protection.
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Safari School opens to a home page that contains a parent section. There, parents can sign up for directions on receiving personalized learning reposts. Once in the game, it's easy for kids to start playing right away and there are accessible custom settings available. Custom settings include: age of child (3-4, 4-5 or 5-6), language preference (English, German, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, French and Spanish), sound off or on, music off or on and a choice to fully reset the game. Children start off with a train in the station and Leo the cat. Visual prompts show users what to do an what is needed. For instance, putting Leo in the train, then ringing the bell to start moving. Along the way, children have tasks to complete and discover. Every trip involves a visit to the dock to either pick up an animal to be moved to the zoo or food items to be sorted by color, shape and number. The next stop on every trip is the zoo where the elephant is delivered and subsequent visits involve delivering the items he wishes to eat depending on the visual prompt. Sorting gets slightly more difficult with each age level, but not so difficult as to discourage young learners.
There are items to be earned while playing. When children complete tasks and find hidden objects by tapping on animals and bushes, the are rewarded with candy. For every twelve pieces of candy earned, a gift is given that contains new items such as a coin for the vending machine, hats for the characters and even sunglasses. Each trip earns candy as well as new characters that will require their own items such as ice cream, flowers, driving the boat or train and even a basket of mushrooms. A fun little item that may be missed by some users is a clock at the tock that shows the actual time. Parents that play with their children can utilize this item as a sneaky way to introduce telling time.
While tinkering with this app, I found no bugs. The app is attractive and colorful with cute characters such as a boy, girl, elephant, crow and Leo. At the end of each age level, a panda shows up and wants to be taken to a pagoda, which ends the chapter. Hopefully, the developer will take my advice and leave the prompt to sign up for notifications for a new app off and replace the message with something more geared to the age of players three to six such as "Good Job! Play again?" or "Next level?".
Overall, for a free app, this is quite the find for parents of toddlers and kindergarten children.