Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Dr. Panda's Veggie Garden (best free android apps for kids)
Don’t you love it when that drawn out word is inflected with excitement instead of whining?
“Veggie Garden is great”
“I love Veggie Garden!”
“Mom! This is the best game ever!”
There, my five-year-old has reviewed it… do you still need me to?
FREE $1.99 (full)
FREE $1.99 (full)
Okay, fine then. Dr. Panda’s Veggie Garden (I’ve got a small issue with its name as most of what I grew while playing it was fruit, not veggies) is a loop of mini games that adults will find repetitive but charming and kids will love.
The graphics are awesome. The controls are fairly smooth. The game is straightforward. I got bored after about two rounds of planting, watering, growing, and picking but El Kiddo played for 20 minutes. Let me reiterate… 20 minutes of playing quietly in his room instead of fighting with his older brother. 20 minutes of not once having to ask me what to do or how to cancel some pop-up ad.
It’s actually a pretty good lesson in agriculture. Children learn about watering, fertilizing, and even rotating plants so that they receive the most sunlight. My kids have had the pleasure of growing in our own garden and a community garden, but for the more urban among their playset the mere fact that the game shows the progress from dirt to seed to plant to fruit to harvest may be a revelation.
And it may just be a coincidence, but immediately after playing he asked if he could snack on some sugar snap peas. Not only that, but he loved the game and wanted to show it off so much that he willingly handed the family tablet over to his sister to show her the “great game” he had just been playing.
Veggie-eating and good sharing results not guaranteed, but your kid will definitely learn a lot about the lifecycle of plants and how food is produced.
APP DESCRIPTION ON GOOGLE PLAY
Let your kids try the FREE version of the fun and interactive Dr. Panda's Veggie Garden!
Play 5 of the minigames included in the full version. Get the full version to unlock more minigames, more animals and more FUN!
★ A Parents’ Choice Recommended Award Winner!
★ SmartAppsForKids “Another winner from Dr. Panda, this endless loop of gardening mini-games will keep your small ones occupied for ages.”
★ TheiMums “The app has many opportunities for open ended play as well as the opportunity to explain a specific step such as the growing process in a simple concise manner to children.”
★ Giggleapps “Children will find this app utterly engaging as they watch the detailed growth over seconds that would take weeks to form, all with their own active participation…”
Plow, plant, water and harvest in Dr. Panda’s Veggie Garden! In Dr. Panda’s Veggie Garden your little farmer will grow all kinds of veggies and fruits for their very own animal customers! Kids can cultivate and harvest over 12 different fruits and veggies in Dr. Panda’s Veggie Garden combining fun with clear educational values.
Dr. Panda’s Veggie Garden makes kids familiar with the process of planting and growing different vegetables and fruits. With 2 bonus games included! Great learning value for kids and parents alike while having fun!
- 30 different steps including digging, plowing, seeding, watering and harvesting
- 2 educational bonus games included
- 5 animal customers
- 12 different vegetables and fruits
- Kids Safe - no in app purchasing and 3rd party website links