While I personally haven’t embraced mobile and social games (MMO’s are where my heart lies), my four year old absolutely loves them. After losing all interest in computer games, his love of my tablet is back with a vengeance and he bugs me every single day for a chance to play his favourite games. Obviously I don’t let him just have free reign over on the Google Play store, and I have mostly tried to give him a nice mix of educational and fun games. While he still occasionally nags me for a new game here and there, he’s pretty happy with the selection he has on offer. These are three that get the most action when it comes to screen time:
Number 3: Kids Preschool Puzzle
Out of all the puzzle games on offer, Kids Preschool Puzzle was one of the few that didn’t have warnings in the review section about adult content adverts showing up. I decided to play it extra safe and pay $2.99USD for the full version. The game comes with over 100 puzzles in categories including Animals, Food, Transport, Geometric Figures, Numbers, Letters, as well as Other. Liam has been enjoying the letter mode and it compliments the work we have been doing together when it comes to reading. These days he doesn’t play this game nearly as much as he used to, mostly because he seems to enjoy his floor puzzles more.
Number 2: LEGO App4+
LEGO 4+ is a free app and is recommended for kids aged between 4 and 7 years old. The premise of this game is really simple: build a LEGO vehicle and race it to collect more coins so you can earn more parts to build cooler vehicles that can get more coins… yeah you get the idea. Liam does spend a fair amount of time playing this game, and the only real nitpicky thing I have to say is that from an adults perspective, racing is kind of, well, lame. From what I have seen, you just hold down a button and win. Of course, I am not a four year old, and who am I to judge what a kid finds enjoyable? As with Kids Preschool Puzzle, it holds Liam’s attention for a little while before he decides that making his own cars with real LEGO is better.
Number 1: Angry Birds Star Wars
Number one isn’t just number one by a little bit, Angry Birds Star Wars blows the others out of the water. Not only does he spend most of his time playing it, Liam absolutely loves the Angry Birds franchise as a whole. Seriously, he has a treasure chest devoted to the little Angry Birds Star Wars collectible figurines. Not to mention the Angry Birds Pyjamas he insists on wearing. Or the Angry Birds hat that occasionally comes out so he can pretend he is a real life angry bird. He. Is. OBSESSED. If you’ve never heard of Angry Birds before, it’s a puzzle game where you use a projectile — in this case, the projectiles are Star Wars themed birds — to knock down structures and “pop” the pigs. From an educational perspective, it seems to be teaching him angles, so I guess he’s going to be a killer pool player when he’s older So there you have it, a mix of educational and entertaining games that you would probably imagine a four year year old boy would enjoy. What mobile games do your kids love?