Australian Council on Children and the Media

Care Bears Love to Learn - American Greetings

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A kids educational game

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Care Bears Love to Learn was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 16 October 2014.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Care Bears Love to Learn
Developed by: American Greetings
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 4+
ACCM suggested age: 4+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Care Bears Love to Learn contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Not applicable.

App description

Care Bears Love to Learn is a game that helps kids develop various skills such as counting, problem solving, letter and colour recognition, and memory.

Reviewers comments

Care Bears Love to Learn is a game that consists of a variety of mini games to help children learn various skills. There are seven different types of mini games in this app. An American kid’s voice reads out the instructions to each game. The first game is jigsaw puzzles where the player must help a Care Bear complete a jigsaw puzzle of a certain shape. The puzzle usually consists of about 5 pieces that the player must click and drag into the correct shape. This game can help develop a child’s visual perception skills and problem solving skills, as well as teaching the kids different shapes.

In the second game, the player must slide the Care Bear back and forth across the screen with their finger to try and catch the falling items. This game can be useful for developing a child’s fine motor skills. In the third game the player is given a letter and they must click on the object that begins with that same letter. This game can be help kids learn their alphabet and develop their recognition skills. However, the letters and the names of the objects are pronounced in an American accent, which may be problematic if the child is using the app to learn pronunciation. 

In the fourth game, the child is asked to count how many cookies are on the bench. This is a relatively easy game in comparison to the others, but it is useful to help children with their counting skills.

The fifth game is beneficial for memory and recognition. The child must match cards with the same pictures on them.

The sixth game is a colour recognition game where the child is given a colour and they must click the items that are the same colour.

In the last game the child is shown a flower with five different coloured petals on it, which light up at different times. When the petals light up the child must tap on them in time with the music.  

There are no penalties for getting the answer incorrect, but when the player gets an answer right they are reinforced with positive encouragements, such as ‘good job’ or ‘well done’. At the end of the games, the player gets a Care Bear sticker prize. The aim is to try and collect all the different types of stickers.

In App purchasing

None found.

Online information

The only online information in the app is located on the ‘Parent’s Page’. To access this parents section of the app, you have to follow specific, and changing, instructions such as swipe two fingers up or three fingers left. In the parents section, you can like the app on Facebook, Youtube and Pintrest, and adjust the settings of the app.

Gambling

No gambling content found during the review.

Advertising and product placement

On the main menu of the app there is a ‘more apps’ button which takes you to a section which advertises other apps by the same developer. However, you can only access this ‘more apps’ area by following specific, and changing, instructions such as swipe two fingers up or three fingers left. This prevents younger children accessing the advertising. The app is also product placement for the Care Bears brand.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No game playing behaviour which may be of concern to parents was found during the review.

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Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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