Go to School on a Train
Safari School is a train adventure where conductor Leo the Cat introduces young children to counting, sorting, and colors. Players help the conductor of this zoo train to load his empty train cars with fruits and vegetables and then feed an elephant based on pictorial requests.
The learning in Safari School can be set to be appropriate for ages 3-4, 4-5, or 5-6. At the easiest level, preschoolers sort fruits and veggies based on color or type. When they encounter the cute pink elephant, it requests specific food, such as green apples or things that are yellow.
If the age setting is for ages 4-5, the rules for sorting get more complicated, so that green bananas go into one train car whereas yellow bananas go into another. The elephant might ask for one green banana and one yellow.
For kindergartners, the learning reinforces counting up to 5, and the sorting involves more attributes. The elephant might want four red foods, that have been previously sorted into two different cars.
The app awards candies for tasks being completed; and others can be earned by exploring the scenery. When kids earn 12 candies, they are rewarded with a gift of paint to decorate the train or clothing accessories for the characters you meet along the way.
Safari School creates a fun, festive environment in which to play. There is no way to fail, so kids won't get frustrated. If they sort an item into the wrong train car, the item simply returns to the dock for resorting. Likewise, if you feed the elephant the wrong food, it simply won't reach for it.
The learning progression is appropriate, so that young preschoolers sort by colors, and can see sets of objects. As they succeed and get older, the app introduces sorting by shape, numbers, and counting within these sets.
Also well done is the app's introduction of two diverse kids who can take turns driving the train along with Leo the Cat. One is a little girl with a brown skin tone, and the other is a boy with a lighter skin tone.
The app encourages further exploration by having the player's touching result in flowers blooming, bushes flowering, and bee hives releasing honeycombs (that can be fed to the conductor).
Safari School has parental reports, but they only arrive on Facebook Messenger. We would have preferred an option to get the reports via email or from within the app.
Another design weakness is the inability to set up multiple accounts so that a sibling's progress is saved. As is, the app only saves one player's progress.
With its three levels of learning, Safari School
works well for young children between the ages of 3-6. By featuring both a girl and boy as train conductors, this app will appeal to both genders. Train-loving kids will be excited, since there are whistles to blow and bells to clang!
If your kids like Safari School
, they will likely find some of the other kids apps on the rec list Top Train Apps for Kids
to be of interest. This Safari School app review was written by Jinny Gudmundsen.
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