Budge World – Kids Games & Fun
Budge World is a subscription-based app that grants access to hundreds of games, activities, books, and videos featuring over fifteen popular characters/brands including but not limited to Thomas the Tank Engine, Strawberry Shortcake, the Smurfs, Animal Planet, and Discovery Channel. Children can bake and decorate cakes with the Smurfs, make and eat pizza with Garfield, create scenes with Transformers Rescue Bots, play dress-up with Strawberry Shortcake, find hidden objects, read books, watch videos and take quizzes on science topics such as animals, body parts, and the solar system. One of my son’s favorite activities was a virtual train table on which he could create track, add houses and landscape features, select trains, and so forth.
Each game/activity starts with verbal (and sometimes visual) demonstration on how to play. And, the games are short, self-contained, and easy-to-play while still be engaging and entertaining. Although strictly “academic” or “educational” content is limited primarily to the Animal Planet and Discovery Channel activities, all of the app’s games help children to hone a variety of developmental skills including hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, patience, attention to detail, and concentration.
The app displays an ESRB Privacy Certified seal and there are no popup ads. Subscriptions are $6.99/month and opens all the app’s content as well as new monthly content.
Sharon Heuscher ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.