Merric and I aren’t the only gamers in the house. In case you haven’t noticed our new logo, we’ve added Baby Hobbit into the scene and on purpose. I thought it might be fun to occasionally share the games she is playing.
If you have no interest in kid apps, feel free to skip this article. I have this and all future articles clearly labeled as something Baby Hobbit is playing so you can avoid them if desired.
Baby Hobbit isn’t playing any MMOs on her own although she is very aware of them. She’ll sit on our laps and direct us (or even all of the Dums on occasion) on what to do in game but the idea I have here is to discuss what she’s playing on her own.
The majority of her playtime is on a mobile device and so a lot of these discussion will be app based. Currently in our household we have Android phones and iOS tablets1.
Baby Hobbit actually has a “chore” chart2 hanging in her room and at the end of the week we count up her stars and the reward is she gets to pick out a new app. The more stars, the more she has to spend on an app. We’ve been doing this for about a year now and is something she still looks forward to earning each week. As a result we have a nice cycle of apps we are obtaining weekly. We’ll only write about the apps she constantly plays or specifically tells me she really likes.
Without further ado, here is our first article on Baby Hobbit’s gaming!
I have to admit first off that I have never watched the television program as we do not subscribe to cable or satellite tv in our house4. Those of your familiar with the program may find my basic description of the game probably a little lacking.
Doc McStuffins is a game where you repair toys that have boo-boos. You have to search for the problem and then perform some sort of activity to make the toy feel better.
It is pretty darn cute actually as the illnesses the toys suffer from are things like ‘No-go-atosis”. The big book of boo boos lists all the patients she’s seen and what ailments they have suffered. I see her flipping through this a lot and enjoys looking at the drawings of the patients. The cuddles with Lamby part are my favorite.
There is also a mixupitis game where the toys have mismatched arms and legs you need to fix.
The Doctor’s Kit is a game where you use the doctor’s tools on your real stuffed animal using the device’s camera. When we got this Baby Hobbit was playing on her first generation iPad5 which didn’t have a camera so she ignored this area and rightly so.
The Pictures Stickers is where you take your own pictures and apply bandages and stickers. Baby Hobbit has played with it using pictures we have saved on the iPad but she has other aps that do this better with more sticker options so she didn’t spend a lot of time with this.
I asked Baby Hobbit what she liked most about this game and she said she liked the Mixupitis game the best.
I tried to get a picture of her playing it but the screen was a tad bit too bright. Anyway you can see how much she is enjoying it.
As a parent, I wouldn’t call it super educational other than maybe learning what doctor instruments are called and do. Not every game needs to teach though and she finds it fun.
The price is typical of a Disney app so I don’t have much to comment on that. It’s a bit simple but $3.99 wasn’t too much to pay considering it is a game she is enjoying and still playing weeks after purchasing.
I will say the app is very cute and doesn’t make a lot of annoying noises while she plays so that gets a thumbs up from me.
- She also enjoys games on the Nintendo DS and NickJr.com so maybe if she finds something she really enjoys we can mention them, too. ↩
- I say “chore” in quotations as they are simple tasks. They are items like brush your teeth, get dressed, pick up your toys, or help mommy or daddy. They are not hard labor we’re forcing our 4-year-old to do. Just wanted to make that clear. ↩
- The web version doesn’t have all the games as the app. Just the check up and the big book of boo boos from what I could see ↩
- This is on purpose ↩
- Also known as mommy’s first iPad ↩