This post is sponsored by Dumb Ways JR and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. #DumbWaysJr
Summer is well underway, and it is my goal to keep my children’s imagination and love for learning flowing. It is also my goal to teach them about safety, whether they are on the playground, at home or at a friend’s house. When I found about a creative app that combines imagination, open play and safety, I wanted to know more.
The original, highly popular Dumb Ways to Die campaign began as a PSA in 2012, encouraging safe behavior around trains, train stations/platforms and at level crossings. Delivered in an entertaining way, it effectively communicates the message that it’s dumb to take risks that can have serious consequences – especially around trains. And the message is getting through. But the graphics are a bit too gory for a younger audience.
Learned behaviors start young, so Dumb Ways JR aims to introduce safety messages in an educational, age-appropriate way for a new and younger audience (3-7 year olds). There’s no blood and no dying, but the game is just as much fun, and still with safety education. And you’ll see that children can “Own” their play with these apps – they feel they’re directing the game play, and they love that!
Two new Dumb Ways JR apps are currently available for Apple and Android devices:
Dumb Ways JR Boffo’s Breakfast
In Boffo’s Breakfast, Boffo is hungry, and the child playing with the app is his personal chef. Children make him an awesome cooked breakfast by chopping and grating ingredients. They can also add sloppy items such as eggs and milk, stir the mixture, cook it, add seasonings, and serve their meal to Boffo. Players are encouraged to experiment with how many different creations they can make for Boffo.
This app engages children in fun, imaginative play where players can create endless food mash-ups for a hungry Boffo.
Children can watch Boffo react when he bites into a whole chilli or when weird ingredients are combined – sprinkles with eggs just don’t go well together! Players create fun meals from 20 ingredients, learn about food combinations and experiment as they tap, stir, mix and swipe. The children will learn about various aspects of kitchen safety in the app such as when Boffo gets worried when the heat is too high on the stove cooktop.
My 6 year old really liked playing this game. He thought it was super funny when Boffo made funny faces at the food combinations he didn’t like!
Dumb Ways JR Loopy’s Train Set
In Loopy’s Train Set, players can select from two modes of play: Drive or Build. In Drive mode, children interact by using onscreen controls to drive Loopy’s train around a prebuilt track. The design encourages children to create their own narratives as they assist passengers to board and exit the train as well as select the train speed and more points to alter the route.
In Build mode, the children are the makers. They create their own train track by arranging and connecting different-shaped pieces of track. They can also add items such as houses, trees and animals to their scene. After they have built some track, players can drive the train along it.
Children can learn about various aspects of train safety in the app such as the characters cannot cross the tracks and the boom gates at the level crossings automatically come down when the train approaches.
Both games have a “For Parents” button which is very helpful and insightful and both re-inforce the message of safety in a fun and engaging way. And I like the fact that my 9 year old likes to play the games along with my 6 year old!
As a parent, I appreciate the fact that neither of the apps have in-app purchases (and that they are both free!)
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