Big Kid Life Fire Fighter

L'il tykes do some solid problem-solving while showing courage

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Grades

Pre-K–1

Subjects & Skills

Communication & Collaboration, Critical Thinking, English Language Arts, Math

Great for

Game-Based Learning

Price: Free
Platforms: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Pros: It's easy to monitor what kids are learning.

Cons: Quizzes come at the end, so kids may rush through them to get the reward.

Bottom Line: Critical-thinking challenges and age appropriate quizzes turn kids into heroes.

 

After completing each level, kids have the chance to record a message or email the person who helped them create their account.

 

 

The romanticized world of firefighting gets interactive in Big Kid Life Fire Fighter. There's mild scariness here, with fire and smoke. But mostly kids are solving problems about how to put out fires, go on rescue missions, and find their way through buildings. The first step is choosing an avatar and a truck. The game has three levels, and longer trucks mean more challenging courses with more fires to put out. Also, the harder the level, the more difficult it is to maneuver through a house.

After kids have made their selections, it's time to fight fires and smoke monsters! Little firefighters will rescue animals and extinguish blazes with their avatars, who turn red if they run into smoke or flames -- but kids aren't penalized for not extinguishing flames quickly enough.

Problem-solving skills are paramount as kids work their way through a building. For example, how do they get to the next floor when the ladder is blocked by a wall or boxes? (Fortunately, a narrator provides suggestions.) The final step is to climb a ladder as kids move toward an exit door, which has a star on it. Before they can get out, though, they have to solve a puzzle at a box on the wall. A question must be answered correctly, and all questions are early preschool-level, about shapes, colors, numbers, or categories (of the "which does not belong" variety). When kids complete tasks, the narrator recognizes them for their hard work and encourages them to do it faster next time. It's a solid and age-appropriate game, from the high-interest role play and parent communication to the help and guidance the game offers.

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Engagement

Firefighters are a slam-dunk for kids, and the missions -- saving pets! -- are fun.

Pedagogy

Kids have to think about how to get through a building. The quizzes are age-appropriate, although they're tacked on at the end so kids may rush past them.

Support

A narrator gives hints when kids need help. The app can email teachers or parents a summary of which skills kids are working on.

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Amanda B.
Amanda B. Teacher

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Re-enforces skills for young students

This product is a fun game for students to play games to review skills. I liked that students can easily navigate this app with little to no help from anyone else.

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