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Disney Fairies

Disney Fairies

Fall 2009 Video Games
Ages: 4 - 7 yrs.
Price: $24.99
Gaming System: Leapster
Disney Fairies is a delightful collection of early math games for the Leap Frog Leapster. In the games, players are helping Tinkerbell and her fairy friends with various tasks, each of which addresses a different skill. Along the way "lost parts" are found which can be used to repair toys in Tinkerbell's workshop - a well-conceived motivation for young players.

Though the games are math-based, they're not out of place in the fairies' world: find the hidden flower based on its description, paint the butterfly wings by numbers, collect pollen from flowers to complete patterns, and help the correctly numbered fish up a waterfall.

On the whole, the games, each with three different levels, are spot-on for the 4-7 year old age group. For example, some levels show numbers as dots, allowing for counting as a method of solving addition problems. In others, helpful hints provide strategies to solve the problems. But for some, "Vidia's Pollen Pick Up" may be a bit more difficult. Players fly Vidia to flowers with the correct shape or number to complete a pattern, but the placement of flowers and obstacles, combined with the speed of the game and the Leapster's slow response time, may frustrate young players. Overall, fans of Disney Fairies are sure to enjoy this charming mix of early math activities. And, as with other Leapster2 games, parents can view and track their child's progress online through the LeapFrogĀ® Learning Path.

Amy Kraft   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Amy Kraft is a freelance writer, producer, and game designer with over ten years of experience making media for children. She writes the blog Media Macaroni and lives in New York City with her husband, daughter and son.

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