Swapsies Occupations™ — The Dress-Up Puzzle Game for KidsSpring 2013 Mobile Apps
Swapsies teaches preschoolers to recognize occupations, along with the wardrobe and tools associated with them. The app features cowboys, pilots, post officers, fire fighters, astronauts, and doctors.
What we noticed first about Swapsies is that the available occupations are the same for both boys and girls. Children choose the character they will dress from a selection of three boys and three girls, each with a different skin tone. In the Mix Up game, players align the three parts of an occupational outfit (hat, shirt, and pants) so that they match. They might put together an outfit with a hard hat, safety vest, and tool belt for a construction worker, for example. As a reward for making a match, the app offers a unique minigame for each occupation. Each of these minigames, which are also accessible from the app's homescreen, teach little ones about what each worker does. In the given case, the construction worker builds a tall building from four pieces. Once children are comfortable with the Mix Up activity, they can reinforce what they have learned in the quiz mode.