My four year old knows a thing or two about apps. I much rather he learn during his screen time, while I”m sure he would prefer to use the iPad to watch YouTube Kids and playing games. So it’s always fun to download a new game and see if it catches his attention. And that’s just what happened with Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play App.
About Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play
In Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play, your preschooler can explore an interactive, underwater world, play fun games, and engage in exciting learning activities all facilitated by a live instructor. Swim & Play’s learning activities cover various prosocial, preschool topics for 3-5 year olds. The prosocial topics include:
- Sharing and politeness
- Playing as a group
- Asking for help
- Being thankful
- Respecting others
After a quick upgrade to my iPad’s operation system, Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play app was ready to go. It was super easy to get it started – all we had to do was choose a fish, type in his name and we were ready for some fun.
The app is split up into two major parts: videos and games. Under games, you can find 7 mini-games that you can do including building your own sand castle, creating and recording your own McFinn song, and figuring out who your kid will be when he grows up. This last game, “Who Will I Be,” allows you to choose a character and dress him up in different outfits. He found this one the most interesting, and I loved seeing the diversity in the characters available for choosing.
Under Videos, you’ll find eight different videos, some featuring animated characters, and others featuring real animals and people. My four year old liked “Be Yourself” the best because it reinforces choosing a career option, positive thinking and reminds kids to just be yourself. It features a both animated characters and humans and it’s really cute.
What sets Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play app apart the most from other apps is their live video stream that lets kids interact with a real McFinn Explorer.
During the learning activities, preschoolers will develop good behavioral and social skills – including how to share, being polite, playing as a group, asking for help, being thankful and respecting others. These learning activities are led by an Explorer and they’ll get badges as the complete activities. It’s a fun way for kids to track their progress. Kids (via the parents) can use the chat box to ask the Explorer questions. My favorite part though? That they can cheer on other users with the clap button. Nothing is better than seeing kids cheer each other on. I love it!
Find out more about Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play app online and on their social media channels: