FiDi Families Reviews Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play App for Kids
Every once in a while, a new app will be released, geared towards children and I’m disappointed. It is either not challenging enough and my kids get bored, after I’ve spent money on the app or it is so challenging that they get frustrated and move onto the next game. I was somewhat skeptical that a new app I had heard about would make the cut and leave me with yet another app on my tablet that is not used and just taking up space.
Enter Captain McFinn & Friends, the brand that helps children become good people, recently released updates to its popular app, Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play.
Captain McFinn & Friends is the only children’s entertainment brand featuring live interactive guided play.
The goal of the Swim & Play app, as well as the entire Captain McFinn brand, is to help preschoolers (children ages 3-5) learn social and emotional skills that they need to get along with others and be successful in school and life – such as sharing and politeness, playing as a group, being thankful and respecting others.
In Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play app, real, live people, known as Explorers, respond in real time to how a child engages with Captain McFinn’s interactive undersea world.
These Explorers encourage a child while he or she is enjoying fun games and learning activities– even addressing individual gameplay and learning via the child’s animated avatar name. The kids can see the Explorers, the Explorers can’t see them.
This latest version features three alternating worlds – Sand Dusty Reef, the home of Captain McFinn, Riff Raff Reef, focusing on preventing bullying behaviors, and The Unsmashable Cross Section, a sunken ship that focuses on using proper manners in everyday life. My daughter absolutely loved Sandy Dusty Reef. The music and interactive play was great to watch on the screen and she loved the fun music.
My five year old was absolutely mesmerized by the interactive McFinn characters. There was a ton of content for her to choose from and on a long car ride home from our Thanksgiving holiday, it was the perfect app to keep her engaged and entertained. The app features original McFinn cartoons, preschool music videos and songs and eight different activities focusing on drawing, creating music and reading.
My seven year old was also intrigued, even though it is geared towards the preschool audience. He especially loved the badges that he could earn, for completing activities. I appreciated the chat box for parents, which allowed a parent to ask the Explorer questions and a clap button for cheering on other users. Anytime I can teach my kids the idea of good sportsmanship, such as cheering and encouraging others is a “win” in my book.
Both of my kids love the world of marine life and sea life, so this app was a fan favorite. They both responded to the unique and magical animated, underwater world that Captain McFinn lives in. It was the perfect forum for an interactive experience, which engages children in a subtle and fun way.
Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play app offers teachable moments that share important life skills that promote kindergarten readiness and can be put into practice at home, at school and at play.
FiDi Families Insiders: The Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play is $2.99 in the Apple Store and through Google Play
Did You Know: Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play app is also featured in the nabi Elev-8, Fuhu’s most advanced and powerful kid-focused tablet to date, which launched in October. Fuhu, Inc., is the creator of the award-winning nabi® tablet and the foremost innovator in high technology solutions for families. Captain McFinn joins a select group of other premier children’s entertainment brands in nabi Elev-8’s content lineup.
To learn more about this fun app, online, check out their social media platforms:
– Website: http://www.captainmcfinn.com/
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaptainMcFinn
– Twitter: https://twitter.com/Captain_McFinn
– Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/captainmcfinn/
– Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/captainmcfinnandfriends/
This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play App. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.