Playing is not just fun, it’s also the best way for kids to learn new things. The new app Happy Valley Friends proves this concept. It has fun activities to help kids learn about shapes, numbers, letters, colors, patterns, and time.
The Mini Games
In Happy Valley Friends, there are 6 locations that kids can visit. Each location is hosted by a cute animal friend, and holds 4 activities. In the first 3 activities, kids are asked to complete 8 challenges designed to help them learn a topic. On the other hand, the fourth activity is more like a mini game where kids can unwind a bit before they move on to the next challenges.
A common thread through the activities is the goal to match specific objects. The only difference is the matching rules and the difficulty level. For example, in the shapes activity kids are tasked to drag foods of a specific shape to the animal that requests them. Whereas in the numbers activity, kids are required to match numbers against units or equations against the correct results. Another interesting activity is where kids must match the hands of the clock to the correct time.
The bonus mini games are designed to help kids relax. They mostly feature familiar mechanics, such as jigsaw puzzles, whack-a-mole, and memory matching. Kids can also take selfies into a photo album.
Parents Need to Know
In all, there are 18 different educational activities in the app. All of them are unlocked from the start and can be played in any order you like. However, I’d suggest starting from the leftmost activity. This is because the difficulty level gradually increases as you move on to the activities on the right. Even though the activities might share the same mechanic, the ones on
Happy Valley Friends is more appropriate for kids ages 4+. The app works great without an Internet connection, and it doesn’t have third-party ads, in-app purchases, or links to social networks.
Things I Like
My favorite activities in Happy Valley Friends are the two matching activities that involve fruits. The first one requires you match the inner part of a fruit with its outer part, which is interesting because not every child knows this. This might rouse their curiosity whenever they find a new kind of fruit they’ve never eaten before.
The second activity requires you to match a fruit with the color of its juice. Again, not every child knows this. I believe this can broaden kids’ understanding of the fruits.
I also appreciate one small addition to the game that makes it more real and fun: the annoying fly. Playing eight challenges per level can be a repetitive task. Hence, the existence of the flies help to alleviate the boredom. It keeps things fun and fresh.
Happy Valley Friends offers a fun learning experience for kids ages 4+ who are constantly looking for new educational games to play with. This cute app has 7 unique activities with increasing difficulty levels and 6 additional mini games. I believe that’s more than enough to keep any kids engaged.
App was provided for our honest review.