All parents surely want their children to grow up to become good people. That’s why it’s important to help them develop positive habits and values, such as kindness and responsibility, early in life.
Highlights Monster Day is a playful role-playing game that’s been designed to help preschoolers learn about friendship, explore the world around them, and develop compassion and independence. Published by Highlights for Children and developed by Colto, it’s a safe and fun way to help kids become their best selves.
A Day in a Monster’s Life
In Highlights Monster Day, kids select a monster buddy and take care of him for a day. They start by ringing an alarm clock to wake him up, then proceed to feed him with exotic fruits and tasty bagels for breakfast. They also help brush his big, yellow teeth before heading to school.
At school, kids help the monster with various lessons. For example, they tap to break rocks and investigate semi-precious stones in geology class, and crank a lever to get a model volcano to erupt in science class. They also feed the monster at lunch, then play a quick game of basketball in the courtyard.
Back at home, it’s time for dinner and a bath. Kids also ensure that the monster brushes his teeth. After tucking him in to bed and turning off the lights, the cycle refreshes and they have a new monster to take care of for the day.
In all, there are 16 different scenes in the daily life of 5 different monsters. Kids can complete them all as a series, or skip ahead to the scenes they like. There’s a photo feature in every scene that lets them take a snapshot of their favorite moments, and save the picture to the Camera Roll.
Parents Need to Know
Highlights Monster Day is suitable for kids 2-6 years, and easy for kids to play on their own. The gameplay is all about having fun and role-playing with adorable monsters, with no chance of failing. The app doesn’t enforce a time limit, but it’s designed to be played in different sessions so kids can easily leave the game then come back again to play.
The app is also useful for developing fine motor skills. In the game, kids will tap, swipe, drag and drop, and make circles with their fingers. These simple activities are excellent to help preschoolers strengthen their fine motor skills.
Highlights Monster Day presents a safe environment with no third-party advertising and no in-app purchases. It doesn’t require an Internet connection.
Things I Like
Highlights Monster Day is a beautiful app that nurtures positive values in young children. In learning to care for the monsters, children learn to be thoughtful and kind. They also develop a sense of responsibility as they help the monsters with various tasks.
Because the app portrays the monsters in everyday settings, kids also pick up good habits such as regularly brushing teeth and going to school. There’s a scene that I like where you can feed the monsters with fruits, sushi, cheese, bread and many others. This might inspire kids to try new foods and eat healthier.
Like other apps developed by Colto, Highlights Monster Day has great production value. The graphics and animations are top notch, and the music is nice and low-key. This is a wonderful app to start a partnership, and I’m looking forward to see what other things Highlights and Colto will create together.
If you are looking for an app that nurtures compassion and good habits in young kids, give Highlights Monster Day a try. It’s engaging but non-addictive, and easy enough for kids to play on their own. Highly recommended for ages 2+.
App was provided for our honest review.