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Well this is something I never knew, and I bet you didn’t either.  I had no idea that the game Dumb Ways to Die by Metro Trains was actually created to encourage safe behavior around trains, train stations/platforms and at level crossings!  Now, they’ve come up with some pretty awesome safety conscious games/apps for kids!  Dumb Ways JR apps are a great way to introduce safety (without the blood and death!) through play and interaction to children from 3 to 7 years old!

As a parent, the best feature about the Dumb Ways JR apps is the parental guides found at on the start screen of each of the games.  This is a feature that I’ve never seen on other child apps (or at least not that I’ve noticed!), and they are so helpful in letting me know how to play the games as well as what my child should take away from playing the game.

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Do you have a little one who likes to help you cook?  Dumb Ways JR Boffo’s Breakfast is the perfect app to help teach your kiddos about kitchen safety as well as what foods go well together, and what foods just do not match!

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 Dumb Ways JR Boffo’s Breakfast – Apple Store | Google Play

Check out these screen shots below!  We decided to choose from the 20 ingredients and make a vegetable dish.  We grated all of the veggies, added a little butter, and threw them in the skillet.  On our way from the mixer to the skillet, we caught Boffo juggling eggs, and one landed on his head.  When your little one keeps the heat at a lower setting, Boffo keeps his cool, but once you turn up the heat to 5, you can tell he starts to get worried.  Here, we decided to let it stay on 5 until it burned just to see what would happen.  As you can tell, Boffo was really worried once it started to smoke.  We plated it and fed it to him anyway, and needless to say, he wasn’t too happy with us because it was still hot and smoking when he ate it!

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It’s a lot of fun to play around with Boffo.  Mix up the foods, try different combos and seasonings, and get goofy with the condiments!  This game has spawned a lot of giggles from our kids – including the older ones!

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Check out The Minion and The Entertainer as they cook breakfast for Boffo!  As you can tell, they like to concentrate on their cooking!

If your little one prefers games that allow him or her to build and strategize, check out Dumb Ways JR Loopy’s Train Set.

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Dumb Ways JR Loopy’s Train Set  – Apple Store | Google Play

Depending on the mode of play you choose (Drive or Build),  this game will allow your kids to spend quite a bit of time learning controls, laying tracks, placing signs, and interacting with drivers and even cows!  Of course, the main focus is train safety, so it teaches kids about train track crossing, waiting for the train to completely stop to climb aboard, and waiting until everyone is seated to drive again.

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Below you’ll see where we started out with a pretty blank canvas.  You child is given a few set features, and he or she can build on it.  Check out our pretty massive (for a 4 year old!) train track!

Dumb Ways JR Loopy’s Train Set  - Apple Store | Google Play

Not only are these apps a lot of fun, but the design is genius with four key elements in mind:

  1. Child Centered Design (they are able to be in control of the game)
  2. Multi-Sensory and Multi-Modal Elements (gesture, audio, images, and animation)
  3. Challenge (perform, combine, construct, deconstruct, etc.)
  4. Humor (my son thinks it’s hilarious when Boffo toots!)

I love this photo!  There’s some MAJOR concentration going on there!

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Disclosure:  I am part of a paid campaign on behalf of The Motherhood for Dumb Ways JR.