The newest game from Sago Sago, Sago Mini Toolbox, was an instant hit in my house. My three-year-old daughter was a big fan of Sago Mini Sound Box as a baby, and we were excited to try this one. It makes toddlers into little makers!
It didn’t disappoint. It’s recommended for ages two to four, and it was perfect for my daughter, who also has some fine motor skill delays.
In each level of the game—which isn’t scored—an animal (or occasionally an abominable snowman) appears with a DIY project they need your help to build. You can hammer nails, wrench bolts, use a power screwdriver, cut with scissors, and even sew with a needle and thread to help the character build a mystery project. Once all the stages of the build are complete, you can see what you helped to build—a bike, a dollhouse, a basketball hoop.
There are a bunch of projects to work on; we’ve played this game almost every day since it was released on April 16th, and I haven’t noticed many repeats.
My favorite part of this game for my daughter is the variety of options for completing each building task. There’s a lot of opportunity for toddler success built in here; it’s well thought out. To use the screwdriver, you can glide your finger back and forth across the screen to make it move, or you can just tap the screen repeatedly and it will work. You can move your fingers like you’re working the saw to cut wood, or you can just tap the screen. You don’t even have to touch the tool; if your aim isn’t perfect, it will still work.
This turned out to be an awesome motor skill exercise for my daughter, who loved building each project and practicing with the tools. It’s a very simple and straightforward building game, but I thought it was delightful to look at and really satisfying to play.
It’s available in the App Store for $2.99.
GeekMom received a copy of this item for review purposes.