Review: Heart Street Market App

Let’s be honest, technology is pretty much inescapable when it comes to our kids. But with many games lacking educational substance or showing things not suitable for younger children, it’s imperative that parents keep watch over their children’s devices. I always select games for my daughter that help her grow as a learner, so when I was contacted by the Heart For Heart Girls company to review their mobile game, Heart Street Market, I was more than happy to play this game with my daughter and get her feedback.

 

Game Concept:

The Heart Street Market mobile game explores the lives of  Rahel, Nahji, Consuelo, and Dell.  Each girl takes you on an adventure to explore their countries and play mini games helping them collect supplies to build their unique neighborhood.

 

Heart Street Market features the H4H doll characters who represent their respective geographical regions on a globe. Within each region exists various mini games which exercises various learning skills such as pattern recognition/creation and basic math. However, I would suggest if your child is around four years old or younger that a parent or someone older play along with them as some of the games may be a little difficult. For example, my daughter (who just turned four a month ago)  became a little frustrated with a snake-like game in Nahja’s town because it was a bit hard for her to control. Once I played along with her a few times she slowly began to understand how to play better.   

 

Many of the mini games feature similar controls and functionalities but may have different gameplay mechanics and are themed for their specific countries. One example is the matching gameplay of Rahel’s raindrop game (my daughter’s FAVORITE game) and Consuelo’s bakery game. Even though they both require the player to match items on a board, Rahel’s game uses the matched raindrops to fill jars of a specific color while Consuelo’s bakery game matches pastries with a Mexican theme.

 

Outside of the games there is also a marketplace where players go to purchase mission items using the in-game currency earned from the mini games. These mission items are then used to help build the neighborhoods of each H4H girl’s geographical region. One aspect of the marketplace that was a bit confusing was the navigation. The marketplace has numerous stands where players go to purchase items, however these stands aren’t really labeled so it becomes kind of a guessing game as to which stand held what items. After playing for a while it becomes a little easier to find certain items in the marketplace but it does take some time to almost memorize these locations.

Overall my daughter really enjoys the app and as a parent I feel this is a great game for children that can help with various learning skills while also discussing culture. To download the game a one-time purchase of $3.99 is required, but keep in mind the app does not require any other in-game microtransactions to play once it has been purchased. So if you’re looking for a mobile game with a little more substance than something like Candy Crush for your kiddo, I’d highly suggest giving Heart Street Market a try.   

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You can purchase the app here:

Android 

Apple

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Book Review: Jamie Loves Her Natural Hair

Being a mom has simultaneously been my greatest accomplishment and toughest job in life so far. When my husband and I found out we were expecting a little girl I knew I had to be the best role model for her while building her self-esteem from an early age. Growing up there were few positive images of girls that looked like me in the media, and we all know how impressionable young ones can be. My goal was to expose her to tv shows, books, clothing designs, etc. that represent little natural haired brown girls like herself.

I soon discovered that representation truly matters because anytime my daughter sees an image of a little girl with natural hair she says, “She looks like me!”. So when Ariane Roberts contacted me to review her book Jamie Loves Her Natural Hair, I was beyond ecstatic because I knew automatically my kid was going to love it. We read the book numerous times this week before bed and her enthusiasm for the story and the relatable imagery hasn’t wavered. Her favorite part of the book is the section with the little girl wearing beads since she currently has beads in her hair.

As a parent and elementary school teacher, I think this book is an amazing asset by teaching kids how to love and accept themselves. There are various natural hairstyles mentioned by the main character, Jamie, throughout the book, so every little girl who reads it will see a small part of themselves in the story. The narrative is very uplifting, the illustrations are beautiful and unique, and the message shines a positive light on natural hair. So if you’re in the market for an empowering book for your little princess, I highly recommend giving Jamie Loves Her Natural Hair a try!

You can buy this wonderful book on Jamie Loves Her Natural Hair and Amazon !!

Bri enjoying her new book!

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