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Let Your Kids Creativity Shine With Dumb Ways Jr - #DumbWaysJR


This post is sponsored by The Motherhood and Dumb Ways JR. All of the thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% mine.


From the moment that Madison, now four years old, could sit on her own, she became fascinated by my iPad. I'm not one of those mothers who let electronics "babysit" their child, but I however have learned early on that electronics are not necessarily a bad thing. Madison got her very first iPad Mini at the age of 1 and I downloaded a few educational apps for her. Sometimes it takes more than me talking and I've found that she's a visual learner. She likes to look and interact with things and is very creative. I'm going to be honest, she's even better at using her iPad at the tender age of 4 than I am at the ripe old age of 40. However when it comes to apps, I not only want apps that are fun, but apps that teach as well. Dumb Ways To Die has been around since 2012, encouraging safe behavior around trains, train stations/platforms and at level crossings. Delivered in a way that not only entertains, but teaches that it's not ok, it's rather "dumb" to take risks that can have serious consequences, especially around trains. However Dumb Ways to Die is a bit too gory for little kids so they introduced Dumb Ways JR which aims to do the same thing for younger audience ages 3-7. With no blood, no dying, it's still fun and entertaining with a safety message.


When we found out that Dumb Ways Jr was introducing two brand new apps, Dumb Ways Jr Boffo's Breakfast and Loopy's Train Set, I knew that I had to get them and introduce them to Madison, and I can't begin to tell you how excited she was that she was getting two brand new apps on her iPad. She couldn't wait to begin to play.


Dumb Ways JR Boffo’s Breakfast was a hands down favorite of Madison's. She just loves being in the kitchen with me and helping. She especially loves baking cookies which we do every weekend. She helps to put the ingredients in and mix it around, but when it comes to knives and the stove she knows that they are a big no-no. Boffo's breakfast reinforces what she knows about stove stop safety. However she is the chef in this app while Boffo is the hungry patron. She gets to make him breakfast by chopping and grating ingredients. She can also add ingredients that aren't supposed to be added in food, items that she herself would not eat. For example she can add toothpaste to her specialty and watch while Boffo makes a silly face, because after all who eats toothpaste for breakfast?

This app truly does get her creative juice flowing. She can create endless food combinations with a simple swipe, mix, stir or tap on her screen. She just finds it hilarious when Boffo shows that he didn't like what she prepared.


Now while this is a fun game, this game subtly teaches various aspects of kitchen safety. You can see Boffo get worried when the heat is too high on the stovetop. Now while she knows not to touch the stovetop, this reiterates that and I was really happy that it once more taught her not to touch. We also learned cause and effect, for example, she sees what happens if Boffo eats a red hot chili.

This was a hit hands down! If your children are fans of being in the kitchen then this is the app that you need. You can download Boffo's Breakfast in the Apple Store or Google Play store.


Madison has been fascinated with trains for as long as I can remember. She couldn't wait to get on the subway station while we were in New York City a few months ago, and it was the highlight of our trip to both London and France. She even has a train collection that we continue to add to that we bought at IKEA. Yes her love knows know bounds. However, her train set is a toy and while she has been on a train numerous times, I've never really taught her much besides, not to stand at the end of the platform and to wait until the door opens, and preferably not to lean on the doors. Dumb Way's JR Loopy's Train Set however teaches more about train safety that I ever did.

There are two modes of play: Drive or Build.


In Drive mode, children interact by using onscreen controls to drive Loopy’s train around a prebuilt track. The design encourages children to create their own narratives as they assist passengers to board and exit the train as well as select the train speed and more points to alter the route.

In Build mode, the children are the makers. They create their own train track by arranging and connecting different-shaped pieces of track. They can also add items such as houses, trees and animals to their scene. After they have built some track, players can drive the train along it.


Madison while having fun playing was actually learning quite a lot about train safety. She learned that while the train was moving that the characters cannot cross the tracks. Just like in the real world, it's not OK to cross the train tracks. She also saw that the boom gates at the level crossings automatically comes down when a train approaches. She has seen those when we're heading home and the train is approaching. She truly enjoys playing and would tell me play by play what's happening while she's playing. I just love the conversation which helps with her articulation and vocabulary.

If you have little ones who are in love with trains then you can download Loopy's Train Set in the Apple Store or Google Play store.



With both apps I'm able to teach Madison about safety, train safety and kitchen safety while she enjoys the fun aspect of it as well. She is able to create and build and even cook the way she wants. I'm all for free form play and Dumb Ways JR has not disappointed me. She's the one in charge! The apps provide age appropriate challenges and she's given the freedom to create different outcomes. The characters are lovable and hilarious and while you may see her being serious on the blog, you can always hear her laughing whenever she plays one of the DumbWays Jr Apps. I highly recommend to any parent looking for a fun app that helps with creativity and encourages safety. These totally gets our thumbs up!

Here are the ways to connect with Dumb Ways to Die:


And Dumb Ways to Die JR:



Let's discuss: What do you look for in an app for your child? 

Annmarie John
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  1. just discover this site from somewhere. great sharing story & experiences. i will recommend this site to my friends out there.

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    1. Thank you very much and thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Now this is cute! Mine are more into youtube but I think the youngest would be interested in this one.
    We have an ipad so I will look into downloading it.

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    1. Madison is too and while she watches YouTube Kids, I personally prefer her not to watch it too often so these apps are a really good alternative.

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  3. I could totally see my kids loving Dumb Ways Jr Boffo's Breakfast when they were younger. They still love cooking game apps, and thankfully they still love cooking with me. I appreciate that Dumb Ways Jr Boffo's Breakfast teaches kitchen safety, that's important for kiddos to learn about, too. :)
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    1. Oh yes it is. I really love that each app teaches kids safety in such a fun way.

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  4. I'm with you, if it's educational and it's under some time constraints and equal outdoor time, then I say hey there's nothing wrong with it. We have a case like that too for an iPad for our kids. The rubber definitely helps protect it.

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    1. Yes Heather, you don't want your kids spending too much time with electronics but this is a great app that you can use with time constraints of course.

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  5. I love all these "learning" games and activities out there for our devices. Thanks for sharing. I have a grand child who will love this one

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more. I love them too!

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  6. This sounds like it is such a cute app! I love fun apps that teach kids in a subtle way.

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    1. I'm with you on that. I love apps that teach as well.

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  7. What a cute app! My little guy would love this as he loves to help out in the kitchen all the time!

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    1. Then he would truly love Boffo's Breakfast.

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  8. What a cute app and it sounds like a lot of fun - especially since making it age appropriate without all the gore.

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    1. Yes that's the one thing I love about it. It teaches about safety without using anything that would offend or scare the kids.

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  9. I love educational games! This looks like such a great game for little ones. I love the iPad case too, so cute!

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    1. Thank you Jasmine and it is amazing for little ones.

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  10. Looks like a cool app! Kids will surely love this. I'll recommend this to my brother so he'll let my nephews play this. Also, your Madison is really adorable. :)

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    1. Thank you Maria and your nephews would love the apps. I have a feeling that Loopy's Train Set might be their favorite.

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  11. love the app, bet all kids would love to learn on this!

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  12. This looks like a great app! My son would have a lot of fun with it.

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    1. Well you wouldn't know until you download it. Have fun with it.

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  13. teaching apps are a great tool for parents. I'm glad Madison found some she really enjoys. I would love the food one myself!

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    1. The food one is awesome and she has a great time playing with it.

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  14. What a fun app to play! I know my two younger kids would love this they love to bake and cook

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    1. Then yes they would most certainly love Boffo's Breakfast.

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  15. When we download apps onto our iPad for our niece, the game has to be child-friendly and we prefer to look for educational apps as well! Love the idea behind Dumb Ways JR!

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    1. That's exactly why I love the Dumb Ways JR apps. I do the same when I download anything for Madison who is only 4. She doesn't need anything that isn't age appropriate.

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  16. what a fun cute looking game. I love these apps that are perfect for the younger kids

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    1. Thank you Laura and thank you for stopping by.

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  17. These are two cute and fun apps! They are perfect for summertime. We don't want kids to sit all day but this will surely be handy when the sun is down or when on a road trip!

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    1. They would be perfect for road trips. They'll help with the boredom and monotony for sure.

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  18. I remember one of my niece age like 5 years old taught my sister age 40 how to use some of the feature on my sister Smartphone. LOL! Kids nowadays they are better learners of technology compare to some of adult, so I can understand when you said your daughter is better user of Ipad. The app is a fun educational game which I believe children would love it! The bright color of the game is very actractive beside the game.

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    1. Oh tell me about it. She's been on it since she was about 6 months old and it seems like everyday she's showing me something new that she discovered.

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  19. My girls would love this app. We already have the original Dumb Ways To Die and I have to admit even if play it lol. But this JR one would be easier for my 6 year old who struggles with the other one at times

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    1. Yes then this would be perfect. You should download it and give it a try.

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  20. What an interesting app, I am thinking I should download it for my niece who is here for a couple of days! Would make her have fun and get a bit creative ;)

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    1. That's an awesome idea Brandy. I'm pretty sure she'll love it, especially Boffo's Breakfast.

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  21. These sounds like great apps for the little ones I love that they can learn safety along with having fun. Thanks for sharing and she is adorable.

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    1. Thank you Rebecca and they are perfect for little ones.

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  22. What cute apps! I love the images in them, they are absolutely darling. I am going to have to look into these for my kiddos.

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    1. They are bright and cheery and your kiddo's would love them.

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  23. I do believe that electronic games can be quite educational for kids in moderation. But, like you, I would never allow my tablet to "babysit" my daughter.

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    1. Oh please never let that happen. Your children need your time as well so never let the TV or any electronic take over and do your job.

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  24. There are SO MANY apps. It's overwhelming! But it's hard to find a good one. Thank you for the recommendation!

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    1. Yes you're right, there are tons of them out there. I'm happy I was able to recommend 2 for you.

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