Bad Piggies is a unique puzzle game from the makers of the hit game Angry Birds, that has players building contraptions that must carry the “piggies” to their destination. Each level has a goal to reach, and players are given a set amount of material to use to build their creations. Players combine blocks, wheels, fans, and even TNT together to create mobile machines meant to traverse the length of the stage. While the main goal is to reach the destination at the end of the level, players earn more points by meeting certain requirements, like collecting star scrolls, reaching the end within a set time limit, or completing the level without using specific items in their contraptions.
Bad Piggies is a great educational game for teaching Planning, Flexibility and problem-solving, and is available on iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android (including Kindle) and Windows Phone. The game features no violence or inappropriate content, requires no reading and has simple controls, making it suitable for players ages 5 and up.
Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals. Improving short-term planning.
At the start of each stage, players are shown the full layout of a level, and are then given a collection of parts they must combine to build a mechanism able to transport their pig to the goal at the end. Players combine wheels, fans, springs and balloons -- among other materials -- to roll, fly or tumble their way to the goal. By looking over the terrain and noting the locations of stars and other collectible materials, players can use that information to inform their decisions when it comes time to construct their vehicle. For example, if a level features a downhill segment ending with a ramp, players may want a sturdy, flat vehicle with evenly spaced wheels able to gain enough speed to go airborne off the ramp. In a stage consisting of many cliffs, player might want to create a lightweight vehicle nimble enough to fly through the level and avoid obstacles. There is no singular solution to each stage, meaning players can invent a variety of ways to complete their goal.
Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.
Since there isn’t necessarily one right answer to a level, players need to experiment with their constructions, re-organizing the positions of material in order to achieve a different path through the stage. To gain a perfect score, players must meet certain goals that change level-to-level, like collecting star scrolls, leaving certain materials out of their contraptions or reaching the end within a set amount of time. Meeting these requirements takes an open-ended approach, requiring players to adapt their strategies to meet the varying situations. Sometimes, players may have to build several contraptions within one level to meet all of that stage's goals, requiring them to reinvent their vehicle completely in order to get a perfect score.
Use this Play Together guide to learn how you can help your child turn Bad Piggies play time into a positive learning and relationship-building experience. To learn more about why playing games with your children is so important, check out our Science of Play page.
Bad Piggies is a single player game, so the best way to play together is to take turns between levels. If you have two devices available, feel free to each play along, comparing your contraptions and progression with each other. After looking over the goals listed below, work with your child to complete each one.
After you've completed the goals above, take a moment to discuss the importance of the thinking skills at play with your child.
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Explain to your child that:
Brainstorm. Encourage children to brainstorm and write down possible steps for planning a school project, a birthday party or holiday shopping. Brainstorming basics include sharing ideas, accepting responses without judgment, and taking risks. Reflect upon how one person’s ideas may encourage new ideas from others and how brainstorming can result in creative solutions. Keep a binder of successful plans for future reference.
Make mistakes. Showing your child that you are not afraid of making mistakes and that you can laugh at yourself, might allow him to laugh at his own errors. Show that you are able to learn from making a mistake. You can make a mistake by going the wrong way to an activity, mixing up ingredients in a recipe, making a hole in the wall while you are trying to hang a picture, or making an error when trying to complete a crossword puzzle or Sudoku. Encourage your child to talk about how he can learn from making mistakes.
It is common among children with ADHD to lack the foresight to plan ahead. Whether they are making a presentation for class, or getting ready for an event, often they will arrive unprepared, assuring peers that they will just "wing it." Although there is something to be said about spontaneity, it is much better to have an organized plan when attempting to accomplish a task. The intricacy of Bad Piggies, make it difficult to complete a level by "winging it." Children with ADHD will be forced, through trial-and-error" and an understanding of the different game tools, to create a strategy that will allow their piggy to reach the end of the stage.
How to Use Bad Piggies for Kids with ADHD:
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