WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Kids start with How It Works? – games for kids to learn & discover by choosing one of the six topics at the home screen. This takes kids to the open exploration screen where they can tap beautiful interactive graphics and vocabulary words to learn about the topic. For example, when kids explore the volcano, there is a cross-section diagram of a volcano. It includes tappable vocabulary words such as crater, magma, and lava. When kids tap on the magma at the bottom of the volcano, the magma bubbles upward and the volcano erupts. There are four icons at the top of the screen for the games, investigations, and mini-quizzes. The games and mini-quizzes use simple tapping and dragging, and each investigation includes a materials list and procedures.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
Kids are sure to enjoy the learning experience as they explore the colorful graphics and the interactive components of this beautifully designed science tool. The animations are age-appropriate and highly visual, allowing kids to learn through observation. Some of the wording of the vocabulary terms is a little awkward, but it's not enough to distract from learning. One of the best features of this app is that kids have an opportunity to openly explore and apply what they learn. It's not always clear how to interact with the graphics on the main screen, so a few audio hints could help. And the mini-quizzes could be improved with some more targeted feedback. But overall, How It Works? – games for kids to learn & discover is a terrific, kid-friendly way for kids to explore science.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 6 and older
Quality: 4 out of 5
Educational value: 4 out of 5
Ease of play: 4 out of 5
Violence and scariness: 0 out of 5
Sexy stuff: 0 out of 5
Language: 0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5
Consumerism: 0 out of 5 (Are products/advertisements embedded? Is the title part of a broader marketing initiative/empire? Is the intent to sell things to kids?)
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date: August 21, 2017
Size: 314.00 MB
Publisher: Planet Factory Interactive S.L.
Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
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