BallFallDown Deluxe

Common Sense Media says

Incredible construction toy for open-ended play.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

There are no rules; you just build things and watch them work. The building controls are explained quickly and simply, and they work pretty well.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that BallFallDown Deluxe is a virtual construction toy. It's not really a game, as there are no rules and no objectives. However, there's a lot about physics that kids can learn from the open-ended play with this varied and entertaining app.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • engineering
  • measurement
  • momentum
  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • defining problems
  • hypothesis-testing
  • prediction

Creativity

  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids are in full control of creating an endlessly engaging game, as they choose which pieces, backgrounds, and balls to use, as well as how to size and place each piece. Younger kids may have difficulty manipulating some pieces.

Learning Approach

Kids are empowered to decide which pieces and balls to use, how to size and place those pieces, and more. Explanations and extension activities could add to the experience.

Support

Even though this is a free-flow-play experience with no levels or points, there's helpful information to get kids started, including a brief instructional video, and some settings to adapt the basics of play to a kid's preferences.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • engineering
  • measurement
  • momentum
  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • defining problems
  • hypothesis-testing
  • prediction

Creativity

  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment

Kids can learn about momentum, velocity, trajectory, and more by constructing and playing with their creations on BallFallDown Deluxe. Kids also can learn experientially about design and engineering. BallFallDown Deluxe is an innovative digital translation of the marble-run concept that can help kids learn to experiment with construction and motion.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Pull down the tab at the top of BALLFALLDOWN DELUXE's screen to view the pieces options. Choose a piece, and place it where you want it. For some pieces, use two fingers to rotate or stretch. Once you place a number of pieces, choose a ball or balls, press the Play icon, and then tilt the screen to move the balls around. Reorganize obstacles as you play. Simply press the reset button to clear the play area completely. Save as many play areas as desired.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Although older kids can use BallFallDown Deluxe to create complex Rube Goldberg machines, and younger kids are more likely to simply giggle as they see how many balls they can keep bouncing on the screen at once, children of any age can without doubt have fun with this app. You can choose and set all sorts of pieces -- ramps, tubes, gears, flippers, teleporters -- and then set loose all types of balls upon your creation. Also, all the balls -- bowling balls, golf balls, Ping-Pong balls, marbles, and a slew of other types -- all behave differently, as they would in real life. It's great for experimenting or just having fun by creating a chaotic mess of motion. Either way, BallFallDown Deluxe is a super app.

Families can talk about...

  • Ask kids why they chose to use the pieces they did and discuss how different pieces cause the marbles to move in different ways.

  • Create a marble run with your kids at home, using recycled items.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$0.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:March 24, 2011
Category:Entertainment
Size:20.50 MB
Publisher:FlatPack Interactive
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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