Britannica Kids: Snakes

Common Sense Media says

Packed with information about often-feared creatures.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

As long as kids who use this app can read, it's easy to learn the features quickly and play on with ease. A simple shake of your mobile device is all it takes to scramble the puzzles; other games use the standard swipe of a finger or a tap to maneuver.

Violence & scariness

There's some pretty graphic nature footage of snakes strangling and eating little animals. Some discussion about deadly poisonous snakes may be upsetting to younger kids.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Unlike most other education apps, this app's store section is sandwiched right in between the games and other features on an option wheel.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. This app asks for permission to track your location for a maps portion of the game. Kids can tweet answers and share information and quiz results with friends on Facebook.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Britannica Kids: Snakes app is packed full of nature videos and photos, articles, games, and quizzes about snakes. Kids will need to have a good command of reading to really utilize all of the information here, so it will be just right for kids around ages 8 to 12. Some videos that show snakes eating small animals may be a little much for younger kids. Also, there are options to connect with Twitter and Facebook from the app and location tracking for a maps feature.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • animals
  • life cycle

Social Studies

  • geography

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Health & Fitness

  • preventing sickness

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids who loves snakes will happily sink their teeth into Britannica Kids: Snakes as they learn more facts, play games, watch videos, and test their knowledge about these fascinating creatures.

Learning Approach

Relevant information about snakes slithers throughout. Nature videos, photos, articles, games, and quizzes give details on popular snakes. Kids can also learn potentially life-saving information about identifying venomous snakes.

Support

Lots of directions are offered for navigating around this app. There are options to connect with Twitter and Facebook from the app, and location tracking for a maps feature extends learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • animals
  • life cycle

Social Studies

  • geography

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Health & Fitness

  • preventing sickness

Kids can learn all about snakes and the geographic areas in which they live with Britannica Kids: Snakes. The app provides details on almost 20 popular snakes through nature videos, photos, articles, games, and quizzes. Kids can also learn potentially life-saving information about identifying venomous snakes. It would have been helpful if this app warned kids that some videos show snakes eating small animals. Britannica Kids: Snakes helps kids identify types of snakes and understand snake behavior.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

With Britannica Kids: Snakes, kids choose a topic from an options wheel, such as snakes and humans, life cycle, food, and more. Then they can read the related articles, watch videos, look on an interactive map, or play games, such as a memory match game. A simple shake of your mobile device scrambles the puzzles; other games use the standard swipe of a finger or a tap to maneuver. Quizzes are timed.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Kids who loves snakes will happily sink their teeth into BRITANNICA KIDS: SNAKES as they learn more facts, play games, watch videos, and test their knowledge about these fascinating and often feared creatures. It's unfortunate that the online store for more apps like this from Britannica Kids is so intertwined with the other features on this app. Parents may want to remind their kids to get permission before clicking "buy" in this or any app.

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App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$4.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:May 13, 2011
Category:Education
Topics:Science and nature
Size:199.00 MB
Publisher:Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Kid, 11 years old Written byBlackUnicorn July 29, 2011
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Teaches to love snakes and not fearing them

Buy this it's a great app

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