Bugs and Buttons 2

Common Sense Media says

On-target intro to critical thinking, math, and prereading.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Each game has different gesture controls, so a disembodied hand models the movements. Some games tax fine motor skills and are challenging to manipulate.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Links to other apps are accessible in the settings behind a screen protected by a multiplication problem.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

According to the app's easy-to-understand privacy policy, the developer does not collect any personal information.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bugs and Buttons 2 is the sequel to Bugs and Buttons but has different games targeting different skills. The format is the same: six games at three levels, each covering early math, pre-reading, and critical-thinking skills. The beauty of this app is its ability to address fine motor issues in a fun and engaging manner.  Kids can also increase their working memory as they play Music Memory. Math games such as Button Repair address visual spatial issues. The bugs are colorful rather than creepy and are actually quite witty in some mini-games. Bugs and Buttons 2 features easy-to-follow visual instructions, settings hidden behind a parent-only access screen, and amazing, engaging graphics.

 

 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • letter or word recognition
  • naming

Math

  • counting
  • patterns
  • sequences
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • thinking critically

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Fun games entertain kids, and impressive graphics mix realistic-looking bugs and cute buttons. Finding Morty, the narrator bug, adds another element of fun and challenge.

Learning Approach

Each game focuses on an early literacy skill. Adaptive learning technology increases difficulty based on kids' performance. Skills, such as sorting, counting, and matching, transfer seamlessly for traditional learning.

Support

User profiles can be enabled in the app's settings. A hand demonstrates the gestures used for each game and can be replayed by pausing and selecting Instructions.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • letter or word recognition
  • naming

Math

  • counting
  • patterns
  • sequences
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • thinking critically

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Kids can learn early literacy skills and several touchscreen gestures that develop both fine motor skills and tech-use skills. Mini-games get kids observing carefully (with their eyes and their ears), following instructions, and thinking critically. Kids use visual observation skills and critical thinking to complete patterns, find the uncommon object, and match letters. They practice following directions in Puppet Show and develop fine motor and critical-thinking skills in several games reminiscent of classic arcade games. Bugs and Buttons 2 is an engaging and well-rounded preschool learning tool.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

In BUGS AND BUTTONS 2, kids can choose a specific game from the available activities or progress through the games automatically. Games cover such skills as counting, letter recognition, matching, sorting, listening, following directions, and developing fine motor skills. Successful gameplay allows kids to earn stamps to add to their "bug" collections, and they can earn special stamps by finding and tapping Morty, the bug guide.  All games make use of adaptive learning technology to keep kids challenged as they play.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Any of the Bugs and Buttons 2 mini-games could probably stand alone as an independent activity, but in this app you get 18 beautifully designed fun and educational games that are well worth the price. The design reflects an understanding of young learners, with easy-to-follow visual instructions, fun graphics and music, and engaging games, all moving at a pace that keeps kids learning. A lot of simple silliness is thrown into the mix as well, such as the ability to find Morty hiding in games or witty quips from the bugs. Educational value is high. In many of the games, kids will develop tech skills and fine motor skills along with critical-thinking, early math, and pre-reading skills. Parents may get a kick out of the obvious classic-arcade-game inspiration for some of the mini-games. The adaptive play easily adjusts to the individual needs of the child. The app not only inspires academic learning, but addresses fine motor skills, working memory, and visual perceptive issues that kids may be struggling with.

Families can talk about...

  • Make time for screen-free activities that build fine motor skills like playing with Play-Doh, hanging on monkey bars, and coloring.

  • Kids may need parental modeling of the pinch gesture for Defenders or the objective in Bug Crossing.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:September 21, 2013
Category:Education
Topics:Bugs, Numbers and letters
Size:317.00 MB
Publisher:Little Bit Studio, LLC.
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 and up

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