What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- following directions
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- thinking critically
Health & Fitness
- fine motor skills
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.