LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: The Magic School Bus: Dinosaurs

Common Sense Media says

Learn how to "be" a dinosaur on the Magic School Bus.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Ms. Frizzle encourages kids to use their imaginations and have fun while learning.

Positive role models

Ms. Frizzle shows a love of learning, and the kids are positive and open to new experiences.

Ease of play

The controls are easy and clear.

Violence & scariness

In some games dinosaurs "eat" other dinosaurs, but it's subtle.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: The Magic School Bus: Dinosaurs is a learning adventure game wherein players join Ms. Frizzle's class as they travel back in time to learn about dinosaurs. Kids will see and learn about 16 dinosaurs through a series of mini-games and activities that involve a bit of math.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • measurement

Science

  • ecosystems
  • animals

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • deduction
  • thinking critically

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will enjoy unlocking all the prehistoric animals and playing the associated mini-games.

Learning Approach

Although the learning encompasses all things dinosaur, kids also will need to use some math and anatomy to succeed. These games are knowledge-based rather than skill-based.

Support

Kids can track their progress using the in-game journal, while adults can take a more academic look in the online LeapFrog Learning Path.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • measurement

Science

  • ecosystems
  • animals

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • deduction
  • thinking critically

Kids can learn about dinosaurs and the time periods in which they lived. As kids delve into these worlds by playing games, they can learn what certain dinosaurs looked like, how they got around, what they ate, and more. LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: The Magic School Bus: Dinosaurs lets kids become dinosaurs during the process of learning about them.

This Learning Rating review was written by Christy Matte

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What's it about?

Ms. Frizzle's class is getting ready to perform a play on dinosaurs, so what better way to get into character than to learn all about dinosaurs and become one yourself? After boarding the Magic School Bus, kids will play four educational mini-games. One describes the dinosaur and asks kids to take pictures of it in a scene with other dinosaurs. The next tasks kids with recreating dinosaur skeletons after studying them in a picture. Next, they determine the relative weight of a dinosaur by comparing it on a scale to present-day objects and animals. Lastly, players have to pass a timed 10-question quiz, with yes or no answers, about the creature they've been studying. If they can finish all the games, they can "become" their dinosaur and play a very simple mini-game while in character; they might be a T-Rex hunting down prey or a Quetzalcoatlus soaring through the sky. As they complete each dinosaur, it gets added to a journal kids can explore to see pictures and learn other fun facts.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

LEAPFROG EXPLORER LEARNING GAME: THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS: DINOSAURS will be a treat for dinosaur lovers. Kids can spend time getting to know each dinosaur better through the mini-games and will enjoy unlocking them one at a time as they move through the different time periods. Each journal entry looks like it has been written by the Magic School Bus student who studied that dinosaur, so kids may be inspired to make their own learning journals. The games are fun, and even the quiz is engaging, as it gives kids plenty of opportunities to succeed (and learn). 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about learning through playing video games. What is your favorite game, and why?

  • Ask kids to draw pictures of their favorite dinosaurs.

Game details

Platforms:LeapPad Explorer, LeapPad Ultra, Leapster Explorer, LeapsterGS
Price:$24.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Not available online
Developer:LeapFrog
Release date:August 1, 2013
Genre:Educational
Topics:Dinosaurs

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