50 States

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Handy but dull pocket reference guide to U.S. states.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about U.S. history and geography by browsing information about each state, such as its physical location; highest point of elevation; state motto, bird, and flower; and state flag. With 50 States, kids can also get a sense of timeline since the app tells the order in which each state joined the union. Kids can practice memorization by learning facts and then testing how much they were able to recall by taking quizzes. However, the quizzes are a missed opportunity to add additional fun and interactivity to the app. 50 States is a handy pocket reference guide with a limited capacity to let kids practice what they've learned.

Ease of Play

The app is straightforward to navigate. Kids use their fingers to tap and swipe, as well as the device's keypad to type queries into a search box.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 50 States is an educational app that teaches kids about the states that make up the United States of America. In addition to name and geographic location, the app also provides info on each state's capital and largest city, population, flag, motto, and state flower and bird. Kids can test their knowledge by taking multiple-choice quizzes.

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What's it about?

In 50 States, kids use their fingers to scroll through statistics for each state, or they can select individual states geographically by tapping on a map of the U.S. Kids can also search for specific information by typing a query into a search box, which brings up the relevant state.

Is it any good?

50 States doesn't score many points for presentation, but the straightforward app does exactly what it sets out to do by providing a learning tool and handy pocket reference guide for anyone wanting to look up information on specific states. The quizzes add some fun and interactivity to the app, but they're presented as a never-ending list of randomly-generated questions, so it's more difficult for kids to gauge their overall aptitude or use their results to measure improvement.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Help your kid design a personal flag using symbols that have meaning to him or her. The state flags can serve as inspiration!

  • Explore the history of your own state in more detail. What was it like to live there 100 years ago? 200 years ago? Have kids predict what it will be like to live there in the future.

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