A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island is an ecological simulation game with 18 levels and that each level presents an environmental issue and then lets kids figure out how to solve it. Players become the owner of an island and can view the island from different angles, so they see trash, oil spills, and more that they must help fix to earn Green Bucks to buy things such as trees. When a player completes all 18 levels (which will require multiple play sessions for most kids), the island is beautiful, natural, and rainbow-framed. Families can create up to four accounts so siblings each can have a game.
What's it about?
By creating a user account, kids magically become the owner of their own new island. It's littered with trash, so they start by picking up the garbage and placing it in a garbage can. This is the first Fix It mission of many across 18 levels of gameplay. Visual and audio prompts instruct how to swipe or tap to complete the missions. In-between, kids read or listen to information about environmental issues such as what trees do for the Earth or how oil spills are cleaned up. Kids earn Green Bucks during the Fix It missions to buy trees, landscape accents, and "environment savers."
There's also an industrial town, a residential town, and adorable pollution songs and raps through which kids see and hear about environmental issues. Kids also can explore mini lessons about various environmental topics.
Is it any good?
ANSEL AND CLAIR: LITTLE GREEN ISLAND uses a mix of fun animations, video game-like elements, and brief audio and visual lessons to build a story around this island (symbolizing the Earth) for kids to discover what can hurt it and how to take care of it. The simulation-style play, the sounds, and the points earning of Green Bucks don't look the way they do in the other apps in the Ansel and Clair app series, but that doesn't mean this app isn't as top-quality. In fact, this app seamlessly bakes its ecology learning into a sim that puts kids in charge of their learning. Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island is a fun, highly visual, and interactive way to connect kids with caring for the environment.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, vocabulary
Science: animals, ecosystems, plants, weather
Social Studies: global awareness
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, solving puzzles
Creativity: combining knowledge, developing novel solutions
Responsibility & Ethics: honoring the community, making wise decisions, respect for others
- Pricing structure: Free to Try ($3.99 for full version)
- Release date: July 31, 2013
- Category: Education
- Size: 177.00 MB
- Publisher: Cognitive Kid, Inc.
- Version: 1.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
For kids who love science and caring for the world
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