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Art Stories Cities

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Playful take on world travel has lofty educational info.

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For kids who are curious about the world, it's great to start exploring by learning a bit more about the skyline and culture of each city, though the content of the app doesn't go too deep. Art Stories Cities may not have much depth, but what it has is a nice introduction for kids. They can see a few buildings and landmarks and then get a simple introduction to life in that area, whether it be flooded walkways in Venice or Tai Chi in a Shanghai park. There does seem to be a slight disconnect between the types of activities for kids (matching building shapes, simple interaction) and the age level of the educational content (the height of buildings, names of architects/artists). Kids will still have fun, however, as they collect their passport stamps around the world. It would be nice to have an American English narrator to avoid confusion, but some support from an adult can easily make up for this.

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