A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about space exploration, the role of an astronaut, gravity, and the mission of Apollo 11. Text highlighting can help young learners boost their reading skills. Several pages of the ebook include a small notebook icon; kids can tap the icon to learn more about a particular topic and build their vocabulary skills. For example, in the beginning of the story, kids can tap to learn about the job of an astronaut, as well the Greek origins of the word. Interactive activities encourage kids to follow directions and stay engaged, but they don't address the content being taught in the story. Bean Bag Kids Apollo 11 is an engaging, kid-friendly way to learn about an important milestone in the history of space exploration.
Ease of Play
It's easy to get started with the story -- just tap the play button. Some of the interactive activities take a while to figure out, even with basic directions.
Products & Purchases
Tap three times to access the parents' section, where users will find links to the App Store.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bean Bag Kids Apollo 11 is a digital storybook about the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. With colorful graphics, interactive features, and text-to-audio voice-over, kids can take a virtual trip to the moon and learn about space shuttles, gravity, astronauts, and more. Throughout the story, kids are prompted to help with the mission by completing brief interactive activities. Kids probably will enjoy the activities, and the app does a good job of keeping them engaged during a fairly long, text-heavy story. However, the activities do not directly contribute to the learning experience about the Apollo 11 mission. Nonetheless, kids will be inspired as they are immersed in the journey to take the first manned spacecraft from Earth to the moon.
Is It Any Good?
If you're searching for a fun and engaging way to teach kids about space exploration and the Apollo 11 mission, then BEAN BAG KIDS APOLLO 11 will do the trick. The information is presented in a way that makes it easy for young kids to understand, and the graphics and activities help break up the text and keep readers interested. Kids will feel as if they're part of the mission as they help the astronauts blast off, clean up the spacecraft, collect items on the moon, and more. Although they're engaging and prompt kids to follow directions, the activities do seem a bit random at times and do not directly address the content of the story. It would be great to see some games or quizzes that are aimed at assessing knowledge or deepening understanding.
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