BeeAmazed!

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Informative bee-themed mazes kids may buzz through.

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Educational Value

Kids learn a little about how honeybees live and work, and develop an idea of division of labor among honeybees, the process of making a hive, and how the hive's population is maintained. They'll also get some work on fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they maneuver through the mazes. Kids will need more input beyond the app, however, to truly learn something meaningful and substantial about bee life.  

Ease of Play

The games are easy to play. Kids need to drag their finger clearly through a maze to guide a bee.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that BeeAmazed! introduces kids to honeybees and their hive life through mazes and other mini-games. There's some limited text to explain what the games are about, but the text isn't read aloud, so parents will need to help pre-readers. For the last maze, kids need to tilt the device to make a blob of honey ooze around obstacles and through the path; be prepared to protect your device from potential falls. Try it out for free with limited content and pay the $1.99 in-app purchase to unlock the whole app. The developer's website has some ideas for exploring bees beyond the app. Read the privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Kids are invited to BEEAMAZED! as they learn about honeybee society and life inside the hive. Four mazes, each with three levels, represent a different bee role: Drag your finger across the screen to help the nurse bee feed the larvae, or guide the queen's attendant bee to her to make sure she's fed and well taken care of. Tap the sun icon for a brief explanation of each of these bee's roles. In an additional maze, kids tilt the device rather than use their finger. Other games include activities like dressing the bee keeper, choosing the gender of the queen's larvae, planting a flower garden, and matching cards by memory.

Is it any good?

Kids get an introduction to the ins and outs of life in the hive with a handful of fun mazes and easy bee-themed activities. BeeAmazed! has sweet graphics, cute background music (though it would be nice to have an option for turning it off), and a worthy goal to get kids excited about and interested in science and the natural world. A few kid-friendly sentences very briefly explain the different bee roles, from queen to drone to builder. If kids want to know more, they have to visit the developer's website. Though the graphics and bee characters change, interaction and games are pretty much the same throughout: It's all about tracing -- or tilting -- your way through a maze. Three maze levels do offer a bit for kids to get excited about, but with so little variety the excitement might not last long. BeeAmazed! can be a good starting point for young kids to start to learn about honey bees. Parents can take it from there to help them learn more.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the bees in BeeAmazed! Why are bees important? Help kids read the information in the app, and then help them research on the web, in the library, or out in nature to find out more.

  • Talk about conversation and endangered species. What does it mean when a group of animals goes extinct? What would happen if bees went extinct?

  • Discuss your kid's attitude toward bees. Since so many kids are afraid of getting stung, find out more about why bees sting. What are some of the positive things bees do? 

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