Informative bee-themed mazes kids may buzz through.
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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?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Science: animals, ecosystems and the environment
- Pricing structure: Free to try (unlock full app with $1.99 in-app purchase)
- Release date: February 20, 2018
- Category: Education
- Topics: Bugs, Science and Nature
- Publisher: Geo Tots
- Version: 2.10
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up
- Last updated: July 12, 2020
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