Bloom by Megalearn
By Dana Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Learn a seed-sized bit about plants with pretty graphics.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about the relationship among plants, animals, and the natural world and how they work together to disperse and grow seeds. Three plants -- the dandelion, raspberry bush, and coconut palm -- are examples of the seed-dispersal processes.
Ease of Play
With only three plant options and automatic movement from one activity to the next for each plant, this app is easy to play; however, there are no audio or visual prompts if a kid doesn't understand what to do within an individual activity.
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What’s It About?
Tap "Play" on BLOOM BY MEGALEARN, and three plants with seeds appear: a dandelion, a raspberry bush, and a coconut palm. If you tap the coconut palm, an image of a beach with a palm tree appears. Tap the palm tree, and move a red dot upward on a bar as you watch seeds grow. Birds and bees arrive. Tap the seeds to watch them grow into coconuts. Tap the coconuts to watch them fall into the water. Continue to tap the coconut to see what happens next. Back on the main screen, if kids tap the dandelion, they'll need to tap each seed to release it into the wind and move a pinwheel along a bar to watch them fly and eventually fall and plant into the ground. Move a cloud to see the seed watered by rain, and so on through the growth progress. Once complete, players tap a trophy, and the app moves to a screen where kids answer multiple-choice questions about the process they've just observed.
Is It Any Good?
If your goal is to help your kid learn the very basics about seed growth and dispersal, this app does the job in a simple, visual way. But if you're looking for depth of learning, Bloom by Megalearn may not plant its main idea deeply enough. There are no vocabulary terms given about the process and no extension activities such as information for parents to continue the learning offline. This is a visuals-only app. There's no sound other than background music, which means there's also no audio explanation of what's happening or where kids should tap or swipe. To read the quizzes, kids should be able to read (or have an adult using this app with them). Bloom by Megalearn's visuals are absolutely beautiful and will likely delight nature-loving kids. Adding a few more learning supports could grow this app into a more fruitful educational experience.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how other situations in nature are similar to the seed-dispersal cycle shown in Bloom by Megalearn. What are some examples of how different animals help each other through symbiosis?
If you have a raspberry (or other berry) bush, dandelions, or a coconut palm in your outdoor environment, examine the real-deal examples. If not, buy some raspberries or coconuts at the store and look at the seeds together.
Look up some seed experiments for kids online, and try them together.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Science: animals, ecosystems and the environment, life cycle, plants
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: October 3, 2016
- Category: Education
- Topics: Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- Publisher: Megalearn AB
- Version: 1.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later.
- Last updated: October 14, 2019
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