A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bobo Explores Light is essentially an interactive science textbook. Bobo is a little robot who serves as a guide of sorts as kids navigate through a thorough exploration of exactly what light is and how it works. Topics include reflection, refraction, lasers, the color spectrum, how eyes see, why the sky is blue, and much more. Kids need to be able to read a lot of text themselves (or have someone available to read it to them), but there are also videos and experiments to conduct.
What's it about?
This interactive storybook's main character is a robot named Bobo who helps kids learn all about light. Each of the 21 topics is jam-packed with information, most of which will need to be read by an adult if kids playing on this app aren't fluent readers yet. There are also some short videos that are just long enough to teach without boring kids. Then there's a fun activity for kids to try that gives them a taste of the concept in a free-play way and doesn't require a lot of explanation.
Is it any good?
There is so much information in BOBO EXPLORES LIGHT that anybody of any age would be hard-pressed to make it all the way through without learning something new. It's all explained in clear, simple language that elementary schoolers should be able to take in with no problem. The videos and interactivity add both extra insight and a genuine entertainment factor. This app exemplifies the old mantra: "Learning can be fun."
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- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Science: biology, electricity, energy, motion
Social Studies: historical figures
- Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations
Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships
- Price: $4.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: February 2, 2011
- Category: Education
- Size: 258.00 MB
- Publisher: Game Collage, LLC
- Version: 2.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
For kids who love science
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