What parents need to know
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 kids can learn
- historical figures
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- making new creations
Engagement, Approach, Support
Highly engaging. Kids explore light concepts by reading, watching videos, and playing fun related activities with a cool robot guide.
The app presents kids with concepts about the science and history of light via written text, videos, and fun activities. The table of contents empowers kids to move from topic to topic as they choose.
There's an excellent tutorial. Some instructions are verbal, but a lot of the information must be read. Bobo demonstrates frequently how to do things.
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."
Families can talk about...
Read the pages with text on them with your kids, and answer any follow-up questions your kids may have.
Point out the concepts of light that your kid is learning about on this app in related real-world places.