Britannica Kids: Aztec Empire

Common Sense Media says

Get to know a past civilization, some of Mexico's history.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

As long as kids who use this app can read, it's easy to learn the features quickly and play on with ease. A simple shake of your mobile device is all it takes to scramble the puzzles; other games use the standard swipe of a finger or a tap to maneuver.

Violence & scariness

Some historically accurate accounts of human sacrifice and battles, as well as photos of up-close human skulls, battles, and rather gory sacrifices (in illustration form).

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This app's "Shop" section is sandwiched between the games and other features on an option wheel on all of the main pages of the app. The store prominently features other Britannica Kids apps, including Dinosaurs and Volcanoes.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Kids can share aspects of the app via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Britannica Kids: Aztec Empire is a highly educational app that gives kids a comprehensive look into the Aztecs and their role in Mexico's history and culture. This app is heavily reliant on reading, with only one video, so kids need to have a good command of reading skills to learn most of the information here. The games and puzzles are more self-explanatory.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • global awareness
  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • thinking critically

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The fascinating Aztec world gets unlocked for kids who are researching a school project or are simply interested in ancient cultures. The quiz and puzzle games are fun, and a treasure trove of articles includes beautiful photos.

Learning Approach

Puzzles and photos are a good entry point for visual learners. More images and interactive features, like a highlighting tool, would help kids solidify concepts.

Support

Adding spoken text could help readers who need more support.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • global awareness
  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • thinking critically

Kids can learn a lot about Aztec history in this kid-friendly, comprehensive view of the Aztecs and their role in Mexico's history and culture. Learning about the ancient culture while performing games like quizzes and puzzles helps kids practice critical-thinking skills as they expand their cultural understanding. Kids gain historic context and global awareness as they read, watch a video, and play games about how the Aztecs lived, how the empire fell, and how it affects Mexican culture yet today. Britannica Kids: Aztec Empire is an engaging history exploration tool.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

With Britannica Kids: Aztec Empire, kids choose from a list of subjects (Aztec rulers, society, or gods, for example) and then read, look at pictures, or watch a video. The games are easy to play: A simple shake of the mobile device scrambles the puzzles; other games use the standard swipe of a finger or a tap to maneuver. Kids can also take timed quizzes and use a map tool.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

For kids researching a school project, homeschoolers, or any kid just interested in native cultures, this app will unlock the fascinating Aztec world for them. There's a trove of information here, including beautiful photos of archeological finds and illustrations of events. The quiz and puzzle games are fun, too. It's unfortunate that the online store to buy more apps like this from Britannica Kids is so intertwined with the other features on this app. Parents may want to remind their kids to get permission before clicking "buy" in this or any app.

Families can talk about...

  • Ask kids whether they would have liked to live in the Aztec culture. Why or why not? 

  • Britannica's online services have even more information on the Aztecs. Link from the app to this recommended extension.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$4.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:June 16, 2011
Category:Education
Size:153.00 MB
Publisher:Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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