Britannica Kids: Aztec Empire
What parents need to know
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
- cultural understanding
- global awareness
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
- thinking critically
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
Adding spoken text could help readers who need more support.
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?
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.