A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Britannica Kids: Snakes app is packed full of nature videos and photos, articles, games, and quizzes about snakes. Kids will need to have a good command of reading to really utilize all of the information here, so it will be just right for kids around ages 8 to 12. Some videos that show snakes eating small animals may be a little much for younger kids. Also, there are options to connect with Twitter and Facebook from the app and location tracking for a maps feature.
What's it about?
With Britannica Kids: Snakes, kids choose a topic from an options wheel, such as snakes and humans, life cycle, food, and more. Then they can read the related articles, watch videos, look on an interactive map, or play games, such as a memory match game. A simple shake of your mobile device scrambles the puzzles; other games use the standard swipe of a finger or a tap to maneuver. Quizzes are timed.
Is it any good?
Kids who loves snakes will happily sink their teeth into BRITANNICA KIDS: SNAKES as they learn more facts, play games, watch videos, and test their knowledge about these fascinating and often feared creatures. It's unfortunate that the online store for 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.
Talk to your kids about ...
After kids have spent time with the app, take them to a pet store or snake house at a zoo and see how many snakes they can identify.
Read some books on snakes such as Rattlesnake Dance: True Tales, Mysteries, and Rattlesnake Ceremonies.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Science: animals, life cycle
Social Studies: geography
- Skills: Health & Fitness: preventing sickness
Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
- Price: $4.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: May 13, 2011
- Category: Education
- Topics: Science and Nature
- Size: 199.00 MB
- Publisher: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
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