Britannica Kids: Solar System
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Britannica Kids: Solar System is an interactive reference guide for information about our solar system. It not only includes factual information about the planets, sun, moon, asteroids, and comets, but also talks about famous astronomers through history, and how people have begun to explore the solar system through space travel. In addition to text, photos, and videos there are solar system-themed games including a quiz, jigsaw puzzles, and magic square.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- academic development
- personal growth
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will have fun with games and doing the puzzles, especially when they try to beat their previous scores. The articles require a lot of reading, but tappable pictures and key terms help make them interactive.
A built-in glossary helps build vocabulary skills, and kids can assess their knowledge by taking quizzes. Learning is based on memorization.
The information is well-organized, and users will quickly figure out how to navigate. Hints on quizzes would help struggling learners, and a text-to-audio feature would help kids with different learning styles.
What's it about?
Britannica Kids: Solar System is an interactive encyclopedia about our solar system where kids drag and tap their fingers to browse pages of information, look at pictures, and watch videos using a pop-up scroll wheel. Kids can tap words such as mass and perihelion to read detailed definitions. Kids can reinforce what they've learned through quizzes and puzzles. The app is packed with info, but misses the opportunity to stress the diversity of the space program or show kids some of the people who have gone into space.
Is it any good?
BRITANNICA KIDS: SOLAR SYSTEM is an educational, accessible, and visually appealing reference tool with mini-games that add a little dash of fun into the mix as well. The pop-up scroll wheel used to navigate between the app's different sections remains a bit awkward to use, but otherwise the app is very enjoyable. Certain words in the text are highlighted, and kids can click on them to read short definitions of words like "mass," "galaxy," and "perihelion."
Families can talk about...
Buy or borrow a telescope so kids can observe the night sky.
Visit NASA websites and learn about the current space program, as well as the budding space tourism industry. Some of NASA's sites are just for kids, such as NASA Kids' Club andNASA's Space Place.