Britannica Kids: Solar System

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Great interactive reference tool with space games and quiz.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn all about the solar system through a broad range of learning material that covers the physical properties of the sun, moon, planets, asteroids, and comets, and also physics concepts such as gravity and space, as well as a brief history of astronomy and space exploration. Britannica Kids: Solar System encourages self-study, memorization, and academic development through quizzes that test kids on what they've learned, and that are timed and scored so kids can strive to improve. This app complements a budding interest in astronomy, with jumping-off points into many other disciplines.

Ease of Play

The app is fairly easy to navigate but uses a pop-up scroll-wheel to move between sections, which can sometimes feel unwieldy.

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One of the tabs in the table of contents advertises other Britannica apps for purchase with a "Buy" link that leads to the App Store. Users can opt to share updates through Facebook and Twitter.

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What 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.

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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."

Talk to your kids 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.

App details

For kids who love to have fun learning

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