Bubble Guppies: Animal School Day

 
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Learning(i)

Sweet friends help preschoolers learn about animals.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app has clear audio directions from Mr. Grouper and visual cues to help young kids navigate and play.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

The app features characters from the popular Nick Jr. TV show Bubble Guppies.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this educational app for preschoolers features characters from the popular Nick Jr. TV show, Bubble Guppies. Kids join Mr. Grouper, Gil, Molly, and others as they learn about 10 wild animals. With four interactive games, kids can learn about each animal's physical characteristics, habitat, and diet. The games also help tots build important developmental skills as they tap, drag, swipe, and sort.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • animals

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Cute characters and kid-friendly jokes keep kids engaged as they work through fun learning activities.

Learning Approach

With 10 animals to choose from and the option to begin with a particular game, kids are empowered to direct the experience as they develop visual discrimination and fine motor skills.

Support

Mr. Grouper and the other characters provide consistent and guiding feedback to keep kids on track and help them be successful. Audio prompts and cues will keep kids from feeling lost or frustrated.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • animals

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Kids can learn the characteristics, diets, and habitats of 10 wild animals such as zebras, penguins, seals, and alligators. Kids can also develop visual discrimination skills by sorting the animals based on a feature like color or number of legs. Even the just-for-fun activities engage kids in building fine motor skills. Bubble Guppies: Animal School Day is a well-rounded educational app with solid learning support, varied activities, and fun animal lessons.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Wilkey Oh

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What's it about?

Kids choose from 10 wild animal pictures to begin an "Animal School Day." Characters guide them through four learning games, each customized for the animal they chose. Kids learn about a feature of the animal, and then play a sorting game to identify that feature. They spin a wheel to learn what the animal eats. They drive a car to return a baby animal to its habitat. A few just-for-fun features include the "Lunch Time" game and a sticker page. From the menu, kids can also navigate to a particular game instead of the "Animal School Day" set.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

BUBBLE GUPPIES: ANIMAL SCHOOL DAY is a sweet educational app with cute characters, kid-friendly humor, and lots of learning fun for little ones. The audio prompts and cues from Mr. Grouper and the gang will keep kids from feeling lost or frustrated as they sort, feed, and help the animals. The jokes and sticker page add some just-for-fun entertainment. And with four games for each animal, it will likely take kids many sessions to work through all the "School Day" lessons. Bubble Guppies: Animal School Day has great educational and entertainment value.

Families can talk about...

  • On your next zoo trip, ask your kids to point out characteristics of the animals. See if they can identify similarities and differences between animals. If you don't live near a zoo, try a pet store.

  • Help preschoolers practice sorting objects. When possible, making sorting purposeful -- they can sort laundry by color, for example.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99-$4.99
Release date:November 1, 2012
Category:Education
Topics:Wild animals
Size:431.00 MB
Publisher:MTV Networks
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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