A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bugs and Bubbles is a highly engaging game that's similar in format and theme to the other bug games from Little Bit Studio, Bugs and Numbers and Bugs and Buttons, but the games and skills are unique. The graphics are gorgeous and feature lots of realistic-looking bugs that are fascinating rather than gross. Three levels of six games each get increasingly challenging and cover prereading skills, early math skills, fine motor skills, and STEM-oriented thinking. To set up multiple users, parents will need to go to the settings on a device, choose the app, and select "enable" under user profiles. The default is set to off.
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What's it about?
In BUGS AND BUBBLES, kids work their way through three stages of six games each or choose "explore" to select any stage and game. Games address such skills as color and shape recognition, matching, patterns, counting, word recognition, small-muscle control -- and even a little fun physics. Each game uses adaptive-learning technology to increase the challenge as needed. Most games end when kids get a wrong answer; others run on a timer. Each mini-game ends with a "Way to go!" or "Good job!," and kids earn stickers for the mini-games they master.
Is it any good?
Bugs and Bubbles is impressive for several reasons. Adults will appreciate the realistic graphics and beautiful classical music while the variety of fun games will entertain kids and help them learn some important skills in math, reading, critical thinking, and science. The hand that silently shows kids how to complete new tasks is effective on some games, but other games (like racing) may require parental instruction. Parents will certainly appreciate the amount of quality content for the price.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Math: addition, counting, numbers, patterns, shapes
Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, writing
- Skills: Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
Thinking & Reasoning: logic, memorization, thinking critically
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: September 6, 2013
- Category: Education
- Topics: Bugs
- Size: 105.00 MB
- Publisher: Little Bit Studio, LLC.
- Version: 1.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
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