Bugs and Bubbles

Common Sense Media says

Cool graphics, prereading, and STEM games engage kids.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Several games are designed to develop fine motor skills and can be tricky to maneuver. Kids may need some direct modeling and practice to figure out pinching, twisting, and two-finger maneuvers and which gesture goes with which game.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

Links to other apps are hidden behind a parent-only screen accessible when a user solves a math problem.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

According to the app's easy-to-understand privacy policy, the developer does not collect any personal information.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • writing

Math

  • addition
  • counting
  • numbers
  • patterns
  • shapes

Science

  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • memorization
  • thinking critically

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Pretty much any kid loves bubbles or bugs -- or both! Fun concept, gorgeous design, and challenging games keep kids engaged.

Learning Approach

The games adjust in response to kids' performance, so they stay appropriately challenged. Skills like sorting, counting, and matching transfer seamlessly to traditional work.

Support

An animated hand models how to play each game, but some games may require more direction. The level of challenge changes based on kids' performance.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • writing

Math

  • addition
  • counting
  • numbers
  • patterns
  • shapes

Science

  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • memorization
  • thinking critically

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Kids can learn a variety of prereading and early math skills as well as develop fine motor and STEM skills through the 18 mini-games featured in Bugs and Numbers. They'll match and trace letters, complete patterns, and identify and sort objects to develop literacy skills. They'll count objects and balance scales to work on math skills. They'll use physics and fine motor skills to stack shapes, race bugs, and roll and bowl with roly-poly bugs. They'll also develop critical-thinking skills through games like Memory and Bubble4. Bugs and Numbers is quite a bargain for the number of games and breadth of skills introduced.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Encourage kids fascinated with bugs or bubbles to go outside and look for bugs and blow bubbles.

  • Kids may need some help figuring out the racing game, the pinch garden game, or the bubble flight game.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
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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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 8 years old February 7, 2015
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This is great for my kids if I was a parent.

I think this is great. I would recommend this for 5 and up because the bugs might be scary for kids under elementary school age.
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