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Bugs and Buttons



Realistic-looking bugs blend fun and learning in 18 games.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn a wide range of language and math skills, from recognizing lowercase and uppercase letters in alphabetical order to counting up through 20. Several puzzles challenge kids to identify patterns, finish sequences, and group similar objects, all while kids build the fine motor control to pinch and tap objects and drag them around the screen. The lively bugs and colorful buttons energize the puzzles and make the concepts more intuitive and relevant for kids to learn. Better progress tracking for parents would give the app a boost. Bugs and Buttons entertains and engages while it educates kids on basic skills.

Ease of play

Visual instructions demonstrate how to play each game. Challenge increases as kids play.

Violence & scariness

In one game, kids aim bees at a target using a slingshot, but the bees are unhurt and in fact exclaim "yippee" and "yahoo" as they fly through the air. Another game involves tapping bugs to make them disappear in a burst of light.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bugs and Buttons is a collection of 18 educational and entertaining games with buttons and (very realistic!) bugs. The games involve racing, counting, sorting, finding patterns, using a slingshot, playing tic-tac-toe, connecting dots, navigating a maze, steering, matching, and completing letter sequences. Most of the games involve both buttons and eight bugs among ants, bees, butterflies, dragonflies, fireflies, and ladybugs. Succeeding in the games helps kids win stamps of the bugs to collect in a book. Seeing realistic ants crawl all over the screen might unnerve young children, but the games may help them feel more comfortable with insects. By default, cockroaches and spiders are disabled but can be turned on in the settings. Voice-overs are available in 14 languages.

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What's it about?

In BUGS AND BUTTONS, a collection of 18 games, kids will tap bugs and buttons and drag them around the screen to achieve various goals. Several puzzles focus on recognizing numbers, letters, colors, and patterns, while others -- such as tic-tac-toe, a maze, and a racing game -- rely on more subtle learning components such as prediction. An animated tutorial demonstrates the steps to take, and kids try until they succeed, gradually proceeding to more difficult levels and eventually winning insect stamps for a digital stamp collection.

Is it any good?


This wide assortment of games and the increasing difficulty level within each game provides a lot of entertainment value, which makes the educational components more subtle and effective. For kids who are achievement-driven, the simple stamp collection may feel a bit boring. Still, this app has a lot to offer kids in a wide age range -- so long as they're not too squeamish about tapping an ant or two.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about attainable goals, such as collecting all the stamps for an insect, to encourage kids to keep developing and improving their skills.

  • Demonstrate the tougher fine motor skills, such as firing the slingshot and pinching.

  • Use keywords such as "pattern" and "counting" about different puzzles to reinforce larger concepts.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Subjects:Language & Reading: letter or word recognition
Math: addition, counting, numbers, patterns
Science: motion
Hobbies: collecting
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: prediction, solving puzzles
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:January 13, 2015
Topics:Bugs, Numbers and letters
Size:156.00 MB
Publisher:Little Bit Studio, LLC.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up

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Educator and Parent Written byburrelll October 17, 2012

I like it

My 4 year old loves it. It's not noisy or jarring. It has nice graphics and quiet music with simple and easy to follow directions.
Parent Written byKatetherate August 19, 2012

The most delightful kids app I've seen!

Bugs and Buttons is the most impressive kids app I've seen. It has 18 activities, each lasts a few minutes - just right for child-sized concentration. It automatically moves onto the next activity, and they seem to appear in a random order so there's no boring predictability. Activities include recognising patterns, colours and numbers; sorting different objects into groups; using skills such as pinching, dragging, tilting; letter recognition. It is visually beautiful, so much lovelier than any other kids app I've seen, and it has an entertaining, varied musical soundtrack that doesn't make me want to mute it the minute the kids turn it on. My 4 and 7 year old girls have thoroughly enjoyed playing with this app, and I don't feel guilty letting them have a go because I can see real value in the activities. I highly recommend Bugs and Buttons.


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