Bugs and Buttons

App review by
Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media
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Realistic-looking bugs blend fun and learning in 18 games.

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age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

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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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What 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.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult 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.
Adult 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 a... Continue reading

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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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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