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 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.
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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition
Math: addition, counting, numbers, patterns
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: prediction, solving puzzles
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: January 13, 2015
- Category: Education
- Topics: Bugs, Numbers and Letters
- Size: 156.00 MB
- Publisher: Little Bit Studio, LLC.
- Version: 1.8
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up
- Last updated: June 19, 2020
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