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What's it about?
CLEO & CUQUIN: EXPLORE & LEARN presents fun opportunities for kids to explore and learn early math concepts in English and Spanish. Every section or activity opens with Cleo presenting a problem she must solve. The "Tree House" section is free to access and includes a Video Theater with a handful of short video clips that little kids will enjoy. Latino parents will most likely recognize popular Spanish nursery rhymes from their own childhood. Also included is a Notebook section that lets kids explore flat shapes -- square, circle, triangle, rectangle, and hexagon. Cleo's Shape Runner offers two levels of a video game where little kids pop bubbles to win achievements and drag and insert the required shapes so that Cleo can keep running and complete the level. An AR explorer is also included in the free version. Just print the AR target from the Grown Up area and kids can explore shapes in augmented reality. Toggle between Spanish and English by tapping the speech bubble at the top right corner of the screen. Additional in game support is available when kids tap Cleo's picture in the top right corner to hear directions explaining what to do next when they forget or get stuck.
Is it any good?
Kids will love taking part in fun math activities lead by Cleo, Cuquin, and other beloved friends -- Tete, Pelusin, Colitas, and Maripi. The free Cleo & Cuquin: Explore & Learn content is engaging and fun, but the real learning happens when you purchase the additional content. Still, the free content will most likely keep the youngest learners initially engaged. Then as kids master the activities you may consider purchasing additional units. The Counting unit teaches kids to count to ten, recognize and write the numerals 0 to 9. They'll even learn to sort items into groups of 5. The Sorting unit builds logical reasoning and problem-solving skills by having kids sort and classify objects in different ways. The 3D Shapes unit helps kids develop geometry skills as they recognize, name and define different shapes -- cone, cube, cylinder, rectangular prism, pyramid, and sphere. Each of the three in-app purchases unlocks new videos, storybooks, and 5 additional activities, including a fun Story Maker section within each unit where kids can create original stories and narrate them by recording their own voice. The Grown Up section includes a parent guide and allows parents to set up a child account to link to the app, access a parent dashboard to monitor a child's progress through informative charts and tables, and view and print earned certificates. Overall, it's a great, comprehensive experience.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about math concepts at home and discuss how math is all around us using Celo & Cuquin: Explore + Learn. What shapes do you see around you? What are the names of the 3D shapes you see?
Make counting fun by having kids practice counting and grouping physical objects they find around the home. Count crayons, apples, small toys -- anything counts!
Encourage kids to practice sorting in their everyday lives. Kids can sort and regroup small items in different ways. For example, something as simple as asking kids to help sort socks when its time to put away laundry can get the conversation started. Have kids describe and compare how they sorted the socks -- by color, by size, etc.
Practice language and math vocabulary by telling stories and singing songs together in English and Spanish. Make it even more memorable by making up your own songs and including the new math vocabulary your child is learning.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Math: counting, numbers, shapes
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, solving puzzles, thinking critically
Communication: listening, speaking
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try (in-app purchases at $1.99 each for 3D Shapes, Counting, Sorting)
- Release date: January 17, 2019
- Category: Education
- Topics: STEM, Friendship, Music and Sing-Along, Numbers and Letters
- Size: 357.80 MB
- Publisher: HITN
- Version: 1.2.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
- Last updated: April 21, 2021
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