Color Uncovered

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Interactive science app packed with info, nifty experiments.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about colors, light, how the eyes and brain process information, and how that plays out in every day life. There is a lot of information packed into the ebook, and it's done in a playful and interactive way. Since it's a book rather than an activity app, it doesn't have some of the features you'd expect with educational gaming apps, but it also doesn't need them. Kids may develop an interest in subjects they may not have cared about or considered before after such an engaging introduction. Physics and biology become a lot more fun as kids experience the phenomena firsthand with Color Uncovered.

Ease of Play

The app behaves like an interactive book with easy-to-navigate pages, and pop-up answers and explanations.


The app includes a link to the Exploratorium museum, the publisher, as well as information about the museum.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Color Uncovered is designed to teach you about color and how the eye perceives the things it sees. It does so through videos, optical illusions, and plenty of clear explanations. Most of the pages include an experiment involving the image on the screen and occasionally using other household items. Readers can do the experiment and then press a button that brings up the science involved. While the science isn't too advanced for most audiences, it is more appropriate for tweens and up. Also, younger children may not be able to see the optical illusions.

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What's it about?

COLOR UNCOVERED is an ebook app from the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco. It explores a range of science topics related to color, including colorblindness, light refraction, optical illusions, the "feelings" of color, painting, and pigment. Each of the 18 pages introduces a new concept with an experiment or surprising tidbit of information (did you know that they used to make brown paint with resin from mummies?). The experiments typically involve optical illusions that highlight ways in which our eyes and brain process information and, although they aren't games, they are fun to share with other people.

Is it any good?

Color Uncovered is like the science textbook of the future, packing in plenty of information, but doing it in a way that is fun and engaging. The app works like a book that has interactive elements only when they illustrate the point, keeping the focus on the information. Kids who are used to playing games on their iPads may be bored, but for those interested in colors, the eye, and how the mind works, this is a wonderful introduction. If there is one complaint, it's that the app feels too short. This freebie is a great addition to your app library.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Do the experiments together and talk about the results.

  • Find websites or books on optical illusions.

  • Play around with colored prisms to see how light and color work.

App details

  • Devices: iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Science: biology, physics
    Arts: painting
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, asking questions, investigation
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: October 10, 2011
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 55.10 MB
  • Publisher: Exploratorium
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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