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Parents' Guide to

Curious Playground

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Empowering tool lets you create personalized activities.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try, Paid, Free Education
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Although the content covers a broad range of information (flags from different countries, geography, multiple levels of math, music, art, and words), the activities aren't as engaging as apps that focus on one skill. Each activity is basically a mini-quiz, and kids earn trophy cups for completing activities. There's nothing too exciting about the cups -- just a number on the screen.

What will engage kids is the creation tool with which they can design their own activities to complete themselves or share with others. They can create their own puzzles or memory games using the device's camera (it won't pull already-taken pictures from the camera roll, though), write their own songs, and enter their own words. The developer's target age range is 3 to 7, but the challenge on some activities spans higher -- math includes division up to four digits, for example. The activities automatically level up after kids successfully complete a level, but kids or parents can adjust the level manually, too, for kids who want to start at a more challenging level. The options for content are pretty limitless with the creation tool, making Curious Playground a good choice.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : letter or word recognition, spelling, vocabulary, Math : addition, division, fractions, multiplication, subtraction, Social Studies : geography, Arts : improvising and music analysis, music
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : memorization, solving puzzles, Creativity : combining knowledge, producing new content, Self-Direction : academic development, Tech Skills : using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid, Free (Both the paid and the free versions of the app have in-app purchase options ranging from $1 to $3.)
  • Release date: January 8, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Curious Hat
  • Version: 1.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
  • Last updated: August 17, 2016

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