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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn and practice a range of academic skills, from math to spelling to music to history. They can learn to recognize flags of different countries, learn the capitals and geographical locations, practice all operations of math, and work on spelling and memory. Kids can explore musical notes and develop an appreciation for famous paintings. Most important, they can learn how to challenge themselves and express themselves by creating their own activities using the create feature. Curious Playground's activities let kids practice a broad range of skills, and the creation tool lets them challenge themselves.
Ease of Play
Verbal directions explain each activity. Creating activities is easy and intuitive.
Products & Purchases
In-app purchases, ranging from $0.99 to $2.99, unlock additional content. A link to purchase other apps is included, too.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Curious Playground is content-rich and easy to use for both young kids and parents. It comes preloaded with seven game categories and can support up to three user accounts. Kids or parents also can create their own games that they can play themselves or share with others who have the free app. The paid version of the app includes in-app purchase options to unlock everything at once or to get additional music. The free version of the app includes dozens of activities, but additional content can be purchased. The buy link isn't blatantly dangled in front of kids while they're playing, though, and the button has to be held for three seconds to open the link.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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