A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
Start by choosing what language you want to learn with DROPLETS: DROPS FOR KIDS (there are more than 30 to choose from). Once you're set up, a word or short phrase appears in text and audio, with an icon to match. Choose to learn the word/phrase and a few interactive activities follow; reject, and you see the next choice. Interactive activities ask you to match words to pictures, spell words, determine if a word-picture pair matches or not, or trace new letters. A timer keeps track of how long you play; the free version has a five-minute-a-day limit, the paid version allows you to choose your own playtime. Adjust settings at any time, including language you're learning, native language, topic, and how you want to see or hear new words.
Is it any good?
This collection of digital, image-based flash cards has lots of options for customization and is clean, simple, and easy to use. Droplets: Drops for Kids is also extremely versatile, with over 30 languages to learn or set as a native language. Though the premium subscription adds more flexibility and time for interacting with the app, those who don't want to pay for a subscription can get enough out of the free version to get by. The program encourages regular use in bite-sized lessons, with lots of repetition, which makes tackling a new language feel manageable and increases the chances for success. Interactive games allow kids to interact with words in a variety of ways. However, be aware that this is not a full language learning app. Though there are some useful phrases included, the focus here is on vocabulary, not forming sentences, conjugating verbs, or speaking in context. How helpful Droplets: Drops for Kids is for learning a language depends largely on how often and how consistently you review the words and how much you're able to supplement with other resources to learn how to put words together to make sentences. If straightforward, image-based vocabulary flash cards are what you want, though, Droplets: Drops for Kids does them quite well.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the words kids learn with Droplets: Drops for Kids. Help kids review what they've learned and find ways to use their new vocabulary in context.
Learn a new language with your kids so that the whole family can practice together. Work together to learn how the new words come together to form sentences and phrases.
Find lots of ways to immerse yourselves in the new language through movies, books, cultural events, and, if you can, trips to the areas where people speak the language you're learning.
Talk about how using digital flash cards is different from making your own flash cards on paper. Does one method work better for your kids than the other? Why or why not?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, naming, vocabulary
Social Studies: global awareness
- Skills: Communication: multiple forms of expression
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try (free to use five minute/day or subscribe for full access $9/99/mo.)
- Release date: February 6, 2020
- Category: Education
- Size: 108.10 MB
- Publisher: PLANB LABS OU
- Version: 2.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.3 or later; Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: February 27, 2020
Our editors recommend
For kids who love learning new languages
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