Extraordinary Women

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Exceptional stories and self-reflection offer inspiration.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the basics about the lives and accomplishments of nine women: Ada Lovelace, J.K. Rowling, Aimee Mullins, Miriam Makeba, Mary Anning, Gertrude Ederle, Junko Tabei, Carmen Amaya, and Greta Thunberg. Diary prompts may also help kids reflect and learn about and express themselves.

Ease of Play

Navigation is clear and easy, though when there's an interactive activity, it's not always obvious what kids need to do.

Violence & Scariness

One woman's story mentions that many of her family members died when she was young. Another story tells about climbers being injured by an avalanche on a mountain climb.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

A link to the developer's other games is on the main page with an addition problem as a parent gate.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Brief mention of adult making homemade beer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Extraordinary Women tells the stories of nine women who have made extraordinary contributions to society. In a fashion somewhat similar to the Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls phenomenon, kids can learn the basics about the lives and contributions of Ada Lovelace, J.K. Rowling, Aimee Mullins, Miriam Makeba, Mary Anning, Gertrude Ederle, Junko Tabei, Carmen Amaya, and Greta Thunberg. This is the second edition in a series that started with Women Who Changed the World. The stories are all read aloud by a narrator and also feature minimal animation and a few interactive elements. There's also a section where kids create their own profiles with various kind of information about themselves. For these features to work fully, the app needs access to your device's camera roll and microphone. Some stories touch on themes that may be difficult for young kids including family members dying, dangerous mountain climbs, and gender discrimination. In the settings menu users can choose to set the app to one of 16 languages (in the English setting, there are just a few small examples that make it seem as though the app was not written by a native English speaker). Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

To start EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN, kids must first choose an avatar and a name to create their own profile. Then, tap on one of the portraits of the nine featured women to start exploring their life story. Narrated text outlines the life and major accomplishments of each women. The stories also have a few interactive features in which kids do things like answer multiple-choice questions, put puzzles pieces together, or swipe the screen to change the scene. Tap on "Who I am?" to enter the personal diary section where kids tap on tree leaves and use text, stickers, audio, photographs, or drawings to answer the questions and prompts they find.

Is it any good?

Bite-sized stories about women who made a difference, plus space for self reflection, inspire kids to find their own inner strength. The nine featured women are a nicely diverse group from different cultures (e.g., South Africa, Spain, England), genres (e.g., dance, paleontology, sports), and periods in history. The stories are brief and therefore somewhat superficial, but feel right for the target age. If kids are particularly interested in any of these women, parents can help look up more information about them. The interactive elements feel a bit irrelevant, particularly when it's not clear what kids need to do to advance the story. And some kids may be frustrated by the multiple-choice questions, which refer to material that hasn't yet been discussed. The personal diary is a really nice touch that gives kids space to express who they are. However, the set-up is a bit clunky. Despite that, Extraordinary Women presents a nice introduction to another small group of inspirational women.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the contributions the women featured in Extraordinary Women made to society. Why was what they accomplished important? How did it help people?

  • Which woman interests you the most? Why? Help kids find out more about their favorite extraordinary women.

  • Help kids answer the diary prompts and use them to spark discussion.

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For kids who love positive female role models

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