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Kids can learn interesting facts about the geography, history, culture, animals, and climates of the countries they can visit on Fingerprint: Whole Wide World Fun Learning Games for Kids 5-8. After kids choose a country to visit, they begin an adventure with mini-games such as puzzles, racing games, and matching games. Country-specific stamps and postcards are rewarding prizes. Kids can also learn to use technology as they can send the postcards they earn to their parents or teacher and create audio messages, too. Whole Wide World is a fun way to introduce young kids to world geography, culture, and social studies.
Ease of Play
Very easy to play. When opening the app for the first time, the parent and kid accounts require a minute or two to set up. After that, it's very easy to play. Most games come with some voice instruction and encouragement.
Violence & Scariness
When kids play the car game in America and a car crashes into something, kids see a big puff of dirt and smoke.
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Products & Purchases
In-app purchases ($.99 each per country) are required to visit more countries than the first few countries that are included with the free app.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fingerprint: Whole Wide World, Fun Learning Games for Kids 5-8 helps kindergarten and early elementary school-age kids learn some very basic ideas about the culture and geography of some countries around the world. Kids choose a cute kid adventurer avatar to represent them as they go around the world playing games and collecting stamps. Mini-games in each place teach kids details about the country and its culture, and they require kids to use skills such as simple letter identification, matching, logic, and puzzle completion. The first few countries (at the time of this review, United States, Mexico, and Brazil) are free; other countries require in-app purchases to access.
Is It Any Good?
Kids learn some basic details about well-known nations around the world in FINGERPRINT: WHOLE WIDE WORLD. The information here is basic and essentially learned through the visuals and a few audio tidbits, but it still can be valuable time spent in play, especially for kids who haven't learned much about cultures other than their own. The simple, colorful globe on the main page is an excellent visual for young kids to see where countries are located in relation to each other. The basic addition and subtraction games are included in a way that isn't overwhelming, allowing kids to still focus on the fun cultural visuals and sounds.
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