A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about different topics related to each edition. For example, in the free edition, kids are inspired through reading and gameplay to learn about the fall season, scarecrows, pumpkins, trees, falling leaves, and more. The stories range in difficulty level and include a rebus story (wherein pictures represent words), a short poem, and longer stories. Kids can follow along with the highlighted text or they can record their own voices reading the story. The hidden-picture puzzles are fun and encourage visual awareness while helping to improve observation and matching skills. Though the drawing and video activities inspire creativity, some of the video activities seem out of place. For example, one Brain Play video asks kids to think about three things they like to know about their friends. Overall, Highlights: All About offers a wide variety of learning activities that allow kids to engage with topics from many angles and skill levels.
Ease of Play
It's very easy to navigate, and audio prompts tell kids what to do each time they begin a new activity.
Products & Purchases
All 11 of the in-app purchases are displayed when kids open the app.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Highlights: All About is a digital version of the well-known children's magazine. Kids can explore a range of topics by reading, listening to stories, drawing, watching and recording videos, and completing puzzles. The free version comes with the Fall edition, and 11 more editions are available as in-app purchases, which are visible to kids as they open the app.
Is It Any Good?
Highlights: All About provides the same top-notch quality as its print counterpart. The activities are fun and challenging with plenty of variation to keep kids engaged. Allowing for a range of reading abilities and beautifully illustrated pages, the reading selections include early and emergent readers. Budding artists can find inspiration in the autumn-related prompts and create drawings. The free Fall edition offers plenty of learning value, but it's important to keep in mind that kids will see all the in-app purchases each time they open the app and likely will ask parents to buy them.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.