K-5 Science for Kids - Tappity

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Peppy, interactive science engages curious kids.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about a range of STEM topics, including biology, technology, animals and ecosystems, space and astronomy, and more.

Ease of Play

Most kids will have little trouble navigating, but some reading ability is helpful and the ability to drag-and-drop is essential.

Violence & Scariness

Some sensitive kids might find some content distressing, especially around the extinction of the dinosaurs, animals eating other animals, etc. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that K-5 Science for Kids - Tappity is an educational, interactive science experience for elementary school kids. It aligns to the Next Generation Science Standards for K-5; the list of aligned standards are actually accessible during the lessons via a subtle icon in the corner of the screen. Parents can set up a profile for each child and specify an age group to adjust difficulty. Although the publishers say that content is scaled based on the age, it still seemed to be a bit mature for most kindergartners. Some reading (or adult support) will be helpful and kids will need to be able to use basic drag-and-drop skills to progress. Lessons often ask for kids to invite their parents in to view what they have learned, allowing for opportunities for families to discuss topics further. They also send email updates for parents to see how their kids are engaging with the app. Live, interactive lessons are released throughout the week. The schedule appears in the app and on the website. These are also posted to the app for viewing at a later time. There's quite a bit of free content for families to test things out before subscribing.  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?

K-5 SCIENCE FOR KIDS  - TAPPITY is an interactive science show and educational experience. Parents set up a profile for each child with a nickname and an age. Kids then explore lessons in a wide range of topics like animals, space, the human body, and Ancient Egyptian technology.

There are games, trivia quizzes, creative activities, and more packed into each lesson. Kids are invited in by Haley, the ever-enthusiastic host, to join the Tappity community by taking a picture for their virtual "badge." After a quick overview where they meet some of the other cast of characters, they're free to explore topics based on their interests. As they explore, they help  make decisions that impact the information shared. In one activity kids work wtih Haley to create their own animal who's designed to survive with a set of environmental factors they've specified. As kids move through the lessons, they'll earn Tappity points, which increase their level. They can track their level and all the things they have made in their Adventure Journal. There are also live lessons several times a week. These are also interactive and later become part of the app lesson library. 

Is it any good?

With an energetic, goofy vibe, this is a great choice for kids who are curious in all things STEM, but don't want to take things too seriously. K-5 Science for Kids - Tappity will capture those in that certain sweet spot where they're able to understand moderate science concepts, but still appreciate a good dose of silliness. It's fun, interactive, and educational.

Unfortunately, it's not perfect. One of the biggest downsides is that voting/trivia in the live lessons seems to be glitchy -- but they are a small annoyance in an otherwise positive experience. The subscription fee isn't trivial, so you'll want to try the free content with your kids to make sure it's a good fit before diving in. That said, this would be a wonderful addition to a homeschool/unschool curriculum, and for families with kids who never stop asking, "Why?"

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about scientific inquiry while using K-5 Science for Kids - Tappity. What should you do if you have a science-related question? How do you know what questions to ask? Where can you find answers? Are there experiments you might use?

  • Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why or why not? What do you think about learning with apps in general? 

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For kids who love science and STEM

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