Kids and Home

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Kids see, learn about the world by visiting others' homes.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn to develop cultural understanding as they visit homes and architectural landmarks in various countries around the world. In viewing images of 25 landmark buildings, such as the Eiffel Tower, kids can learn how buildings are built, (including information on materials, structure, and landscaping options) and what the buildings mean to a nation's history and culture. The app also gives kids practice in drawing as they build their own homes in the design portion of the app. Kids and Home is a great tool for sparking kids' interest in different cultures and for helping them build global awareness.

Ease of Play

The drawing page has no spoken instructions, making it difficult to figure out how to construct your own home. The app's pages are easy to turn and the one animation is easy to find. A pull-up menu at the bottom of each page lets you easily navigate through the books pages.

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A small icon labeled "credits" is displayed on the main screen, which links to the developer's website.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kids and Home takes kids on a stunningly beautiful journey to all corners of the world as they look at different ways people live and visit other countries' landmark buildings, such as the Egyptian pyramids and Machu Picchu. This app teaches history, legends, facts, and figures about the way people live around the globe in a highly interactive way. There's one hidden animation on each page, and kids can also draw and share their own homes.

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What's it about?

Kids begin by customizing their own avatar to serve as their traveler. Along the journey, kids view high-quality photos of a building or landmark, read a fact about it, and listen to a voice-over narration about how it differs from the narrator's house. There's a "hidden" animated feature on each page that kids can click, such as a monkey jumping around a tree house in Thailand. Kids can also choose a landscape background to draw on or can draw their own home.

Is it any good?

Buying this app is like taking your child on a $.99 guided tour around the world. The narrator takes kids on a photographic journey around the world before showing kids her own home. Most kids love to see and compare how people in other cultures live differently than they do, and what better way to do that than to discuss something so central to life: homes and buildings. Budding architects will also enjoy building their own home on this app with 35 coloring brushes and 250 stickers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Help your kids identify similarities and differences between cultures. Ask questions like, "What kinds of rooms are in the houses?" or "What materials do they use to build?"

  • Encourage kids' interest in other cultures by helping them explore learning opportunities in your own community such as cultural centers or museum exhibits.

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For kids who love learning with apps

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