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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about a variety of aspects of Alaska Native communities. Games cover topics such as respect for nature, local language, cultural traditions, and what it's like to live in a cold, snowy climate. Kids also practice some information gathering skills such as reading maps and understanding diagrams.
Ease of Play
Lots of text and audio instructions help kids navigate through the games.
Products & Purchases
The app is a companion to a TV series and has some associated branded content.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This collection of games nicely combines a diverse range of critical thinking skill practice and cultural exploration. Molly is a fun, friendly guide and a great role model for young kids who will enjoy drive her around an Alaskan village and interacting with her friends and family. The best games are wonderfully layered with interesting information and learning challenges. For example, in the Sled Dog Dash, kids navigate text resources to find answers to specific questions as they learn about working with and caring for sled dogs. Molly of Denali: Learning App has good accessible features and is just right for the preschool set. All the instructions can be text and audio based and there's nice gentle feedback when kids make the wrong choice. Overall, this is a great app both for kids who watch the TV series and those who don't.
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