Monkey Spot Scavenger Hunts

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Tasks encourage exploration but may not be relevant for all.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to look closely at the world around them, follow directions, and work with someone else to complete the hunts. Tasks encourage kids to be curious and notice and learn about things in their environments they may otherwise not have seen. Though most hunts are fairly scripted, kids have some limited room to express their individuality; in particular the This Is Me hunt gives kids a platform to describe who they are. Also, some tasks require kids to get creative, such as making napkin sculptures at a restaurant. Completing tasks also sometimes requires working with others, so kids can practice collaboration. More than anything, Monkey Spot Scavenger Hunts sends kids out of their worlds to seek and discover.

Ease of Play

Simple and easy to use.

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Consumerism

Limited number of hunts are available with the free download; additional hunts must be purchased. Parent gate requiring year of birth entry protects all in-app purchases.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Monkey Spot Scavenger Hunts is a collection of themed tasks that get kids looking around their environments and collecting information. For instance, the Out to Eat hunt can be completed when kids visit a restaurant with their families and collect specific information about their experiences. There are seven hunts included in the free download, with more available as in-app purchases. To complete each task, kids will need to use the device's camera to take a photo. The developer's privacy policy states that all the information that kids enter and upload, such as photos, names, and more, are stored locally on your device and are not collected by or accessible to the developer. For more details on how the app collects and shares information, read the developer's privacy policy.

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What's it about?

The MONKEY SPOT SCAVENGER HUNTS free download comes with seven themed hunts, each with 10 or more tasks to complete. For example, the This Is Me hunt has kids take pictures of themselves, their breakfasts, and so on and describe them. The Backseat Driver hunt asks kids to find a bumper with four or more bumper stickers, take a picture of it, and describe it. To finish a task, kids must provide a photo and a description, and to finish a hunt, kids must complete all the tasks. Kids can display their finished tasks as a slide show that showcases their photos and descriptions.

Is it any good?

Though this is a screen-based game, silly tasks and fun hunt activities nicely encourage kids to look up from the screen and examine their surrounding environment. The provided questions can also be a good starter for conversation and exploration with family members. Yet there's lots of room for improvement. For example, more open-ended hunts could give kids more autonomy and allow for personalization. Don't want to take a photo? Draw a picture instead. Don't like a particular task, or don't find it relevant? Delete it and make up your own. And provide more space for recording thoughts, and kids can get much more reflective than simply adding a word or two to complete a sentence. There's also a sense that this app is not particularly relevant for a wide audience: Not all kids have access to large art museums, and often it's only the most high-end restaurants that have items on their menu that are listed at "market price." All in all, these scripted scavenger hunts are appealing enough to at least check out to see if they're right for your family.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to complete the hunts. What do kids think about what they're being asked to find or think about? What are the steps they need to take to complete the task?  

  • Go on the hunts together or have each family member complete his or her own and compare what everyone came up with.

  • Create your own scavenger hunts offscreen. Come up with a list of things to look for or questions to answer, and have kids write, draw, take pictures, and more in their search to complete the tasks.

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