Oh Say Can You Seed?

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Cheerful Seuss-style story helps kids learn about plants.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about plants while practicing their reading skills. Topics like uses of plants, plant life cycles, plant parts, photosynthesis, and seed dispersal are presented with well-designed illustrations and labeled diagrams. Key words appear in bold throughout the story, and kids can tap to learn their meanings. Some topics like pollination and plant reproduction may be a bit confusing for some, but the story does a nice job of keeping these complex science concepts as basic as possible. Oh Say Can You Seed? is a good way to introduce kids to the world of plants while supporting early literacy.

Ease of Play

Navigation is easy and intuitive. 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Plant reproduction is discussed in a kid-friendly way. Fertilized and unfertilized eggs are referenced. 

Language
Consumerism

Links to buy more apps from the developer appear on some pages. Kids can access the links by swiping two fingers across the screen. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Oh Say Can You Seed? is an educational storybook app packed with information about plants. Kids can listen to the Cat in the Hat tell the story, or they can read the story themselves. The app supports early literacy and language development through highlighted narration, interactive illustrations, and a voice record option. Kids can learn plant-related vocabulary by tapping on words and pictures. Some concepts like pollination and male and female plant parts are advanced for young readers, but kids will enjoy the rhymes, sound effects, and basic animations that teach about plants. 

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What's it about?

Come along with the Cat in the Hat as he tells a fact-filled story about the world of plants. On the home screen, kids can choose from two reading options: Read to Me and Read It Myself. In the Read to Me option, the Cat in the Hat tells the story as words are highlighted. In both reading options, kids can tap bolded words to learn their definitions, and they can tap pictures to hear and see the pictures with labels. The voice record option lets users record their voices narrating the story, which adds a nice personal touch to the learning experience while supporting speech and language development.

Is it any good?

OH SAY CAN YOU SEED? is a delightful way for kids to learn about plants. Pages are easy to navigate and sound effects, rhyming, and tappable words and pictures make learning fun. Younger kids may find some of the content a bit confusing, especially the section about pollination. The app misses an opportunity to deepen the learning experience through review and assessment. But overall, kids who want to learn about plants will really dig this digital version of the Cat in the Hat Learning Library book.    

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Read together and discuss plant words and topics as they come up throughout the story.

  • Use a live flowering plant and have kids identify the different parts.

  • During a meal, ask kids to point out foods that came from plants.

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