Planet Geo - geography games for kids & teenagers
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Planet Geo - geography games for kids & teenagers combines challenging games -- including 17 countries, dozens of cities, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites -- in a global learning experience. Kids will find traditional map puzzles (fit the countries into the continents), as well as city and world heritage site locator games. The colorful maps, as well as the written information about these sites, and the cool photos enliven the geography games. There's also a Geo Book that kids can view to learn detailed information about countries, including their population, capital city, and a national song. This app grabs kids' attention by turning names and locations into places where real, interesting things have happened throughout history. With eight languages options, Planet Geo can also be a good geography app choice for multilingual kids.
What kids can learn
- global awareness
- cultural understanding
Thinking & Reasoning
- thinking critically
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Colorful maps, written information about UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the cool photos that accompany them enliven the basic geography games.
A variety of activity types give kids multiple ways to enter the content. However, much of the content focuses on basic facts without delving very deeply.
Flags and stars provide feedback, but the feedback doesn't always make sense (a thumbs-up regardless of accuracy, for example). Voice instructions would be a good addition for younger users.
What's it about?
Choose a country or continent game, or city and World Heritage Site locator games. For puzzles, choose difficult or easy then start to fill in the map. For example, choose South America, and the app will tell kids which country piece to drag into the lined puzzle in the easy level or no lines in difficult. In the locator games, kids tap on a continent and guess where the requested city or historic site is located and learn a bit of info about it, too. A flag then appears in the correct spot.
Is it any good?
Especially for kids who want a real geography challenge, PLANET GEO - GEOGRAPHY GAMES FOR KIDS & TEENAGERS features puzzles, locator games, and more from easy to really difficult. (Can you identify all of the states...in Brazil?) Made by a developer in Spain and available in eight languages, this is a world geography app for a global audience of kid players. It takes the typical geography app and pumps up the knowledge and difficulty level to new heights, especially with the addition of fascinating World Heritage Sites. Yet the easy mode keeps Planet Geo accessible for world geography novices, although maybe not as young as the developer's 6 and up recommended age range, since audio cues aren't available in every game. Planet Geo offers good geography practice, from easy to very difficult.
Families can talk about...
Apps are a great way to explore geography, but also consider keeping maps and globes handy for kids, and refer to them when locations come up in day-to-day conversations.
Learn more about the very interesting UNESCO World Heritage Sites with your kids. Ask your kid which ones they'd like to visit most and why.