By Dana Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Memorable games, photos foster understanding of life cycle.
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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn basic information about the life cycle of plants, as well as other trivia and facts on science topics related to plants, such as bees. Plants HD is designed in a way that highlights the part-whole relationships that make up the life cycle of plants and explains why plants are so important to the natural world and to human life. Overall effectiveness, stickiness, and fun could be vastly improved by adding some extension activities, such as instructions for offline activities like planting seeds or plant identification. Still, Plants HD is an informative and kid-friendly primer on plant science.
Ease of Play
Very easy to use, although the large "Play" button in the middle of the home screen may be mistaken for the only option on that screen when, in fact, to go to any of the other topic areas, kids must tap on the icons surrounding the Play tab.
Products & Purchases
There's a small mention of the developer on the info page.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Plants HD is a solid, effective educational app for kids who need to learn about the life cycle of plants. This app isn't likely going to earn big fun points or be played time and again by most kids, unless a kid has a keen interest in plants. But as a learning tool, it's likely to grow a kid's knowledge of plants. The photos, graphics, interactive quizzes and games, as well as narrated, solidly scientific information is a vast improvement over drier, textbook-style resources on the topic.
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Based on 1 parent review
Keep the kids entertained for quite some time!
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What’s It About?
In Plants HD, kids tap on the icons ("plants and trees," "flowers," "germination," "pollination," "fruits," "seeds," "dispersal") and then learn about that subject through reading or looking at images related to the topic chosen. Fun facts ("It takes 50 leaves to create enough energy to make an apple.") help kids retain concepts, which they are later tested on in three levels of quizzes. Music can be turned off or on, and there's a "read along" option for beginning readers.
Is It Any Good?
The life cycle of plants comes to life on PLANTS HD in a way that is likely to make a more memorable impression on most kids learning about this topic than more traditional resources. The game in which kids have to place images of the cycle in order is particularly helpful, and the photos with fun facts are pretty and interesting. Kids can earn coins by answering questions correctly, and the quizzes are challenging but not frustratingly so. Kids don't need to be a botanist to enjoy this app, nor will they be one after finishing playing it. But what they're likely to get from this app is a better understanding of the plant life cycle, appreciation for the beauty of plants, and some fun facts to impress you with the next time you're in the park or garden exploring nature together.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Plants HD is text-heavy, so if your kid is still a growing reader, you may want to consider reading the information to him or her, or turning on the read-along option.
Get some seeds and help your child plant, water, and grow a plant.
- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Science: life cycle, plants
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: February 4, 2012
- Category: Education
- Topics: Science and Nature
- Publisher: Sprout Labs
- Version: 2.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
- Last updated: August 19, 2016
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