Parents' Guide to

Playing for a Better World

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Games and mini-lessons on health, animals, eco-issues.

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If you're looking for an app to help your young kid learn about environmental issues without getting overwhelmed by dire facts, this may be a good choice. Playing for a Better World keeps the messages short and simple and focuses mostly on the arcade-style games. For example, in "Healthy Crush" (similar to Candy Crush), players learn about food groups. In Release the Chickens, players "Help Mr. Ecology to free the chickens from the cage factory." The message appears: "Birds need space to have a full and healthy life. In cages this is not possible." As kids play a game releasing chickens from a factory, bombs go off if they don't jump high enough, which may not appeal to every parent -- or kid. It would be nice if there were some extension activities that could take what kids learn offscreen and practice making an impact on the issues raised in the app. Ultimately, kids aren't going to learn any in-depth environmental lessons on Playing for a Better World, but they can get an idea of what's important and learn some related vocabulary as they have fun playing games.

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