A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to make inferences and answer abstract questions with this learning tool for elementary-age kids and kids with special needs. The options for difficulty level, question type, and types of reinforcement (audio, text, and color) make this very customizable for kids with various learning styles and challenges. This flexible tool can can also serve to help kids develop communication skills such as asking questions, communicating effectively, and speaking. Question Builder supports kids in learning key developmental skills and can be a useful resource for parents and teachers.
Ease of Play
An info section has full explanations of the app for parents. The app is designed for adult-guided use and opens directly to the settings menu, where adults can customize the learning experience for individual kids. The play mode is very simple, but kids will need strong reading skills or an adult nearby to select from the text-only answers to each question.
Violence & Scariness
A few of the pictures involve very mild violence, such as one fish eating another.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few of the animations that follow correct answers are just a touch crass, such as a donkey shaking its butt while shouting "Oh, yeah!"
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Products & Purchases
Parents can provide an email address to join the Parent Center and receive information about the app and other family activities, including age-targeted apps. There are also links to purchase other apps. A simple math problem tests whether users are parents before taking them to the store.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Question Builder is a highly customizable app that asks kids to answer questions based on pictures. Parents or teachers can select the question type and the difficulty level -- low difficulty questions refer directly to the pictures, while high difficulty questions require abstract reasoning and strong use of context clues. Kids need relatively strong reading skills to answer the questions. Correct answers are reinforced with verbal praise and animations; some of the animations might startle younger kids. Parents or teachers can create multiple profiles for numerous users.
Is It Any Good?
This is an excellent app for its stated purpose: to help kids learn to answer questions. The multiple difficulty levels make it very customizable for different ages, and the use of color, audio, and verbal reinforcement helps reach kids with different learning styles. While the animations can sometimes be a bit garish, kids will find them delightful. Unlike StoryBuilder, the stats from this app cannot be shared -- which limits it somewhat, but also means it's safer for kids. (This app also has more diversity in its cartoon characters than StoryBuilder!) At the higher difficulty levels, kids may need adults to understand why their answer is correct, because some answers require a lot of abstract inference.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.