Parents' Guide to

Redwood AR

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

AR math adventures are fun but missing important features.

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Fun augmented reality activities do a nice job of sneaking in math concepts, but the overall experience has some rough edges to smooth out. Seeing those 3D images appear all around is certainly cool, and will likely engage and excite kids. Though Redwood AR's graphics look great, they're missing some controls, like the ability to resize them to fit your space better. The quests include a mix of questions about animals, nature, and different math concepts, which brings nice variety but also makes it hard to place in terms of age. For example, in a single quest, kids may get questions about identifying a color, counting by twos, and doing multiplication with large numbers. There's also no feedback or way for kids to learn from mistakes. The patterns game nicely uses AR to encourage 3D spatial awareness, but isn't explained very well and it may take kids a while to figure out exactly what they're supposed to do. Overall, Redwood AR has potential to inspire some kids to explore math in a new way, but could use some improvements to truly shine.

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