Science Fun to Go
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Science Fun to Go is a free science app by Seymour Simon, a children's science book author. Much of the content here is cross-posted from his website SeymourSimon.com. There's a blog, jokes and riddles, and a "Fact or Fiction" quiz. You can purchase books through this app, but if you're on an Android device you'll have to log in to your Facebook account first, and then pay through Paypal. On iDevices the books are bought through an in-app purchase.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- global awareness
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- part-whole relationships
Engagement, Approach, Support
Fairly engaging, but it could be moreso with some updates in graphics, some real interactivity, and more content suited to an older elementary school-age audience.
A science blog by science kids' book author Seymour Simon that kids can read is the main focus here, plus jokes, riddles, quizzes, and Simon's book sales.
It's easy to navigate around the few features, but kids need to be able to read independently or have info read to them by an adult. Purchasing Simon's books (as the app hopes you will) would extend the app's learning.
What's it about?
Choose between the blog, jokes, bookstore, my books, videos, and "fact or fiction" categories, all listed at the bottom of the app's main screen. The blogs are updated with much more regularity than any other part of Science Fun to Go. There's a lot of content here, but not a lot of interactivity, and sometimes the videos and tap buttons are glitchy, so this app may take some patience. Otherwise, it's easy to navigate and presents a wide variety of science topics for kids to explore.
Is it any good?
SCIENCE FUN TO GO contains solid, interesting science information, although it's hard to discern what age group it's really targeting. For the most part, kids need to be independent readers to utilize most of this site. But a lot of the science information, jokes and riddles, and books the site is selling seem geared toward younger grade school-age kids who may or may not be able to read the large amounts of text here easily. A lot of the material here can also be found on Mr. Simon's website. Some videos on the app were glitchy and wouldn't play on our Android device during our review, and the process to purchase books on an Android device was somewhat clunky.
Families can talk about...
If your kid can't read well yet but is interested in science or a certain topic on the blog, read it to or with them.
Many kids love to tell jokes, so be sure to laugh along if your kid tells you some animal jokes they've read on this app.