What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Shiny Circus uses a circus-themed story and interactive activities to teach kids measurement concepts. Kids can choose story mode, where they'll hear and read the story of Charlie, Alice, and Ralph's visit to the circus along with interactive activities throughout the story, or they can go directly to game mode and choose which of the activities to play. Every aspect of the app is designed with young learners in mind, and the parent section includes ideas and resources for parents.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
Health & Fitness
- fine motor skills
Engagement, Approach, Support
The interactive story and learning games engage kids by involving them. The silly characters and circus setting are fun, and the design is totally kid-friendly.
The measurement-related vocab will transfer well into kids' vocabulary and their understanding of measurement since they're seeing it used in the context of the story and practicing it in the mini-games. Kids are empowered to get into the story themselves.
The parent section is rich with information, including standards alignment, how and what kids are learning, and ideas to get involved with kids in the app and their learning.
What's it about?
Charlie, Alice, and Ralph (the monkey, zebra, and giraffe featured in all the Shiny Things apps) go to the circus in the interactive story that teaches kids measurement concepts like different, biggest, longest, etc. Charlie gets pulled in to the rings, and kids get to play along as Charlie completes circus feats. They'll dress the clowns, choosing the clothing based on the directions given. They'll help Charlie jump along steps as they size and order steps from shortest to tallest or from tallest to shortest. They'll work on the concepts of near and far as well as trajectory when they shoot Charlie from a slingshot, and they'll work on estimation and balance by helping Charlie balance on the unicycle. Each page of the book has some interactive elements. Kids can choose story mode to hear the whole story read and work through the activities in order, or they can choose game mode to go directly to the games they want to play.
Is it any good?
Families can talk about...
Check out the "ideas" tab in the parent section for suggestions on ways to talk to your kid about measurement and their play.
Use informal measurements and talk about what you're doing with your kid. For example, "I need a piece of tape that is three finger-widths long."