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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
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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?
Talk to Your Kids 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."
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, vocabulary, Math: measurement
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, logic, Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: February 7, 2014
- Category: Education
- Topics: Wild Animals
- Publisher: Shiny Things
- Version: 1.0.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
- Last updated: August 16, 2016
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