Solar Family Planets Stars Games Solar System Kids

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Cute characters and planet facts not out of this world.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about the planets and sun in our solar system through mini-games, including arcade-style games, a spelling game to practice spelling the name of each planet, and a Q&A planets trivia game. Playing cards that kids earn by completing the games helps kids learn even more facts about the planets (many young kids may need parent help to read these cards).

Ease of Play

Very easy to play. Just tap on the story to listen, tap the screen's corner to turn the pages, or tap one of three game icons on each planet to play. As kids complete each planet's games, the corresponding stars fill and constellations connect, which cues kids to move on to another planet's games.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Solar Family Planets Stars Games Solar System Kids is an educational story and games app for young kids. Kids can learn the names of the planets and very basic facts about the solar system. The animated, narrated short story gives kids an introduction to how the sun and the planets form a solar system. Each planet includes an arcade-style game just for fun, a spelling game, and a multiple-choice trivia game. As they complete the mini-games, kids collect playing cards with more planet facts. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Tap Play Story on the SOLAR FAMILY PLANETS STARS GAMES SOLAR SYSTEM KIDS app's main screen. Tap the corner of the screen to turn the book's page. Listen as the sun and each planet explain their role in the solar system. When kids tap on a planet, they can play games and learn information about that planet. Games include arcade-style games, spelling games, and multiple-choice Q&A games. The more games you play, the more "constellations" you can collect around each planet, and you can earn game cards with solar system facts, too.

Is it any good?

There's a lot of cuteness and some basic facts in this early education app, but parents might not be over the moon. For $4.99, it seems like there should be more to learn and do on Solar Family Planets Stars Games Solar System Kids. Still, this app is a colorful, interactive way for preschool- and kindergarten-age kids to learn the basics about the solar system. Within a couple stories, there also are embedded messages about inclusion, such as when Halley's Comet wants to play and some of the planets aren't keen at first. However, the mix of science learning with social-emotional lessons doesn't work all that well here, since so much of the information is fact-based. Overall, it may be a good starting point to launch into the topic of planets, but kids may need parent involvement to really bring the lessons home.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characteristics of each planet as kids use Solar Family Planets Stars Games Solar System Kids. Even young kids are often interested in the names, colors, and other basic characteristics of the planets.

  • Visit websites such as NASA's Space Place and Space.com with your kid to find out more details about and view real images of the planets.

  • Encourage your kid to write their own story about the planets.

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