Splash and Bubbles

App review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Cute underwater journey a bit shallow, needs more supports.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids learn about living and nonliving things in oceans. They learn the nonscientific name of each item they collect and a basic fact about the item. Many of the facts are interesting, but supporting images that are not cartoons could help kids remember what they learn and make it more applicable to the real world. Kids may need more support around defining vocabulary, like "vertebrate."

Ease of Play

Moving through the habitats is simple enough, but going around obstacles like rocks and underwater volcanoes could be tricky for young kids. Collecting items is a snap. 

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Consumerism

Icon in the corner of the home screen advertises some of the developer's other apps and leads to a parent-gated page with access to the app store. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Splash and Bubbles is an exploration app based on the PBS KIDS TV show. Kids can explore four different ocean habitats with a playful fish as their guide. As they explore, kids can collect living and nonliving items from the habitat. They'll learn the name of the item and one basic fact about it. Kids can use the items they collect to build their own ocean habitat. The app is audio based, so no reading is required. Review the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

At the main screen of SPLASH AND BUBBLES, kids press play to begin. They can then select one of the four ocean habitats to explore: Kelp Forest, Reeftown Rock, Sunken Ship, or The Deep. Once they choose a habitat, kids move a fish narrator through the habitat. With items they find and collect, kids can build their own ocean habitat. Kids can look at the items they have collected at any time and listen to the facts about the item. They can also restart the game whenever they wish and begin collecting items from scratch.

Is it any good?

This interactive exploration tool is a kid-friendly introduction to ocean habitats and empowers kids to learn and discover at their own pace, but the learning opportunities could be better. There are plenty of living and nonliving items to collect in Splash and Bubbles, and kids will get small chunks of information about each item that are easy to digest. The app is definitely geared toward very young learners, so it's good that reading is not required. It would be great if there were some more realistic images and a more organized visual display of collected items for kids who want to dive a little deeper into content.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of the world's oceans. We get food, oxygen, and many other resources from our oceans. Does the Splash and Bubbles app teach you facts about the creatures that live there?

  • Talk about ways to protect our oceans. For example, trash often blows around and ends up in our oceans. It's important to reduce the amount of trash we produce and make sure that it does not end up as litter.

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