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What parents need to know
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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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Science: animals, ecosystems and the environment
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization
Self-Direction: academic development
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: September 14, 2017
- Category: Education
- Topics: Ocean Creatures, Science and Nature
- Size: 67.10 MB
- Publisher: PBS KIDS
- Version: 1.0.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
- Last updated: June 23, 2019
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