What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that State Bingo and Road Trip US is a trivia and states identification practice app. It includes two games: bingo and a trivia road trip. In bingo, kids answer questions that are written across the top of the screen ("My capital city is Trenton. Who am I?") by tapping on the correct state shape card on a bingo board to get four in a row. For the road trip game, kids drive a smiley car along a pre-chosen path -- eastbound, westbound, or some famous historic U.S. trails -- as they answer trivia questions. When a kid finishes a game, the app sends a state to statehood as a progress reward. Lots of good quiz data provided, too.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- academic development
Engagement, Approach, Support
Colorful maps, quick bingo games, and a cute little car on road trips throughout America combine to make State Bingo and Road Trip US an engaging states identification practice and U.S. trivia app.
Kids apply prior knowledge when playing the bingo and road trip games. It's more about recalling and mastering facts than learning them.
Three levels help kids choose the right game difficulty for their knowledge base. The app reminds kids that they can get hints from the map. Good data (score, hits, misses, hit percent, and total number of states sent to statehood).
What's it about?
Kids choose a game, then tap a level. In bingo, kids read the trivia question and then tap the correct state shape card on the bingo board. Get four in a row, and bingo! In the road trip game, kids choose a trail then tap on a highlighted state to see a question and three multiple-choice answers. Incorrect answers get flat tires, correct answers cause points of interest in that state to appear on the map and the car to travel to another state along the way to its destination with more questions.
Is it any good?
State Bingo and Road Trip US is a fun way to test kids' knowledge of state trivia. In the road trip game, the creative use of important historic trails -- the Lewis and Clark Trail (Illinois to Oregon), Oregon Trail (Missouri to Oregon), and Pony Express (Missouri to California) -- puts into context how people move from state to state and how states are interconnected, yet unique.
The only potential downside of State Bingo and Road Trip US is that it assumes all kids playing it already have quite a bit of knowledge of states and can read names of places (some that are quite difficult) without getting stuck. It would be nice to have verbal questions as an option, as well as a pre-game, tour of the beautifully illustrated map that guides kids through some of the trivia and basic state facts verbally before moving kids into the games. For now, the beautiful map can provide some hints for kids who don't already know a lot of trivia about the U.S. states.
Families can talk about...
If your kid's U.S. geography skills are still minimal, play this game together, reading the questions and pronouncing the names correctly as you go along.
Explore more about these trails, such as the Oregon Trail, with your kid. When did people travel them, how, and why?