State Bingo and Road Trip US

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Two fun games test kids' knowledge of the 50 states.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to recall the shapes of states, their capital cities, and facts and trivia such as landmarks, landforms, state parks, topography, natural resources, and more. State Bingo and Road Trip US also helps kids learn about the routes of some historic U.S. trails, and that travel between states is an integral part of American life, just as is knowing about not just your own state but all others. State Bingo and Road Trip US takes two very basic concepts for games and presents them in dynamic ways to excite kids about U.S. states and geography.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play. The bingo and road trip games are clearly marked as two separate options. Kids can choose easy, medium, or hard levels. No audio instruction option, so kids or an adult need to read the questions. If you need a hint, you can pull up a map with lots of information to find.

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What 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.

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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.

Talk to your kids 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?

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Social Studies: geography, history
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development
    Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
  • Price: $2.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: January 3, 2013
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 92.40 MB
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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