State Bingo and Road Trip US

 

Learning(i)

Two fun games test kids' knowledge of the 50 states.

What parents need to know

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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The app neither requires nor collects personally identifiable information. The developer's Privacy Policy can be found here.

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

Subjects

Social Studies

  • geography
  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

Kids apply prior knowledge when playing the bingo and road trip games. It's more about recalling and mastering facts than learning them.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • geography
  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • academic development

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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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?

QUALITY
 

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?

App details

Device:iPad
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

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Written byAnonymous July 15, 2013
age 8+
 

I sure recommend this one!

really good game to play as a whole family!
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