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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about space travel and the solar system. Through audio, text, and activities, kids learn a bit about what it's like to be an astronaut and travel through space. Kids can see the names of different parts of a rocket and spacecraft, learn about living without gravity, and find out what happens on a space station. A short overview of the solar system and each of its eight planets introduces kids to ideas of orbit, distance in space, and more. There's plenty in This is My Spacecraft - Rocket Science for Kids to give a good sense of how we explore space and inspire kids to learn more about what's out there.
Ease of Play
Navigation is easy, though some activities work better than others.
Products & Purchases
The Info menu advertises other apps from the same developer; a parent gate using simple multiplication blocks purchases.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This self-guided space-exploration adventure has a good variety of information and some cool ways to interact. Especially for kids who are intrigued by everything space-related, it's a fun way to feel involved. Recording your own countdown to blast off or taking a picture of a friend to bring with you on your journey are some highlights. Though there's a decent mix of activities and ways to learn, much of the text is not entirely kid-friendly. For instance, there are often big words that aren't explained fully (such as "prevail" and "propulsion"). Also, the coverage tends to be on the lightly superficial side -- nothing delves too deeply into any particular topic. In terms of interactivity, one screen invites kids to put the astronaut in bed, but it's not clear how to get the pajamas on or unzip the sleeping bag. Yet, overall, there are enough fun ways to interact that kids should easily find it satisfying. And if parents help out with the text, kids will get even more out of their experience.
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