Trash Chaos - Best Kids Recycling App
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Trash Chaos is a fun game where kids need to sort trash and recycle. Kids will join the Yogome Squad and fight the Evil Queen Ignorantia and her trash-making minions. After kids have cleaned up the world in each level, they can learn some fun tidbits about the environment and recycling. The facts aren't read aloud, so parents will want to play along with their younger kids to offer reading support. An iPad-only HD version is also available; it's $2.99 in the App Store.
What's it about?
In Trash Chaos, kids enter each level in a fighter craft. As the craft shoots off the enemy, kids have to sort the trash produced by the enemy into the correct bins. If they miss or incorrectly sort too many, they fail the mission and have to try again. The more accurate they are, the more points, stars, and badges they earn. Completing a level unlocks the next, and kids can always return to a specific level to earn higher marks. There's a lot of recycling to be done through the many levels of play.
Is it any good?
Trash Chaos is a fun way to talk to kids about recycling and the environment. The premise of the Yogome Squad and the Evil Queen is a great way to engage kids in the goal of cleaning up the worlds. There's a nice progression to the game where the pace quickens as you get to the higher levels, and with each world, they add a new material to recycle. A down side may be that while kids are doing the sorting, their fighter craft automatically shoots and destroys the enemies –- something kids would probably want to do themselves!
Adding the facts in between levels was a nice touch, but could use some improvements such as adding some interactive features, having the text read aloud, and even fixing some typos. Although it's clear that the focus is the game itself as kids can easily opt to skip the fact part, the facts are a good way to relate the game to everyday life.
Families can talk about...
Read through and elaborate on the facts presented in between the levels.
Help kids take part in recycling at home.
Talk about other ways to help the environment (for example, bringing a shopping reusable bag to the grocery).
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad|
|Skills:||Thinking & Reasoning: applying information|
|Release date:||May 24, 2012|
|Topics:||Science and nature|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 4.3 or later|