Traveling with Arthur - London city guide for kids

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Lovely London-themed info and games cute, light on learning.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn some fun tidbits about what makes London special. There's information about landmarks, culture, and rituals. The games also tap into memory, fine motor speed, attention to detail, and puzzle solving.

Ease of Play

Games are simple, but some don't have much how-to explanation. With no audio narration, kids need to be able to read instructions and information.

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A small icon on the main page takes kids to advertisements for apps from the same developer. A parent gate protects purchase.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Traveling with Arthur - London city guide for kids has six London-themed games for kids to explore. Each game touches on a different London icon (such as double-decker buses or the guards at Buckingham Palace) and some background information. There's no audio narration, so kids will need to be strong readers or play with someone who can read aloud to them. Parents can turn off the background music in the settings menu and can choose from six languages. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Arthur and his friend Mambo guide kids as they play mini-games to discover different aspects of London culture in TRAVELING WITH ARTHUR - LONDON CITY GUIDE FOR KIDS. For example, try to distract a palace guard, answer questions about the Underground, or create a typical English breakfast. Each time kids play, they can read a tidbit about a related London trademark. Finish all six games, and get a bonus Where's Waldo-type activity: Through a feature linked to iMessage, users can take a selfie, insert the image into a picture from the app, and share it.

Is it any good?

Short activities have a nice feel but are light on learning and aren't likely to hold kids' interest for long. Appealing graphics and kid-friendly language give kids a sense of life in London. Kids can learn about the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, the origin of the London Underground, or what's in a typical British breakfast. The activities that accompany these tidbits aren't particularly unique or interesting, though. Classics such as memory, spot the difference, and a multiple-choice quiz are joined by slightly more inspired games, like the one in which kids must build a path for an acorn to reach a squirrel. Yet none of the games will be challenging for kids to complete. Though some games have slightly different content each time kids open them, there's not much to keep them coming back. One neat feature is that there are multiple languages, which makes the app accessible to lots of families. Traveling with Arthur - London city guide for kids gives kids a superficial introduction to a few things uniquely London, but a bit more challenge and depth would add appeal.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the London facts covered in Traveling with Arthur - London city guide for kids. Read them together and help kids learn more if something piques their interest.

  • Encourage kids' interest in other cultures and locations worldwide. Discuss things that seem similar and different about landmarks, history, and how people live in cities around the country and around the world.

  • Help kids create some fun facts about their own hometown. They can pretend they're writing a visitor's guide for kids and point out interesting features and historical facts.

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For kids who love social studies and geography

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