WhyKids Poo

Common Sense Media says

Learn science and health along with bathroom humor.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Interaction with the app is straightforward and clear with all quiz questions related to the concepts taught on the cards.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Slang words, such as "poo," "fart," and "pee," are used.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that WhyKids Poo is an educational app that teaches kids about science and health issues related to human and animal digestive systems. Based on a popular science cartoon book series, kids will enjoy the silly and positive take on a topic not often discussed, however, since the app uses bathroom humor including fart noises, parents may see an increase in this kind of humor with their kids. Poopy, the main character (who's seen sitting on a toilet and looks like his name) teaches a girl and boy how their digestive system works and why it works the way it does. Interesting facts about animal digestion are also included, as are some urinary tract facts. The game is divided into two basic areas, Card and Quiz, but kids can also collect virtual trading cards. Kids can see their trading cards at any time by tapping the Bookcase option.

 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • biology

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

A fun and playful look at human and animal waste, based on a popular science-themed cartoon book series. Kids will enjoy the silly and positive take on a topic not often discussed. Get ready for the potty humor!

Learning Approach

Includes surprisingly fascinating information, and real-world applications abound. For example, eating more vegetables can "make your poo softer and prettier." Content pushes the shock factor -- like the farting contest activity.

Support

Interaction with the app is straightforward and clear, but the Android version freezes up often and has garbled audio in places.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • biology

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Kids can learn about a natural, but sometimes mysterious, topic: poop. WhyKids Poo is an hilariously cute, yet educational way to teach kids about an inevitable and sometimes embarrassing bodily function. Several different subtopics help teach kids how to take care of their bodies. It even gets into animal poop -- like how a skunk farts to protect itself and how farting can affect global warming. Who knew? The quiz section could be improved, but it still gives kids a chance to test their knowledge. Although the topic of poo is presented in a silly way -- sound effects and all -- there’s actually good health info here.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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Kids say

What's it about?

In WHYKIDS POO, kids go through subtopics like Poop'n Flowers to watch a cute demonstration with a very kid-friendly explanation. Then they do a related interactivity, often mirroring what they just saw. In Poop'n Flowers, for example, kids tap the screen to break up a clump of poop until it's absorbed into the dirt. Finishing one subtopic unlocks the next. There's also a quiz section with some multiple-choice questions. Getting them right earns medals for the bookshelf.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

WhyKids Poo is a fun and playful look at human and animal waste. Kids will work their way through two basic areas: Card and Quiz. Each card in the Card section teaches one fact and the science behind it through an interactive video. Only two cards are available to begin, but once those are seen, new ones are unlocked. The Quiz section tests kids on what they've learned in the Card section. After three quizzes are successfully completed, a virtual trading card is unlocked. There are a few very minor translation errors, but they don't interfere with game play. The words used for bodily functions are all slang, which may not correspond to terms families choose to use. A limited number of questions are included in the Quiz section, so they're repeated frequently.

Families can talk about...

  • Take this opportunity to talk about other bodily functions and how kids can take good care of their bodies.

  • Visit a zoo and talk about the animals in the app. You're sure to have an opportunity to observe poop.

  • While this app can be humorous and silly, make sure kids pay attention to content too.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPad, Android
Price:Free - $3.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:May 7, 2013
Category:Education
Size:394.00 MB
Publisher:KTH
Version:1.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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