A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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'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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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.
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