Wild Kratts Creature Power
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wild Kratts Creature Power teaches kids cool facts about bees, raccoons, and elephants in first-player games inspired by the PBS Kids show Wild Kratts. The app's description tags the target player as 6 to 8 years old, but the games are easily mastered and may be more suited to 4- and 5-year-olds. Kids can take their picture using the device's camera and put their own image into a creature power suit, just like the Kratt brothers wear. The photos are saved to the camera roll, but there are no in-app sharing options.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- thinking critically
Engagement, Approach, Support
The Kratt brothers' enthusiasm for animals is contagious. Fans of the show, especially, will love donning the creature power suit.
Through hands-on activities, kids will learn how bees pollinate flowers, what omnivore raccoons eat, and how elephants take care of themselves. Since kids are engaged, they're more likely to remember and transfer their new knowledge by making connections to other living things.
A short tutorial walks through how to play each game, and kids can replay it for reminders. All the instructions are delivered verbally, and no reading is required.
What's it about?
WILD KRATTS CREATURE POWER puts kids in the creature power suit of a bee, a raccoon, and an elephant. In the Bee Game, kids become bees and fly through blooming flowers, pollinating matching flowers. In the Raccoon Game, they help a mama raccoon collect the right foods -- berries, nuts, worms, frogs, and fish -- to bring to her babies. In the Elephant Game, they help elephants deal with their habitats by using mud for sunscreen, water for baths, and dust for bug repellant. Kids earn stickers and can put their own picture in a creature power suit as rewards.
Is it any good?
Wild Kratts Creature Power makes learning about animals fun by giving kids a hands-on experience. Rather than just telling kids that elephants use mud as sunscreen and dust to repel bugs, kids get to actually put the mud and dust onto the elephants. A short tutorial demonstrates each game before kids play the first time, and it can be replayed if necessary. Putting themselves into a creature power suit is a cool reward that kids unlock after playing a level of each game, but lining their face up in the camera is tricky. The show's target audience is 6 to 8 year olds, but the games won't challenge kids that age for more than a few plays, so this may be better suited to younger Kratts fans.
Families can talk about...
Go on a hike to observe creatures. Identify foods that omnivores like the raccoon would eat.
Talk about the importance of bees in the ecosystem. Bee stings may hurt, but we need bees so we have food.