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What 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'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.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: vocabulary
Science: animals, ecosystems
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, deduction, thinking critically
- Price: $1.99-$2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: April 4, 2014
- Category: Education
- Topics: Science and nature, Wild animals
- Size: 94.20 MB
- Publisher: PBS KIDS
- Version: 2.46
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
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