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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Super Animal Genius invites kids to learn more about wildlife around the world through quizzes, activities, and mini-games. Many of the games require logic along with a bit of trial and error. For example, kids are asked to put animals in order by weight without being given the exact weight. The quizzes ask yes-or-no questions children may not know the answers to (they often have a chance to answer the same questions again). Kids who are easily frustrated by making mistakes may struggle with the idea of learning through trial and error. Others might be spurred on by the challenge and by the chance to "win" animals by completing a set of activities.
What's it about?
As kids begin LEAPFROG EXPLORER LEARNING GAME: SUPER ANIMAL GENIUS, they are asked to choose from one of eight regions on a world map. Each region has one or more habitats, each containing its own set of animals. Kids can \"win\" each animal by completing seven activities designed to teach them about the animals' habitats, attributes, place in the food chain, and more. They may be asked to unscramble a picture, match adult animals to their babies, \"tag\" animals who fit into a certain group (for example, birds and predators), or compare two animals. The final activity in each section is a timed yes-or-no quiz about the animal in question. If they complete the quiz, they win the animal and possibly unlock others. Kids can move freely among the regions.
Is it any good?
LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Super Animal Genius contains a lot of zoological information. Kids who love learning about fauna will find plenty to sink their teeth into and may even surprise adults with the information they pick up. Did you know that lions are strong swimmers? The learning is primarily by trial-and-error, which works for some kids and not others (especially not for those who prefer to study before being quizzed). The game could benefit from information cards or a built-in encyclopedia for kids who want to read up on everything first or who want to find information later. On the other hand, the trial-and-error approach encourages kids to think critically and to use the information they do have to make choices. Overall, it's fun and interesting and has a strong mix of activities to keep it engaging.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: LeapFrog games
- Subjects: Science: animals, ecosystems
Social Studies: geography
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: deduction, memorization, thinking critically
- Price: $24.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: LeapFrog
- Release date: January 15, 2013
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Wild Animals
- ESRB rating: NR
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