LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: The Magic School Bus: Oceans

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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This deep sea dive is teeming with fish and education.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about the types of animals that live in different parts of the ocean, their attributes, and food chains. Kids use clues and apply the information they have seen and heard throughout the game. By taking players on a field trip under the ocean with the wacky Ms. Frizzle, LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: The Magic School Bus: Oceans playfully challenges kids to learn about science.

Positive Messages

The kids in the game are enthusiastic about learning.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mrs. Frizzle is fun and silly, but still a responsible adult.

Ease of Play

The game is easy to navigate and uses a combination of the touch screen, the control pad, and the A & B buttons. A few of the games require knowledge that kids may not have and may not acquire until later on.

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The game is tied to popular books, which also have a television show and a variety of other products available.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: The Magic School Bus: Oceans invites kids to explore the ocean with Mrs. Frizzle and the other Magic School Bus characters. In one mini-game, kids must eat creatures that fall lower in the food chain. There is nothing graphic (smaller creatures just disappear), but some kids might find it upsetting.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byalisonbobs March 3, 2013

how do a 6 year old play and learn

its is good for little kids because they learn this way to play and some like to play a diffrent way like of 6 year old kids do

What's it about?

In LEAPFROG EXPLORER LEARNING GAME: THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS: OCEANS, Mrs. Frizzle's class is preparing for a parents' night. They must decorate the classroom with ocean facts. As expected, Mrs. Frizzle packs the kids into the Magic School Bus for a field trip to explore the ocean first-hand. Before taking off, kids design their own driver's license. Then they must fill up the fuel tank on the bus. They earn fuel by playing mini-games such as identifying marine creatures with certain features (a dorsal fin, eats other animals, has spots), acting out a food chain (chomping on animals lower in the food chain), and identifying a creature using just a flashlight in a dark space. When the bus has enough fuel, kids trace a series of shapes to help the bus navigate through the ocean. Kids will visit an intertidal pool, coral reef, continental shelf, open ocean, and deep ocean floor. At each location, they collect information about the four creatures present, including pictures, x-rays, information, and a close-up shot. In many cases, they need to use the clues to figure out which creature is the one to collect.

Is it any good?

LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: The Magic School Bus: Oceans has some great information to share with players about marine life and why a creature might have certain characteristics. Kids may find they are employing a lot of trial and error to complete tasks as information isn't always presented before it appears in a game. Kids will also need to play a lot of mini-games to save up enough fuel to move between locations. LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: The Magic School Bus: Oceans is best for kids who already have an interest in marine life. It's a great way to learn more about the ocean and build on pre-existing knowledge.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about field trips. How are Magic School Bus field trips different from regular school trips?

  • Families can also talk about how video games make learning fun.

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