Many kids have free access to internet. As parents and educators, we all know there are many good educational content out there, however, there are also content that are not kids appropriate and we don’t want our children to see. A lot of app developers and educators are working hard to create safe environment for kids, and today’s app WonderBox is a wonderful example. It is a completely free app, where kids can find articles, visual, videos on educational topics like science, history, geography, art, and after learning all these topics, kids can create their own art or design their own product. All content is curated by educators, so are kids safe.
The target age of the content are kids from preschool to middle school, but younger or older kids can also benefit from the content.
To use the app, kids need sign up a free account. They need put in an email address, and if you prefer, you can put in parent’s email. While creating the account, kids can create an avatar for the account, which is always fun.
Once kids have their account, they can start using WonderBox. There are several ways to go through the content. All the navigation buttons are at the bottom of the screen.
WonderBox is the place kids can find suggested content based on their age. For us, I see a Climate Change Rap, a suggestion of summer challenge, a set of videos about flowers followed by an activity that kids create a greeting card with flowers, a suggestion of making kite, a set of videos about the famous painting Mona Lisa … There are about 20 sets of suggested videos and activities.
If kids are not interested in the suggested activities, they can browse the content on their own by choosing the video button at the bottom of the screen. Here they can find educational videos by subjects: Music, Science, Animals, World, Language, Drawing, Space, Sports, People, Dance and Drama, Imagination, Design, Riddles and Puzzles, Current Events. Within each subjects, there are sub-subjects. For example, under Animals, kids can find: Baby Animals, Pets, Reptiles, Amphibians, … Under Science, there are Experiments, How It’s Made, Human Body, Earth Science, Inventions, …
The content is amazing. I especially like how they are organized, making it easier to find the materials you want. It could be a great resource for teaching.
For any activities that require kids to create, they need “buy” some tools, like different stickers, using the in-app coins. Kids will receive enough coins to get them started once they sign up an account, and for every activity they do, they earn coins. They can also earn coins by sharing their creation with friends. There is no option of buying coins with real money, so there is no concern on kids spending money in this app.
All sharing between friends are through the ID code within the app, and the only way to know someone’s ID code is by asking them, so it is a pretty safe sharing environment.
WonderBox is available on iPhone, iPod and iPad. It is Free. The Android version is coming soon.
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