Today we have another new reviewer, Elizabeth Wolf. She has been following iGameMom for a long time, and she blogs at LeMaisonLoup.com about her travel experience with kids. It is a very interesting blog to read with a lot picture. Now let’s see what Elizabeth is sharing with us today.
The Kratt brothers are a wild pair who travel the globe to explore animal habitats on PBS Kids. They teach children all about different animals, where they live and what kind of food sources they need to survive. In some segments they are two, real live human brothers and in others they are animated. Either way they are outrageously energetic and able to keep my 3 year old’s attention. In fact, he’s been known to jump up and down with excitement while he watches the brothers explore.
The Wild Kratts’ Creature Math App for iPad is a fully animated experience with the Kratt brothers and it is just as engaging and energetic as its episodic counterpart. Staying true to the Wild Kratts brand name, the app still focuses on teaching kids about wild animals, and math is a must step when kids build their creature habitats.
Your child picks a color and is taken to an empty landscape with a field, a pond and some cliffs (there are four different colors for four different children to have their own landscapes). The child’s job is to touch a spot anywhere on the landscape and see what type of animal could build a home on that spot. There are up to 8 different animals ranging from butterflies to wolves.
Once you choose an animal (for example, we wanted to place a frog in the pond) you have to answer an arithmetic question correctly in order to create the habitat. The math questions are simple addition and subtraction which progress in difficulty according to your child’s competency, but never add up to more than the number 20. Once you complete the math question correctly, you are able to place your habitat.
You’ll see an emoticon just above your animal’s head (our frog’s emoticon was red and sad) indicating whether or not it needs food. When you touch the landscape near your habitat it will offer a few suggestions about which kind of food your animal pal might like to eat. We placed flies in the water after we answered another math question and suddenly our little frog’s emoticon was happy and green. The same ideas repeat for all the different animals you place on your landscape.
To keep it interesting, to keep more math problems coming, things in the habitat change which could cause your animal’s emoticons to become red and sad again. They eat all their food, maybe a storm comes and knocks out the acorn tree for your pet squirrel, or maybe a crazy little chef runs by and steals the thistle for his new soup recipe leaving your poor moose bereft.
Whatever the challenge might be it will take more math problems to replenish food supplies for your animal pals. Your child practices more math, learns about more food sources AND continues to gain an understanding of responsibility. For some positive reinforcement, there are also badges to be earned. Keep your pals fed and loved (you can pet them and feed them), clean up the environment after storms pass through and everyone will be happy. And of course as you go the Kratt brothers will pop up with all their usual enthusiasm to toss out some fun and fabulous facts about your pals.
The only thing I have to say about this app is it is a little difficult to figure out. The directions on how to play are not entirely clear so it took us a little trial and error. It’s advanced for my 3 year old (rated 4 plus), but when we did it together it introduced a whole new world of concepts for us to talk about. It’s also very addicting. In fact, I would sometimes sneak over myself to feed our little raccoon some berries in the middle of the night! Don’t tell anyone.
Wild Kratts Creature Math is available for iPAD only. It is $1.99 on App Store.
If you would like to check it out or purchase it, please use the App Store link provided below. The cost is the same to you, but iGameMom gets a small percentage. Thanks for your support! Note: The link works for all countries.
iGameMom has a copy of Wild Kratts Creature Math to giveaway, thanks PBS Kids.
To win the app, please leave a comment at this post, telling us what is your child’s favorite wild animal. All entries entered by midnight Mar.8 are eligible to win.
The winner will be randomly picked and announced here at this post on Mar.9.
The winner is Tracey. Congrats!