Sid the Science Kid Read & Play doesn’t deviate from its name, it takes the best of book apps with the best of educational games and melds them into a fun and useful tool for preschoolers.
It comes with two books (three if you count the joke book) all with the option to have the book be read to child or your child read it. You can even record your own voice or your child’s to have the book read in. In the Trouble with Germs, Sid learns what germs are, why he can’t see them, and why washing his hands is so important. In What’s That Smell, Sid learns why he can smell his brother’s dirty diaper (and other not so gross things) from so far away.
The Sing Along section of the app includes video and words for the Sid the Science Kid theme song and Journey of a Germ. The Coloring Book section has just the BEST feature for toddlers…a no coloring outside the lines button. You can press it before you begin to draw (then go back and see how bad you really did) or after and see how everything outside the lines disappears. The Sticker Book comes with three scenes (a playground, school, and backyard) with lots of pictures to place. Spot the Difference has two scenes in which to pick five differences, each with an easy and hard setting. My favorite game however was the I Sense game. It helps kids review what they know about their senses by trying to identify objects based on how they look, smell, sound, and touch. It was an approach I hadn’t seen used in an app before and it was really enlightening and fun.
I think a great way to get little ones involved in keeping themselves healthy for the upcoming flu season would be to read the Trouble with Germs and sing along with them to Journey of a Germ. Both get across visually how easily germs can spread and yet how easily you can protect yourself. Also, if any of your preschoolers enjoy a bit of clean potty humor What’s that Smell is a book they’ll enjoy as much as my son. A giggle inducer indeed.
Sid the Science Kids Read and Play is available for iPhone, iPod and iPAD. It is $2.99 on App Store. There is an iPAD only version, which is $3.99 on App Store.
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Today’s app is reviewed by Celina, the NerdyBaker. Celina is a wife, a mother of three, a self-proclaimed nerd, lover of movies, science, and science fiction. She is always looking for fun and educational content for the iPad and iPods.