Sunday, April 14, 2013
Bugs and Buttons (best educational Android apps for kids)
The best kids app EVER for the iPad and iPhone (well, maybe a few tied it) is available for Android! Trust me. Buy it for $2.99. I've tested thousands and thousands of apps and they don't get any better than this one.
We gave it the full five stars at smartappsforkids.com, saying "It's an app masterpiece. It will change your expectations of what you can get in an app." Just take a look at the categories list to see how many topics it covers in excellent fashion."
"One of the great things about testing so many apps is that you're able to appreciate when one is really that much better than what else is out there. You try this app and that app and then bang! It's like a light goes on, and there's a bell (ding!), and you realize that you've really found something.
Bugs and Buttons is one of those apps.
First, the gameplay: The aforementioned 18 mini-games include work with letters, numbers, colors, patterns, sorting, and matching. For special needs parent/teachers, Bugs and Buttons has several games that are dragging and dropping, pinching and hand-eye coordination.
The games are all extremely well-done and, since there are so many of them, there are sure to be several that a child will really enjoy or will serve a desired educational purpose. My kids favorites are roach (drag) racing, where the player taps as fast as they can on alternating buttons, butterfly valley, a tilt-to-steer navigation game (through dandelions!) and bug-mazing, where the child draws a line that the insect follows to get through a maze.
Second, visuals: I haven't been this impressed with graphics since I tested Three Little Pigs by Nosy Crow and these are really sharper, more colorful and in many ways more impressive. (High praise indeed.) As soon as you start it up, the app just jumps out at you.
Gameplay, graphics and, perhaps the best part, music! Bugs and Buttons has more than 45 minutes (!) of terrific music and remarkable sound effects, from bees yelling "yippeee" to tarantulas complaining when they are picked up.
The interface is smooth and easy, and there are visual instructions for each game. Lily is four and picked everything up easily. There are 44 bug stamps a child can earn for certain achievements and, remarkably, the gameplay adapts to the level of the player. I played Bees-Eye (fling bees at flowers) for a few minutes, and it started to become a bit of a challenge for me.
I could go on, but I'm sure you get the idea. I like to complain about at least a few things when I review an app so that people know I'm being honest and straight with them. What can I complain about here? That there aren't 19 games in the app? That they aren't real insects?
Bugs and Buttons is an absolute must-download."
Originally posted at Smart Apps For Kids
Make fun more educational! Bugs and Buttons is a uniquely styled collection of games and activities that are entertaining and educational.
The app goes beyond simply great graphics and beautiful music by engaging children through intriguing game play that progressively adapts to their skill level. Designed to be self paced, each activity offers simple visual instructions. Offering two play modes, children can choose to be automatically guided or explore and play.
• 18 games and activities
• 45+ minutes of fun, quirky, and beautiful music
• 40+ achievement stamps to earn or find
• Adaptive play provides challenge with less frustration
• Advanced multi-touch interactions
• Visual instructions that display and hide automatically
• Fling bees at a target flower.
• Fly a butterfly through butterfly valley (tilt to steer).
• Play tic-tac-toe with a dragonfly.
• Sort and pack buttons fresh off the factory conveyer belt.
• Race roaches across the finish grate/line.
• Remove and sort bugs infesting the button production.
• Catch bugs frantically scurrying about.
• Pick apples while dodging bees.
• Catch buttons falling off Uncle Bob's button truck.
• Help bugs find their way through mazes.
• Finish sequences on the letter train.
• Interactively count bugs.
• Catch colorful fireflies in a jar.
• and more…
• Fine motor skills (i.e. pinching)
• Path finding
• and more...
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Be sure to check out our other hide-and-seek apps!
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