Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Fresh Pick (best free Android apps for kids)
Another great PBS Kids app, Fresh Pick is a fantastically presented, highly engaging educational app for older kids. Three profiles can be created in the game, which should stop the squabbles, but perhaps increase the competition between your kids to better each others' high scores. There are eight challenges in all with nine levels to achieve in each challenge. The challenges each tackle a different skill, and include the following: grid mapping (using arrows to direct a character to a goal) , maths with money (buying groceries within a budget, giving change using various coins), positional language (above, under, next to), comprehension (choosing an item according to its description) and process of elimination (guess who type of game, serving food to customers).
Fresh Pick is very child-friendly, meaning there are NO ads, NO in-app purchases and NO external links. It is also parent friendly , meaning that music and effects can be turned off, and captions turned on for written instructions. Each challenge has a tutorial which explains exactly what is required for the challenge, but there is also the option to skip it if you've played before.
If you need to know where to go for great (free) Android apps, PBS is a great place to start. Once you have tried their free apps, you'll be going back and buying all the others.
ARE YOU THE NEXT LUNCH LABBER?
Professor Fizzy, star of the PBS KIDS web series, "Fizzy's Lunch Lab," is holding a competition to see who has what it takes to be the next Lunch Labber! Think it's going to be easy cheesy? Well think again! If you can navigate your way through the grocery store, come up with right amount of change in the check-out line, and successfully serve food to a room full of hungry customers, you may just have what it takes to become the next member of the Lunch Lab!
Optimized for a tablet experience, challenge specifics are:
• For kids ages 6-8, and Lunch Lab fans of all ages
• From the 3-time Emmy Nominated PBS KIDS Web Series, Fizzy’s Lunch Lab
• Combines video narratives with interactive challenges
• Covers math topics such as deductive reasoning, mapping, sorting and classifying
• Has self-leveling games that make the challenge specific to each user
• Funded by a Ready to Learn Grant from the US Department of Education
THE LUNCH LAB
For more on Fizzy and the rest of the Lunch Labbers, visit pbskids.org/lunchlab
The contents of this mobile game were developed under a cooperative agreement, #PRU295A100025, from the U.S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.