Take kids on a trip around the world without leaving your home. With virtual passport in hand, kids can learn about other countries and their flags.
Geo Challenge is an interactive geography app designed to help kids learn about different countries and their flags through games, puzzles and a spinning globe. When they first use the app, kids are asked to create a virtual passport and are given a suitcase. As they travel around the world, they are rewarded with stickers on their suitcases and stamps on their passports, representing the countries they have visited.
While the app does not provide a comprehensive description of each country, it serves as a way to get kids interested in geography. They will learn basic information such as what the flag of Australia looks like and how people in India say hello. Through map puzzles and quizzes, they will also begin to develop knowledge of where specific countries are located and maybe even learn about countries they never knew existed.
- Available in English and Japanese
- Five different games
- Personalized profiles
- Reward stickers and virtual prizes
- Features include:
From the sound to the graphics, the quality of Geo Challenge is very good. Pictures of flags are shown in bright colors and the names of countries are clearly read. The elements of the app also load quickly and kids can quickly swipe around the globe or scroll through flashcards.
However, in order to experience the app at its top quality, parents or children must make a few modifications. For example, when viewing flashcards, the default settings have the flashcards auto scroll at the fastest speed and hide the country names. For maximum impact, parents will want to show the country names and either slow down the speed or change the card progression to manual.
Once the settings have been changed to fit a child’s needs and to maximize the experience with the app, Geo Challenge becomes a high quality app for kids.
Geo Challenge focuses on two basic skills: learning the flags of a country and learning where countries are located. The different activities available in the app allow children to learn this information in different ways. For example, using the spinning globe, kids can see a little bit of everything, including the flags and location of the country, as well as basic facts about the country, such as population, language, famous stories and how people say hello. Other games focus on a specific piece of knowledge. For example, the Maps Puzzle game and Maps Quiz, kids learn to recognize countries by their shape and location. With the Flag Flash Cards and Flag Quiz, they focus solely on the flags of each country.
Within the app, most information is organized by continent. This allows kids to make connections between different countries and understand their location in relation to other countries they have discovered. Unfortunately, in the free version of the app, kids are limited to discovering Oceania when they play the Map Puzzle and Map Quiz games.
It can be difficult to interest children in geography because looking at maps and pictures of flags is not the most exciting activity. However, Geo Challenge’s spinning globe will encourage children to explore the world. While the free version of the app is limited in the number of flags kids can see and continents and countries they can explore, they will still enjoy those they can access. Being rewarded with stickers for their suitcase and stamps for their virtual passports will encourage kids to keep completing puzzles and taking quizzes.
Geo Challenge is available as both a free and paid app. While the free version limits the countries kids can explore, including only allowing kids to explore Oceania in the Maps Puzzles and Maps Quiz sections, it is a good introduction to the app. If kids enjoy the free version of the app, it is worth purchasing the paid version, which is frequently offered for only $0.99.
Some aspects of the app, such as the spinning globe are very child-friendly, while others require modification to make them more appealing to the app’s younger users. Many of the app’s default settings, particularly in the Flags Flash Cards game, start off too fast for the average user, so settings must be adjusted to make the app more user-friendly.
|Some aspects of the app, such as the spinning globe are very child-friendly, while others require modification to make them more appealing to the app’s younger users. Many of the app’s default settings, particularly in the Flags Flash Cards game, start off too fast for the average user, so settings must be adjusted to make the app more user-friendly.|