Price: $0.99 Score: 8/10 By A. Papachristos
As children, much of learning came from playing games. In fact, it has been said that children tend to learn better when their lessons are as jam-packed with fun as they are with information. Even as we get older, we realize that making things fun makes the learning process much easier and more enjoyable. With 225 Kid Outdoor Games by Paidotribo, teachers, parents and babysitters everywhere can occupy their children (ages 2-16) with entertaining, educational games from around the globe.
Spanning a wide range of ages, 225 Kid Outdoor Games also spans the world, with games from 83 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America. In fact, when you begin, the main page (also the All Games page) provides a map menu. Simply tap on whichever continent or region you find interesting to peruse their various countries and available games.
Each country will be listed alphabetically, with their games listed alphabetically underneath their name. Each games tab will list the suggested age group, the duration of the game and whether any materials are needed. With games falling within a 3-15 minute allotted time period, these short durations make the games ideal for children considering most have rather short attention spans. Tap on the game and you will find an illustration that depicts what the game will look like so you know the basics and if you are following the directions carefully. Swipe past the image to move to the next page, which will reiterate the suggested age and game’s duration, as well at the setup and necessary materials. Swipe again and you will find a description of the game as a whole. Also, in the bottom right corner, users may rate, bookmark or email the game’s details to a friend.
Using the Search tab, users can choose what types of games to look for by specifying their desired age range, preferred duration and country of origin. They may also filter according to whether a game requires materials or not. The bottom button will let users sift through the entire list of 225 games. The Shake tab allows users to choose the desired age group, and then shake their device to choose a random game from all that fall into that given bracket. The New Game tab allows users to enter the details for their own game, while the Bookmarks tab will list every game that you have bookmarked in the past.
With short games that require no equipment and very few materials, 225 Kid Outdoor Games caters to the simple and easy, while encouraging development, tolerance and interest in other cultures. By embracing the games other children play in dozens of countries all around the world, perhaps children will learn to be more accepting of these differing culture, as said tolerance will become natural at a young age. Plus, the convenience of this application helps anyone who must keep a group of children entertained, for it provides a nearly endless supply of amusing activities right in the palm of one’s hand.
225 Kid Outdoor Games [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.