Welcome back, Ansel and Clair! For those of you who are familiar with the Ansel & Clair educational app series, Little Green Island is the title of their newest app. For those of you who haven’t yet heard about them, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The developers have chosen to put a spotlight on ecology for this app, giving children a chance to learn about important ecological facts and issues in an age appropriate context, including games and simulations. Its outstanding content and step-by-step instructions make a winning combination, so we name it our latest Top Pick at FunEducational Apps
Little Green Island by Cognitive Kid (for the iPad and iPhone/iPod) is designed with children ages 6-12 in mind. It features Ansel and Clair, two helpful and fun extra-terrestrial guides. The first step is to identify yourself with a username (This information is not sent or stored anywhere except your device.) That way, if the game is interrupted, it will automatically resume in that spot. Also, there is space to store a number of different usernames, so everyone can have their own game. Depending on your child’s level, Little Green Island is best introduced with an adult close by, so that your child can become confident navigating through the many screens.
There are 18 levels in Little Green Island. As the proud, new owner of Green Island, your child can plant trees, dig ponds, and gradually turn an empty, parched piece of property into a lush, green island covered with palm trees, ponds, and caves. The greenery is purchased at the Market with greenbucks, money earned from keeping the island clean and growing and selling trees. On each level, there are simple tasks that must be completed before moving on; if your child doesn’t have enough money to complete a task, then it’s time to get to work cleaning and planting to earn more greenbucks. Along the way, a fire on the mainland threatens the air, and a manufacturing plant causes the water around Green Island to be polluted. Each level contains specific information about a ecological issue that is currently affecting the Earth.
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This app reminds me of a simulation game, but it’s got features not typically seen in traditional simulations. I like the positive messages it sends to children: you can help combat pollution; you are able to make a difference. Also, the scientific information has been gathered from outside sources and current events, such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Little Green Island takes your child through a journey of discovery and appreciation for our fragile environment. Along the way, the benefits of shielding our air, wind, and water from pollution become clear. By advancing through the levels, your child begins to see that this stewardship is the job of each and every one of us. As it says in the theme song, “Do your part, from your heart; we all need to help the Earth.” This is the epitome of a thoughtfully-designed, well-crafted app from an outstanding developer. It definitely earns a Top Pick from Fun Educational Apps.
Overall ... another msut downlaod from Cognitive kids! Make usre to get it now as the app is sale at $1.99/£1.49 only to celbrate the launch!
RRP: $4.99/£2.99/€4.49 //
Special launch Price: $1.99/£1.49/€1.79
Note for patents:
At the time of this review, Little Green Island provides a safe, secure environment, with web connections accessible only on a limited access page, with no ads, and no in-app purchases. Parents can be confident that their children’s privacy is protected when using this app.
App review by Julie Peterson a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14. She has participated and planned numerous Earth Day activities and recycling projects at school.
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