Ansel & Clair: American Bowl is the latest app developed by Cognitive Kid, an award-winning developer with a solid track record of creating spectacular educational apps. It is a universal IOS app, written at the intermediate level for children ages 6-12. The title combines their passion for American folklore and history and – bowling! Thus, you have American Bowl. This combination has got to be a first for the App Store. Like its predecessors, American Bowl features Ansel and Clair, the child-like robots that want to learn about everything associated with Earth. Their past adventures have taken them on journeys of discovery to Africa, the American Revolution, ecology and prehistoric times.
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In Ansel & Clair: American Bowl, the first step is to choose a username. (No worries, though, this information is not sent or stored anywhere but on your device.) That way, if the game is interrupted, it will automatically resume in that spot. Unlike their past apps (Little Green Island and Ride with Paul Revere), American Bowl is set up more like a game and less like a simulation. It features three levels- easy, medium, and hard. Each level contains questions about factual information and trivia in 8 categories. Examples of the categories include:
- Important Events in US History
- Inventions and Discoveries
- Amazing Americans
- The American Revolution
- States and Capitals
- Women’s History
- Patriotic Symbols
- Highlights of Black History
The goal is to set the captive bald eagles free. Each correct answer allows your child to bowl for a chance to free an eagle. Up pops a bowling lane where the child gets ready, aims, and sends the ball down the lane. With multiple right answers, it is possible to earn “power-up” rewards and custom bowling balls.
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Playing Ansel & Clair: American Bowl is a time for kids to show that it’s cool to be smart. I think of it as a 21st century version of a quiz show. Whether parents and teachers use the app as a tutorial or as a quiz, the element of fun is the same. I also like the fact that it’s possible to track each child’s progress in the app.
For us, a good app must provide solid information and it must do so with a game or activity that is appealing to children this age. With American Bowl, Ansel & Clair have found another new and delightful way to provide children with knowledge about the world using tablet technology to its fullest advantage. It is a definite Top Pick for Fun Educational Apps.
My one suggestion for the developer would be to take a closer look at the eagle. To me it looks more like a gull with its long thin beak; bald eagles have a shorter, broader beak.
Ansel & Clair: American Bowl is availabe for downlaod via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
Launch Price - $0.99/£0.69/€0.89 - RRP -$1.99/£1.49/€1.79
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At the time of this review, Ansel & Clair: American Bowl provides a safe, secure environment, with no ads and no in-app purchases. There is a connection to the App Store from a protected parent portal. Parents can be confident that their children’s privacy is protected when using this app.
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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Disclosure: This review was move up the waiting list priority-services. All opinions expressed are purely that of the author.