Fingerprint: Whole Wide World, Fun Learning Games for Kids 5-8
- letter or word recognition
- cultural understanding
- global awareness
- solving puzzles
- thinking critically
ProsThis simple social studies app slips in some academic concepts.
ConsSome games border on repetitive.
Bottom LineWhole Wide World is a fun way to introduce young kids to foreign countries and cultures.
Common Sense Reviewer
World geography and cultures engage kids in Fingerprint: Whole Wide World as they earn stamps and a postcard from each country they visit. Graphics are visually appealing and learning is kid-friendly.
Tilt-the-device racing action enlivens some mini-games, but all include light learning, such as viewing the Australian Outback's ecosystem in the background.
Brief tutorials play before mini-games, and kids get basic overviews of what to do next in the larger game. It would be nice to see ideas for extension activities based on each country.
It would be nice to see some additional information about or suggested activities related to each country, which could spark extension learning in the classroom. Still, this is a good introduction for younger elementary school-age kids to other cultures and countries around the world.Read More Read Less
You'll find no heavy-duty lessons or quizzes here, just learning through games, with kids listening to audio as they view scenes and objects related to different countries.
First, create an account for both teacher and kid, then tap the avatar associated with the kid's account to "explore the world, one game at a time." Spin the globe with a finger, tap on the country you want to learn about, and press Play to begin an adventure with mini-games such as puzzles, racing, and matching. A lot of the mini-games require tilting the device to catch objects or avoid pitfalls. Some games require letter identification; others, matching. Country-specific stamps and postcards are awarded as prizes.Read More Read Less
Fingerprint: Whole Wide World, Fun Learning Games for Kids 5-8 is a fun way to help kids learn about world geography, cultures, and ecosystems, while practicing basic skills in math, letter recognition, thinking, and reasoning. Kids also learn to use technology, as they can email the postcards they earn to teachers or parents and create audio messages.Read More Read Less
See how teachers are using Fingerprint: Whole Wide World, Fun Learning Games for Kids 5-8
- Great interactive app that takes you around the world!!Christina B.
The Dearborn Academy
Dearborn, MI5August 14, 2014
- Fun for the children who want to explore the world,3June 19, 2013