Common Sense Review
Updated February 2013

Fingerprint: Whole Wide World, Fun Learning Games for Kids 5-8

Kids explore the world, virtually, through cute, colorful mini-games
Common Sense Rating 3
  • Simple games include some small aspect of each country's culture.
  • Kids get a number of chances to master gameplay before the game ends.
  • Kids earn stickers and a postcard related to each destination.
  • Vocabulary and images related to each country give kids a flavor of the language, culture, and history.
  • Kids can view the map, menu, or the scrapbook that includes all the stickers and postcards they've earned.
Pros
This simple social studies app slips in some academic concepts.
Cons
Some games border on repetitive.
Bottom Line
Whole Wide World is a fun way to introduce young kids to foreign countries and cultures.
Dana Villamagna
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 5

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.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 2

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.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 2

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.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

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.

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What's It Like?

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.

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Is It Good For Learning?

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.

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