Since Phoebe got her iPad for her birthday in March, she loves exploring different apps. We already make sure she has parental controls on it, and we have disabled in app purchasing. She is sensible too, and will always ask us if she sees something she doesn’t understand, or if she wants a new app.
I prefer her to have educational apps alongside any games, but it’s such a minefield, which educational and learning apps are best? Fortunately, I had some help this time, we were invited to try the app Human Heroes Curie on Matter, which is available on the app store for iOS. It takes the player on an immersive magical journey through history with Marie Curie.
The app is voiced by the brilliant Miriam Margolyes, who really adds life to the game. You get to help Marie Curie with different tasks, like discovering the periodic table and making chemical reactions. The game covers topics and subjects from the UK National Curriculum, giving children a range of problem and puzzle solving mini games to exciting numerical challenges. Children learn all about states of matter, radioactivity and so much more.
When you first login, you choose your child’s age (the app recommends age 4 and up), so you know it’s going to be tailored towards your child’s age. You then fly through space to land on a floating space island with an impressive academic building, with flying school buses coming into land. Phoebe liked that part. They get new To Do lists every 6 hours, so there’s always something new to discover.
When you’re in her observation room, you can check out her detailed biography, or click on the raised hands at the bottom and you can have questions answered.
I think the quality of the animations is very good, and they have thought of all the little details. There is so much to explore that it will keep them entertained for a long time. It’s not just one type of activity either, and the gamification of the learning means they don’t even realise they’re studying when they’re playing. They get rewarded for completing the tasks, and more is unlocked as you play. Marie Curie does a little dance when you get the stars, and balloons are released.
For only £3.99 I’d say it’s a good investment for your budding scientist. I love the fact they are highlighting Marie Curie’s important part she played in scientific history.
The best part is there are no ads, no in app purchases and no subscription or sign up required, once you’ve bought it, that’s it! It can be so distracting for kids if they are clicking ads or waiting for them to countdown. You also don’t need wifi to play, which means it can be played on the go. If you are interested in trying it out for yourself, you can download Human Heroes Curie on Matter from the app store here. You can also get Human Heroes Einstein from the same developer (Kalamtech).
Disclosure: collaborative post, we were gifted the app. All opinions are my own