Bert Saves the Earth by 1Tucan is an app for iOS designed to help your child realize that simple actions can help to reduce their environmental impact. The app is targeting toddlers through preschool and helps them understand that simple actions such as turning off the water while brushing teeth, cleaning up plastic bags properly will have an impact and help to keep animals safe with habitat. The app features activities that one does during the day such as taking a shower/bath, brushing their teeth, and recycling with each having a cause and effect to show them how doing the “right” thing will benefit animals. For example by turning off the water while brushing your teeth, the horse is able to have water in his trough. The app contains narration in English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Japanese and can be used on an iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone. The app can also be used to name different activities and help children identify a variety of animals.
The app is simple enough for young children to grasp and will encourage them to make the right choice such as turning off the tap as well as properly disposing of plastic bags – or better yet not using them at all. I do think that the behavior shown in the app is easy for a parent to model while helping their child such as turning off the water, cleaning up plastic bags which is a nice carryover and will further help the earth. Navigation within the app consists of a globe shape where five different scenes are played out with each one featuring a different animal and problem that they must solve in order to complete it. For example, by turning off the lights in a scene you can make it snow on the screen or by turning off the water while brushing your teeth you can give a horse more water to drink. I also liked that the app used cause and effect by showing the user if you did this action then this would happen. It provided for consistent follow through and enables the children to see that their action will make a difference. My older son’s favorite was showering quickly so he could see the ducks swim – he enjoyed seeing the cause and effect.
In terms of enhancements, I would like to see more activities that you can do at home to save the Earth. Suggestions would include: adding or removing a layer of clothing as able when it is too cold or too hot out; demonstrating that you can add an additional layer of clothing when you are cold rather than turning the heat up. For the scene in the ocean rather than simply removing the plastic bags – making the suggestion of reusable bags (when they may sense) would save not only trash from the environment but money as well. Adding a mini game that has children sorting different types of recycling like newspapers, glass, cardboard into each of the respective containers would show them that sometimes even though we buy products that have packing we can recycle them for re-use. With additional games the app will appeal to a wider audience and having a longer playing time for children.
Overall, this app will have your children doing a variety of activities both on their device as well as off of it that are simple and will reduce their environmental impact. There are no in-app purchases, advertising or external links. The app is one that will engage especially young children, but older children may find that due to the limited amount of activities and ease of completion it may not hold their attention as long as other apps.
Nature : Bert Save the Earth, The story app for boys and girls to learn simple actions to protect the planetby 1tucan
Category: Education, Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 202.32 MB
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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.