a great game for children to learn about the solar system and shapes
Monday Moon by Sweet Slug Software is a fun and straightforward game made for children 5 years and under. It is the developer’s first indie game and will no doubt be a favourite amongst little ones soon.
Children can enjoy exploring the solar system’s planets, moons, comets and asteroids with the help of a little spaceman and collect rocks in the form of shapes. The name of the game is Monday Moon as the game starts its exploration route on the moon on Monday and goes straight through Sunday on the sun. In order to activate a spaceship to go off and explore, little ones need to recognise shapes and press the right shape on the console.
My daughter likes this game, its graphics and the fact that it is easy for her to figure out and navigate around. Her favourite part of the game is meeting with a little alien friend and using the jetpack to jump up with the little alien on top of rocks.
We love this simple and engaging game, we would love more additions to this game in the future to keep it going for longer and also meet some more friends along the journey.
Overall, a great game for children to learn about the solar system and shapes. We would definitely recommend this game for little and big fans of space exploration.
by Sweet Slug Software, LLC
Price: $2.99 USD
Let your toddlers and preschoolers explore the solar system in spaceships powered by shapes. Travel to new places each day of the week starting with the moon on Monday all the way to the Sun on Sunday.
Catherine is a mother of a little miss almost 3 years old. Originally from France she now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She loves to explore their beautiful city with her daughter and sharing their adventures with other parents. Catherine has a passion for social media, blogging, technology and food. Before the arrival of her daughter, Catherine was studying and working in the field of IT and still loves all things tech! She loves finding new apps for her daughter to learn and play with and share great apps with other parents.
beautiful graphics, fun educational learning app that has kids wanting more!
What we’d love to see…
more backgrounds to stack the states on, ability to have multiple chances to guess the answer
Fun educational app that has fantastic content and leaves kids asking for more iPad time so they can play and learn! I call that a huge win!
Stack the States 2 is a fun new app from FreeCloud Design’s Dan Russell Pinson. You learn state capitals, cities, shapes, landmarks, flags and then after you answer a question correctly you can drop the animate state on the screen – but watch out if you are not careful your hard work tumbles away! In our house – my son doesn’t always realize how lucky he is to test out brand new apps before they are released in the app store.
I’m happy to say that Stack the States 2 is our latest “must have”! My son woke up this morning and told me he had to show me how many new states he had earned and at the same time showed me that he had learned all of this great trivia and what states looked like what. I call that a huge win especially because educational apps are not always his first choice to play during free time.
After successfully completing each level, you earn a new state. The app allows you to set up multiple profiles so a parent can have a different profile than kids or multiple kids can play and the app can narrate and be based on what they have completed so far. The app includes an interactive map with major cities and a 3D visual of each state with 10 different 3D scenes with various locations – we loved New York, Hawaii and Chicago the most especially the dolphins jumping. As you become more proficient with the app, you earn new states and unlock new games. I also liked that if you answered a question wrong, the app told which state you answered incorrectly and gave you the chance to learn. The app contains new questions, two bonus games Connect 2 and Capital Tap as well as 3D models of 90 landmarks! You can read our review of the original Stack the States which we also rated five stars here. The questions are laid out in a simple format easy for early readers and in the Capital Game it also shows the state as well as a field of four choices to pick from.
I love the graphics, the narration, the ability to practice motor planning to set the states correctly so they don’t tumble but most of all I love all of the educational value in the app. The voice mode is very helpful for non-readers or early readers who are not yet able to read the trivia questions. When you are in the trivia game and answer correctly you “drop” or place the state to stack them – it’s fun for a variety of reasons but with Chicago it’s even more fun because you get the bean shape to stack on. I also loved that I could share tidbits about each state with my son – his class recently did a travel fair and learned a little about a number of states while focusing on a specific one. I liked that he was able to translate some of the things he learned in school from the shape of the state to the capital and use that knowledge within the app. When I was younger I had the opportunity to travel via motor home to many of the states in the United States – I’m glad I can share my love for states with my son via the iPad and he can experience it sooner than I did in a fun interactive way! Even as a mom, I found myself playing Stack the States more than a few times. It’s addictive, it’s fun and it’s a great way to practice critical thinking and recall skills. My son studied Alaska for the travel fair and was excited to show me “what it really looked like” in topography as well as cities and landmarks including Mt. Denali. It was great to see he took what he had learned through research and was able to translate that to the app. I also liked that it did not have a timer which reduced the anxiety of my son to “be right” he could answer quickly if he knew the answer or narrow it down if he did not.
In terms of enhancements, I’d love to see more backgrounds to stack the states on. I also found that at times I would earn the same state in the same game multiple times. I’m sure some of this was because I missed questions or my son did, but to get the same state right after previously getting it was a bit surprising. It might also be nice for younger users if you could toggle to have two chances to guess correctly – sometimes my 7 year old was able to narrow it down to one or the other and made a guess.
Stack the States 2 moves the bar higher from a traditional learn about this state app – to one that is more interactive and fun for kids to play. I love seeing my son’s “aha moments” as he grasps new facts he has learned and shows me his knowledge within the app. The bar has been set high here and I can’t wait to see what other apps come from FreeCloud design. There are no in-app purchases, external links or integration with social networks. It is pure geographic fun!
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.
makes learning geography fun by turning states in to cartoon-like characters, challenging physics game, multi-player, excellent educational value
What we’d love to see…
more facts to learn such as state flowers, birds, etc.
The best and most entertaining way to learn United States Geography.
Stack the States , in my opinion, is the best app for helping children learn United States geography. Developed by Dan Russell-Pinson, creator of award winning apps including Stack the Countries, Monster Physics, and Off The Rails, Stack the States turns states into cute cartoon-like characters with large popping eyes and uses a fun physics based game to encourage children to get to know them and their locations on the map. It also teaches plenty of information about each state including capitals, state flags, abbreviations, and more.
The game is simple, fun, and challenging at the same time. Four states are displayed on top of the screen and a question is asked. Choose which state answers the question. If you choose incorrectly, the correct choice is displayed on the screen and the next question is asked. If you choose correctly, you get to stack the state on the play board. To stack a state on the play board, simply click on the “drop” button on the bottom of the screen. You can rotate it and move it to the left or right before dropping it onto the play board.
The size of the state is relative to its size on the map, thus Rhode Island will be a tiny piece and Texas will be a large piece. You must carefully stack the states so they will pass the checkered line on the play board. Be careful, depending on how and where you place them, some states may fall off the board.
If you successfully stack the states so that they pass the checkered line and have answered at least 60% of the questions correctly, you earn a state. The state will be placed on its location on a blank US map. Collect states to complete the map and unlock bonus games. Ten states will unlock “Map It”, twenty states will unlock “Pile Up”, thirty states will unlock “Puzzler”, and forty states will unlock “Capital Drop.”
For children who are just learning about the states or need to brush up on their knowledge, Dan Russell-Pinson has included a set of flash cards loaded with tons of information. Each card features a state and some facts about it such as its capital, its flag, its abbreviation, its nickname, the states it borders, the countries that border it (if any), its landmarks, its well-known cities, and its shape. Stack the States has an option to create player accounts so that it can be played by more than one child, making it ideal for both home and classroom use. You can customize the game for each player by choosing which type of questions to include in the game. Just click on the question mark icon on the bottom left of the screen to select/deselect the questions you want.
There are no website, social media, or email links included in this app. There is a link for adults to rate the app and look at other apps in the App Store, but you can disable this feature in the settings page. The settings also allow you to turn the music and sound on or off, as well as delete player accounts.
I can’t say enough about what an outstanding game Stack the States is. Children learn a lot about the states while playing a very entertaining game. It is best suited for children 3rd grade and up. Adults would also easily enjoy this as a brain exercise game. I could see adding more information to learn such as state motto, state birds, state flower, etc., but I love this app just as it is. I highly recommend it!
Fides and her husband have been married for 16 years. They homeschool their 4 children: two amazing sons and two beautiful daughters. Fides likes to walk and jog outdoors everyday and has as very difficult time resisting a slice of paradise cake.
Huge amount of information, multiple ways to play, can be used on Apple TV as well as iOS devices
What we’d love to see…
Multiple player accounts, ability to play “head to head” challenges, more guidance on how to use the app if you know very little US geography when you start.
GeoKids USA is an app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV that contains a wealth of information about US States and has a variety of different modes for learning and testing your knowledge. Suitable for ages 9+
GeoKids USA is a US geography app designed for ages 9+ It is a universal app that works on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. Players can play in 3 different modes: Training, Challenge and Adventure and learn a variety of information about the 50 states from State capitals and flags through natural features and places of interest.
This is the best place for players to learn new US geography facts, and has 4 sections to choose from: GeoKid, Flags, Quiz and Discovery.
In this game the player is shown a map of the USA and asked to locate something on the map. Each time there are several locator pins (usually 7 or 8)and the are asked to pick the right one. The player can answer questions from these categories: State Name; Capital City; Big Cities; Points of Interest; State Flag; Rivers, Parks, Deserts, Mountains and Lakes; or “All Categories”. If they get the question correct they move on to the next one; if incorrect they are shown the correct answer before moving to the next question.
All 50 State Flags are displayed alphabetically by State Name. Tapping on one reveals the State Name, Capital, Population, Area and Largest City. You can tap again to see its location in the US, plus its shape and State Seal.
Here the player can tap anywhere on a US map to see the State Name, Capital, Population, Area and Largest City.
Players can answer multiple choice questions in their choice of 8 categories: States, State Capitals, State Flags, State Seals, State Population, State Area, Points of Interest or “All Themes.”
Here players fly around the US with “The Pilot”, at each state they land in they learn the State Location, Capital, Population, Area and Largest City. If they press “play” they have to answer 5 questions where they correctly pick the right location on the map. If instead they press the airplane symbol they have to answer multiple choice questions. In both cases they earn points based on both the number of correct answers and the speed of answering. As they earn points they can move up through levels and earn trophies.
In challenge mode the player is given the name of a city and they need to accurately locate it on a map. Unlike in other modes they get no pins to choose from but have to do this totally independently. Once they put their pin on the map, the true location is also marked and the player gets to see how close (or far) they were. They score points based on accuracy (but if they aren’t close enough they will score 0 points), and can earn bonus points for speed if their location is close. There are 50 levels in this challenge and they can only move onto the next challenge if they score sufficient points in the current level.
There is a wealth of information in the app, and students can learn a lot of information about the states from it, but it can feel a little overwhelming at first with all the modes and categories to choose from. My recommendation is if you want to use the app to learn US geography and State facts, start with Discovery or Flags in training mode. Once you have learned some information from there, move on to GeoKid or Quiz, still in training mode, to test how you are doing. Once you are comfortable with those modes move on to Adventure. Finally, when you are starting to feel pretty confident about knowing where at least some of the cities are it is time to try out the Challenge mode.
The app does record your stats on how well you are doing in terms of right answers both by category and by State, but it does not have individual player profiles- which would be a very useful addition in families with multiple children using the app.
One nice additional feature is that GeoKids is compatible with Apple TV as well as iPad and iPhone. This means if you have a New Apple TV (4th Generation) and you purchase the iPad/ iPhone app you will be able to play it on your TV as well using your Apple TV (without any additional charge.) I like playing it on the big screen as I think it is easier to get a feel for the geography when you see it on a big map instead of a small one. I think it could may for a fun family challenge game to have different family members playing against each other on the big screen if they added individual player profiles and the ability to play against each other “head to head.”
On the bottom of the screen hints appear to tell you information about different modes, this needs updating as it frequently references countries instead of States (presumably as the directions are the same in their Europe app.)
Overall, this is a useful app for learning US geography and State facts, and a fun way to test and expand your US geography knowledge. It is suitable for older Elementary and Middle school age children. I’d love to see multiple player profiles added and a more detailed information section to help beginners know where to start. It is a little confusing currently as players may find themselves inadvertently taking quizzes before they have learned enough Geography to answer them.
Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
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