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K-5 Science for Kids - Tappity

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Tappity

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 3+
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About K-5 Science for Kids - Tappity

K-5 Science for Kids - Tappity is a great app that is like having the perfect science teacher available for children all of the time.  Whatever branches of science a 4 to 10-year-old child might be interested in or are covering at school, they will be entertained and enthralled by its coverage here.

Teacher Review

Most educational app reviews need a bit of balanced discussion before reaching their conclusion.  When Tappity is the app under review, though, we can just jump straight to the take-home message: it is superb!

What makes it so good?

The educational content is excellent.  It is targeted just right at its audience's age range.  Complex topics are not avoided but broken down and explained in a clear and age-suitable way.  Concepts are explained, demonstrated, and illustrated perfectly for young scientists.

Haley presents all of the lessons.  She is an enthusiastic, entertaining, and friendly guide.  A lover of pizza, bad jokes, fun, and science who seems genuinely happy to be on the viewer's screen.  She is ably assisted by her less knowledgeable but amiable sidekick, RoboSteve, who guides the user through the app.

Haley makes this app feel like a high-quality children's entertainment/educational show of the sort to be found on children's television.  The format of an app makes it more than just a passive programme.  Children can make decisions, answer questions, guide the experience in ways that television just could not allow.  Haley carries out experiments and encourages children to rewatch them but with different decisions so that they can observe new outcomes.

The full app experience is, at this point, huge.  There are many topics, each of which is a lengthy and involved journey through different scientific subjects.  

Every week a new show focussing on a single topic with a science theme is added to the app in the form of a game show.   Past ones remain accessible and future ones are promoted to build anticipation.  Just like with other video apps, children can offer their opinion by clicking on one of four icons. Other new content is added to the app every 10 days.

With so much of its content being high-quality video, the app could never be placed in its entirety on the device.  It manages its content by downloading it as needed but holds on to recently used content or that which you choose to access in advance so that children can reach it again quickly and without needing the internet. These initial downloads feel responsive and the waits are never unbearably long.

The science topics are informed by the Next Generation Science Standards which might not be the curriculum your children follow in school, but there are not going to be many differences.  If the topic is one you child is covering at school, or is just one that they are interested in, engaging with it on Tappity will a rewarding experience whatever curriculum they follow.

Tappity is safe for children to use as there is no third-party content or ads.  While the app is free to download, the content, both existing and future, is accessed via a subscription.  This is reasonably priced and is set on a sliding scale depending on how long the period you purchase is.  As this is an app that contains a lot of content, it does seem like a good idea to take out a longer subscription at a lower total price so that your children have chance to absorb it. For children at the lower end of the app's target age group, a lifetime subscription looks like excellent value and could make a great gift for a young child that they can enjoy for years to come.

The app tracks children engagement with the app through a science journal that marks what they have covered and learned.  At the end of each topic, children earn Tappity degrees.  Stickers and photos that combine children with graphical content provide further incentives to stay with Tappity's programme.  Parents are frequently involved with the app as Haley urges children to get their parents to share in the marking of their accomplishments.  Teachers could make good use of the app in lessons either by getting Haley to explain a topic or by letting individuals work through a topic on their own.  According to Tappity's website, Apple’s Products for Learning Program can give schools a good deal on this app.

The conclusion to this review is little different from the introduction.  There is nothing bad to say about this app; no flaws, problems, or sticking points.  Tappity is entertaining, educational, and inspiring.  It is just the app to spark a lifelong interest in science.

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App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Category

Skills

Academic Relevance

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Tappity, Inc.

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Publisher's Description

Spark your child's curiosity with Haley, Tappity's science expert. Developed by educators and storytellers, Tappity offers fun interactive lessons on more than 100 science topics!

► 1:1 Learning is the Future

Kids simply learn better when they're engaged one-on-one. Which is why we've created Haley the Science Gal. She's with your child learn every step of the way, from explaining complex science topics and leading real science experiments to encouraging them to try their best. Best of all, the app is 100% interactive, so your child is fully engaged with our curriculum, which is teacher-approved and aligned with science standards.

►What does Tappity offer?

• 200+ science lessons, activities, and stories in a curriculum designed for kids ages 4-10
• High-quality and original produced game shows
• A real-life teacher for your child
• Thousands of interactive science videos
• 1000+ science questions for your child to play
• A science journal for them to unleash their creativity
• Real science experiments that your child can control
• Discussion questions for you to reference with your child

►What topics do we cover?

• SPACE SCIENCE: Mars, the Moon, the Sun, and more!
• LIFE SCIENCE - Dinosaurs, Ocean Animals, Human Body, Plants, Pollination, and more!
• EARTH SCIENCE - Volcanoes, Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, and more!
• PHYSICAL SCIENCE - Force, Energy, Friction, Magnets, and more!

For a complete list, please visit our website: https://www.tappityapp.com/covered-topics

►Why do parents and kids love Tappity?

• You get to interact with a real person, Haley, our science expert!
• You get to learn by reading, listening, and touching. Our app is 100% interactive and 100% narrated!
• You're learning real science. Our lessons align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGGS).
• You learn by play, just like you would in a game!
• You get to test yourself knowledge with fun science trivia based on what you've learned.
• You're safe from 3rd party advertisements.
• You can play offline. Perfect for long waits, car or plane rides.
• You can try it for free now! No trials or extended subscriptions.

For a complete list of FAQ, please visit our website: www.tappityapp.com/faq

►What are people saying?

“This app is awesome! I am a teacher and parent. My child is learning so much from this app. She has developed a love of learning and Tappity has helped her to discuss and have conversations about the content she is interacting with.”

— Alicia, Mother of a 4-year-old

I'm happy to tell you that so far my kids love it! Which makes me love it! It has definitely reached and surpassed my expectations. I homeschool my two boys and it's hard to find things that keep them engaged and and interested while learning. But this definitely does! It's fun and they're learning from it. Very well done!! Thanks so much!!

—Troy Family

►Does it cost anything?

Tappity is free to try! The first Tappity story in each world is always free, and so is Tappity’s Weekly Game Show. No account creation necessary. To unlock all content, we offer several types of Tappity paid subscription plans.

Your price may vary depending on the conversion to your local currency. Renewal policy: Auto-renew can be turned off anytime from iTunes Accounts Settings after purchase as long as it’s 24 hours before the end of the current period. Cancellation policy: Manage cancellations from your iTunes Account Settings. Once you cancel during the subscription period, no credit card charges will be made in the next billing cycle.

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