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Ansel and Clair are back with another fine app loaded with fun and learning. This time they help kids explore the ways we humans can impact our environment for better or worse. Each player gets his very own island. By picking up trash, sowing seeds, and moving a rain cloud around to water them, players earn Greenbucks with which they purchase a variety of items beneficial to the environment. In doing so, they transform their island from a barren place to one full of greenery, combating a host of environmental threats along the way. Methane, pesticides, pollutants, and other eco-challenges pop up, sometimes in the form of menacing little creatures singing and skittering about onscreen. Solutions for dealing with them are presented, and players take action and see the benefits of doing so. That’s the brilliance of this app – the investment children feel in the onscreen environment and the tangible payoffs they experience in taking actions reflective of those needed in the real world. In addition to knowledge absorbed while playing the exciting games, kids also view images and text on topics ranging from the amount of garbage a single human generates over a lifetime to the beneficial impact recycling and the growth of trees have on the environment.
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… Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island HD is a masterful science app that helps kids understand environmental issues by introducing them in a game format. It empowers kids to make a difference by letting them fix the eco-problems within this game. Rarely do apps present this kind of depth in such an engaging manner. Little Green Island’s use of a simulation format is brilliant, as are its top-notch graphics. Many concepts are introduced in fun, rapping songs, and the presence of alien Ansel as a mentor, adds charm.
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Jinny Gudmundsen, a long-time kids-tech columnist for USA Today and author ofiPad Apps for Kids (part of the popular For Dummies series of reference books), sees games with an educational bent as a win-win proposition for parents and kids.
“In many cases, this kind of learning sticks with a kid because they learn by doing,” said Gudmundsen. “A good example is Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island HD. In this ecology-simulation game, kids love to build and design their own island and, in the process, learn how to tackle pollution problems. A game like this will help kids do better in school – they learn about environmental issues and how to counteract them – and expand their world view and understanding.”
This app deserves to be on every kid’s iPad!…Little Green Island is the epitome of the much touted gamification approach for educational purposes, with a strong focus on the necessity to take better care of our precious Earth.We were lucky enough to get in on Little Green Island early on with beta testing and had an amazing experience with this brilliant app. Our students didn’t want the school year to end!
Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island’s interactive gameplay and real-world examples provide in-depth learning. This mix of animations, video game-like elements, songs, and brief audio and visual lessons help kids learn what can hurt the environment and how they can help it. As kids can learn how the Earth’s environment is impacted by human choices, they learn some subject-specific vocabulary (such as “ozone,” “pesticides,” and “oil skimmer”). Players also gleam information on how animals, ecosystems, plants, and the weather are affected by pollution. By playing the game, kids are also following directions and engaging in decision-making.
Thereafter, teachers can bring Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island’s ”My Own Island” theme off of the app and into the classroom. Have each student or a group of students create a presentation, poster, or digital book about what sort of island environment they’d like to live in and what they’d need to do to create and sustain such a place. Then discuss the ideas of taking responsibility for creating and caring for your environment in a sustainable way. What steps can we take as a class do to preserve the environment? How would needs in each ideal environment affect the others? Discuss competing needs and compromise in real-world countries. To add a little music to science, listen to the pollution songs and talk about sulfer dioxide and CFCs.
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Proves that games and learning can co-exist in a mobile experience
The bulk of Earth Day apps for kids revolve around introducing the three R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle. They may offer sorting of recyclables or tips on how to be “green.” None of these come close to the all-encompassing experience that Cognitive Kid crafted. Little Green Island far outstrips any other environmental app and proves that games and learning can co-exist in a mobile experience.
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Little Green Island takes your child through a journey of discovery and appreciation for our fragile environment. Along the way, the benefits of shielding our air, wind, and water from pollution become clear. By advancing through the levels, your child begins to see that this stewardship is the job of each and every one of us. As it says in the theme song, “Do your part, from your heart; we all need to help the Earth.” This is the epitome of a thoughtfully-designed, well-crafted app from an outstanding developer. It definitely earns a Top Pick from Fun Educational Apps.
5 Stars Great tool for teaching children about the environment and the importance of “going green”, fun games and activities that teach and entertain…Little Green Island is an app worthy of notice and would be a great addition to any family’s app collection. I would recommend playing with your children and explaining about the significance of conservation and “Going Green” and how their actions now will have a lasting impact on the world they will inherit.