If your kids want to learn about world geography but Stack the Countries is still a bit too advanced, check out Lonely Planet’s Amazing World Atlas app. Colorful and upbeat, it helps kids learn where continents and countries are around the world, and teaches them plenty of local facts.
When you start the game, you can select a continent to learn more about, or dive in right away to the World Matchup game.
If you tap on a continent, you can then choose a sub-section of that continent, or look at the continent as a whole. The app then has activities such as match games for country flags, learning capital cities, finding locations while racing against the clock, and a memory game that’s like the old Simon game of my youth.
For World Matchup, players drag the flags from the bottom of the screen to the correct continent, again racing against the clock. The app gives the country name along with the flags, which makes the game quite a lot easier, but a close familiarity with the world’s geography is still helpful. Don’t worry, everything kids need to know can be learned in the app’s other games.
Additionally, when looking closely at each continent, you can tap on images of things from that area to learn more, such as Ukrainian Easter eggs, flightless kiwi birds in New Zealand, or South American sea lions.
Lonely Planet’s Amazing World Atlas is a great game for kids aged 9-11, or perhaps even younger. At $2.99, the price is reasonable for the amount of information and play that is packed into the app.
Note: I received a copy of this app for review purposes.