As I’ve explored the Encyclopedia Britannica Kids Volcanoes app I have been seriously impressed with both the content and design. This is a beautifully designed app that’s full of information, activities and games. There are several different things you can do with the app. First, you can read informational articles about volcanoes. The articles feature photographs that can be enlarged to full screen. If you like what you read you can share the story via Facebook or Twitter. After you’ve read the articles there is a volcano quiz you can try your hand at. In another section you’ll find over sixty different photographs and video. I was interested to find the information about Decade Volcanoes. This is a group of sixteen volcanoes that were chosen by scientists to serve as an example of volcanic power. You can read and view pictures of these volcanoes and you can also see their location on a world map.

When your brain has absorbed all that wonderful knowledge it’s time to play a few games. Volcanoes has a memory match game with pictures from the app. There is also a magic square puzzle. You’ll shake the phone to mix up the squares and then slide them around with your finger until you’ve assembled the picture again. Jigsaw puzzles made from the photographs are also available. Finally, there is an activity called “Brush Off”. This ties in with Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. You must use your finger on the screen to “brush off” volcanic smoke. Once you’ve cleared the screen a photograph of a ruin from Pompeii is revealed. Now you’ve got to figure out the name of the artifact. I learned quite a bit from this activity.

Encyclopedia Britannica Kids Volcanoes provides wonderful content in a friendly and educational presentation. The app definitely lives up to the Encyclopedia Britannica name.

If you are interested in additional content you might try the Britannica apps that focus on Dinosaurs and Ancient Egypt. Both are available in the App Store or can be downloaded through an in-app purchase.

Price when Reviewed: $4.99

See the app in iTunes

Seller: Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.


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