At some point in everybody’s childhood, I think we dream of going to space. What an adventure it would be to explore stars and planets. Not to mention, the thrill of riding in a rocket! What if you could travel to space with your grandpa as your companion? Could that trip be any cooler? Grandpa in Space takes kids on an intergalactic trip through the solar system with a cool, hip and kind of quirky grandpa as their guide.
This app is an ideal way for kids ages 3 – 8 to learn basic science and math skills while having fun playing games in space with “Grandpa”. Before each trip, the child must build their own rocket ship to travel in. There are various colors and patterns for each piece so that they can truly make it their own. Next, count down and blast off into outer space with grandpa and pick your destination from one of the nine planets in our solar system. Once you have chosen your planet, there are certain obstacles you must work through or tasks to complete along the way. The child must do things like add up the legs of an alien and select the correct number, complete an alien matching game, blast asteroids that are numbered from 1 – 10 in the correct order, or sort items in the space ship into their correct bins. Each game provides practice in one of several math or pre-math skills that are essential building blocks for successful math mastery. There are also short educational videos about space travel and the solar system that play with each destination that have actual footage from NASA.
This app is out-of-this world fun, quite literally! The characters and animation are very cute and engaging and your children will fall in love with the adorable astronaut grandpa. I really loved how each of the games taught or reinforced a math or science skill through play. The activities are very fun and entertaining and do a great job of keeping the children engaged and wanting to continue playing the app and exploring and learning more in space. There are some activities that require reading, so I would recommend playing it with your child if they have not learned to read yet. I would really encourage you to pick up this app now as it is 30% off for a limited time. Grandpa in Space would be a fantastic app for your kids to play this summer so they can have fun but still keep those little brains stimulated during summer vacation!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.