With summer upon us, now is the time that I am on the lookout for great educational apps that I can use during the summer break to keep my kid’s brains from completely turning off. I love using my iPad to “trick” my kids into learning by having them play educational apps that are cleverly disguised as games. World of Liberty “It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware” is the PERFECT app to add to my summer arsenal. If you want your children to have a globe-trotting adventure and learn more about our country as well as other countries, then this is the perfect app for you too!
Meet Liberty Lane, a feisty, freckle-faced red-headed little girl who loves learning and adventure. Her mission is to learn all about the world around her and discover what she calls “country connections”. These connections are ways that our country is similar to other countries around the world. With her fluffy talking dog Ellie, a toy eagle named Georgie and an airplane named Truman she is ready to go exploring! Her first stop is Delaware, the first of the original 13 colonies to become a state. There she learns all about the state of Delaware including the state bird, the state capital, and even the state bug! She also makes her way to the city of Wilmington where she learns of the city’s connection to Kalmar, Sweden! Naturally, she must visit Sweden and discover the story of how the cities became sister cities. Liberty meets some fun new friends in Sweden and even helps them learn about fun American customs for celebrating Halloween! At the end of Liberty’s adventure, your children can review what they’ve learned about Delaware and Sweden with a fun quiz game.
The best thing about this World of Liberty app is that the interactive story reads more like an adventure story than a history lesson. Liberty Lane is the perfect tour guide with her pep and enthusiasm for learning and adventure. Her sidekicks Ellie, Georgie and Truman and equally as lovable and add plenty of fun and humor to the story. The illustrations in this story are really fun and unique and the narration is very well done with voices that really appeal to young children. The app alludes that more adventures with Liberty and her pals are on the way, and I certainly hope there are 49 more for the rest of the states! My older kids have really enjoyed reading this book with me. There are “Read to Me” and “Read Myself” options for this book but in my opinion it is geared more towards older kids, maybe 2nd grade and up, as the story is a bit too long for younger children. So this summer, pack your bags and travel to Delaware and Sweden with Liberty Lane! It is a summer vacation you won’t soon forget!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.