Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer is a kids' app that lets children playfully explore the planets, stars, and constellations. The app can be played in English or in Spanish.
How to Play
Based on the new PBS TV show Ready Jet Go!, the app introduces kids to inter-stellar traveler Jet and his pet Sunspot. Joining alien Jet are his human friends Sean, Sydney, and Mindy. By placing a finger on the screen kids can move the sky to see different constellations. By turning on location-tracking, the app is able to identify the stars in the player's viewing area. If the player takes this app outside and points at the sky, the app will help identify what the child is seeing.
Jet's robot named Face 9000 provides interesting facts about the planets, stars, and constellations that kids observe in the sky. This robot can zoom in for a closer look at the stars and planets.
For the constellations, kids can color them using a simple painting program, and their artistic work shows up in the night sky. Also fun is a hide-and-seek game played with Jet. Jet jumps into his spaceship and disappears into the night sky. He leaves clever voice clues about where he is hiding and his pet sunspot points players in the right direction as they scroll through the sky. Locating Jet earns players a badge with fun titles, such as Solar Sleuth or Stellar Searchologist.
By letting kids play with Jet and his friends in space, Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer makes learning about astronomy fun. However, the app could use more of a tutorial to explain the various aspects of the app. That said, if kids tap on objects on the screen, they can figure out what each button or icon does. Parents may need to help kids learn to turn on the compass mode when outside so that the app mirrors what they are looking at when they point it at the night sky.
The best part of the app is the hide-and-seek game with Jet. The verbal clues are fascinating and actually teach kids facts as they play. They take the form of saying things like " I'm hiding in a constellation that can really roar." (Answer: Leo).
While not particularly deep in factual content, this app is a playful way to interest children in astronomy. The facts are presented in a way that draws kids in, such as telling players that "Mercury is almost three times smaller than the Earth." And since it's free, this is a no-brainer when it comes to deciding to download this app. Give it a go. Your kids will love earning the title of Cosmic Collector or Ace Astronomer.
Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer is a good way to interest your kids in the wonders of the night sky. By letting them play astronomy games with fun characters and providing a visual guide to the sky outside, this app will likely whet your kids' appetite for more cosmic information.
This kids' app review of Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer was written by Jinny Gudmundsen.
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