Piiig Labs by Piiig Inc. – Review
Piiig Labs by Piig Inc. for iOS is the perfect app for your budding scientist. The app was designed by Piiig Inc. which is a digital lab who makes child friendly apps which combine education and games to engage children. The app teaches children about basic science concepts including: colors, the effect of light and heat on an object, sounds and music as well as a basic understanding of electricity and chemical reactions. This app is designed for preschool through early elementary school aged children and can be the perfect app to explain basic science concepts to them without the mess of the actual experiment – especially the volcano.
This is the perfect app for a budding scientist in your home and features six interactive experiments which require your children to “assemble” them using the iPad including: building a light bulb circuit and turning it on and off, understanding the chemical reaction that happens when you mix baking soda and vinegar to make a volcano erupt and a subsequent project which allows you to mix colors before making it erupt to change the color of the foam. Other experiments include: matching animal sounds to the right farm animal, putting together a radio and tuning it to five different stations. There are two additional experiments which will be added in the near future.
My son really enjoyed making the volcano with the baking soda and water and then experimenting with the colors to make additional eruptions using the food coloring and understanding that you can mix colors together such as yellow and blue to make a green color if you do not have one. The app was easy to understand and the experiments were straightforward and easy to put together even though there were no spoken instructions. The water bottle experiment did provide visual instructions telling you to turn on the lights and spin the bottle to create the water “volcano”.
In terms of enhancements, I would like to see more experiments included within the app. I think the ones that are included are a great starting point, but would like to see more. It would also be nice if in the parent section it contained written instructions – just in case you were having a hard time figuring out how to complete the experiments. In addition, I think that the app should also carry a disclaimer after you complete the experiment that children should not try to make these by themselves in real life as working with electricity is best left to working with a parent.
The app contains a parent locked section which does contain external links to things such as email, but within the app there are no external links or advertising. There are no in-app purchases.
This app would be a great addition to a home schooling parents library as well as the parent of a child who is in preschool to early elementary school. My son and I had a great time trying out the different experiments and especially enjoyed working with the colors to make the volcano. Once you complete the basic experiments, one might consider the app “completed” but I know we went back and talked about the concepts contained within the app and discussed how we could make each of the experiments in real life as well as making them on the iPad. It’s the type of app that really stimulates creative thinking about situations and can bring off the iPad learning to your child.
Code drop Dec 18 (new codes)
Piiig Labsby Piiig Inc.
Category: Education, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPadMini4G, iPad WiFi, iPadFourthGen, iPad 2 3G, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadThirdGen4G, iPad 3G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadThirdGen
Size: 118.18 MB
Screenshots for iPad(Click to enlarge)
NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.