Grandpa in Space is an out of this world intergalactic space adventure for iOS by Fairlady Media featuring nine destinations in the solar system with 10 mini games and 18 space themed video’s. This app features ten mini games including: shape lander, memory match, build a rocket, alien addition, clean up the ship, sort by height, fix the satellite, rhyme race, asteroid blaster, and opposites. Each mini game features a specific educational skill ranging from counting, sorting, lining up objects by height (tallest to shortest), matching, listening to sounds, and landing objects. Skills practiced in the app include: fine motor, math, sorting, reading, building and more. The app is targeted at children in early elementary school. The app allows you to customize the app based on your child’s skill level so that you can “turn off” the harder games that your child may not have mastered the skills for as well as turning on and off the music. It is designed for children from age five to eight although I think some of the higher level games could appeal to children older than eight especially if they were interested in the solar system.
Within the app after you click “play” you choose a planet for your mission. Once you select a planet, you see a splash screen which tells you basic facts about the planet and then allows you to move on to a rocket building game. After building the rocket, you go off into space and then play a variety of mini games to successfully complete the mission.
My son loved the videos in the app as he loves anything that has to do with space. We used it as an opportunity to practice the names of the planets as well as practicing the various mini games contained within. He enjoyed the spaceship game which was the precursor to each planet activity through the galaxy. After completing the activity for the planet or “mission” you earn a souvenir for the trip.
In terms of improvements, my son did hit the “menu” button several times in the mini games by accident as it is somewhat close to the parts especially in the rocket ship game which was the first part of any of the mini games to bring you to the specific planet. In the rocket ship game he wanted to be able to steer the rocket ship while it traveled to the next mini game which in this most recent case was rhyming. It would also be nice while piloting the rocket ship if there was an avatar to show your child in the ship as well. A “hint” function might be helpful for some of the more complex games especially if your child is not familiar with the words or what it means. It might also be nice to have a box to hold the souvenirs earned from each of the planets which are lost when you close out of the app. It would also be nice to see a parental dashboard that shows which games your child has played and how long it took them to successfully achieve the mission.
The app contains a parental gate which requires you to enter a series of numbers. Behind the gate there are links to social media, iTunes and email. In addition, there is a settings menu which allows you to customize the app and turn on and off specific mini games based on your child’s skill level. Fairlady Media does not collect any personal information within the applications and complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Act.
Overall, this app provided lots of intergalactic fun for my kindergartener once I was able to customize it to his skill level. The variety of skills learned in the app including counting, opposites, addition, sorting/categorizing, memory, as well as lots of great space vocabulary.
Grandpa In Spaceby Fairlady Media
Category: Education, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76
Size: 103.92 MB
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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.