Article: 20 Great Podcasts for kids that encourage learning, relaxation, science and more!

Article: 20 Great Podcasts for kids that encourage learning, relaxation, science and more!

Entertaining, informative, and kid-friendly podcasts for bedtime, road trips, and more. Best part? They’re screen-free. By Frannie Ucciferri

What if something out there had your kid begging you to turn off the TV or tablet, put away the video games, and listen to a story? It seems practically impossible in today’s media environment. Why would anyone (especially kids who’ve grown up with YouTube and Netflix) bother with screenless entertainment? But with podcasts, “no screens” becomes “no problem.” Podcasts made for — and even by — kids are popping up all over the place.  Check out these 20 great podcasts for kids!  Be sure to check out our previous article on 8 educational podcasts here. 

As always, we encourage you to check out these podcasts prior to listening to them with your child to ensure they are a good fit.

Many adults are already familiar with podcasts, thanks to popular but mature hits such as Serial and Radiolab. But thankfully, podcasters are starting to realize that kids love what they’re doing as much as grown-ups. Teachers are even using them in the classroom. With exciting stories, fascinating facts, and lively sound effects to grab kids’ interest, all you need for an entertaining family-listening experience are some headphones or a set of speakers. Check out these 20 awesome podcasts for kids — including perfect bedtime stories, science exploration, cool news, and more. Plus, find out the best way to get them and use them. (We took our best guess for the target ages but include them as a guide since some of the content can be mature.)

How to Listen

It can be daunting for a first-timer to enter the world of podcasts, but digital tools have made it easier than ever to start listening. Podcasts are available to stream online or with a “podcatcher,” an app you can download specifically for podcasts. Here are some popular options for listening:

  • Podcasts. The original podcast app (only available for Apple iOS).  FREE!
  • Stitcher Radio for Podcasts. “Stitch” together custom podcast playlists with this mobile app
  • Pocket Casts. A mobile app with a sleek, easy-to-use interface
  • SoundCloud. An online audio-streaming platform for podcasts as well as music (also an app)
  • Podbay.fm. Streaming platform specifically for podcasts (app available for Android, but iOS coming soon)
  • NPR One.  Download content and stream via Bluetooth in your car.  Many of the podcasts below are from NPR content

Once you have your favorite app or website, search its library by topic and start exploring everything from science to sports to movies and more. And don’t forget to subscribe! Subscribing lets the app push new episodes directly to your device as soon as they’re available, so you’ll always have the latest update at your fingertips.

Pros and Cons of Podcasts for Kids

On the plus side, podcasts:

  • Boost learning. With engaging hosts and compelling stories, podcasts can be great tools to teach kids about science, history, ethics, and more. Listening to stories helps kids build vocabulary, improve reading skills, and even become more empathetic.
  • Reduce screen time. With podcasts, families can enjoy the same level of engagement, entertainment, and education as screen-based activities without worrying about staring at a screen.
  • Go anywhere. Podcasts are completely portable. You can listen in the car, on the bus, or in a classroom or even while doing chores around the house.
  • Cost nothing. Podcasts don’t have subscription or download fees, so anyone with internet access can listen and download for free. Most podcatcher apps are free, too.
  • Get two thumbs up from kids! Podcasts are designed to hook kids with music, jokes, compelling stories, and more. Some are designed in a serial format with cliffhangers at the end to get kids to tune back in.

On the downside, podcasts:

  • Play lots of ads. Many podcasts run several minutes of ads at the beginning or end. Because they’re often read by the podcast host, the ads can feel like a hard sell.
  • Can be confusing. Many podcasts update regularly, so you can jump right in and start listening. Others are styled like radio or TV shows, so the most recent episode is actually the end of a season. Check whether something is serialized or long-form before listening to the most recent update.
  • Vary in age-appropriateness. The iTunes Store labels podcasts “Explicit” or “Clean,” but even a “Clean” label doesn’t guarantee kid-friendly content. When in doubt, listen first before sharing with your kids.

Luckily we’ve discovered some excellent kid-friendly podcasts that you and your family will love listening to. Here are 20 of our favorites:

For the Whole Family

Dream Big logoDream Big
Precocious 7-year-old Eva Karpman and her mom interview celebs, award winners, and experts in a range of fields each week, with a hope of encouraging young people to find their passion and follow their dreams. The relatable mother-daughter dynamic and the big-name guests make this a fun choice for kids and their parents to listen to together. Best for: Kids

 

Wow in the World logoWow in the World
One of the newest podcasts to hit the scene, NPR’s first show for kids is exactly the sort of engaging, well-produced content you would expect from the leaders in radio and audio series. Hosts Guy Roz and Mindy Thomas exude joy and curiosity while discussing the latest news in science and technology in a way that’s enjoyable for kids and informative for grown-ups. Best for: Kids

 

Book Club for KidsBook Club for Kids
This excellent biweekly podcast features middle schoolers talking about a popular middle-grade or YA book as well as sharing their favorite book recommendations. Public radio figure Kitty Felde runs the discussion, and each episode includes a passage of that week’s book read by a celebrity guest. Best for: Tweens and teens

 

This American Life logoThis American Life
This popular NPR radio show is now also the most downloaded podcast in the country. It combines personal stories, journalism, and even stand-up comedy for an enthralling hour of content. Host Ira Glass does a masterful job of drawing in listeners and weaving together several “acts” or segments on a big, relatable theme. Teens can get easily hooked along with their parents, but keep in mind that many episodes have mature concepts and frequent swearing. Best for: Teens

Best Bedtime Podcasts

Peace Out logoPeace Out
Produced by the same people who do Story Time, this is a gentle podcast that encourages relaxation as well as mindfulness. Great for bedtime, but also any time of day when kids could use a calming activity, this podcast combines breathing exercises with whimsical visualizations for a truly peaceful experience. Best for: Preschoolers and little kids

 

Story Time logoStory Time 
These 10- to 15-minute stories are a perfect way to lull your little one to sleep. The podcast is updated every other week, and each episode contains a kid-friendly story, read by a soothing narrator. Short and sweet, it’s as comforting as listening to your favorite picture book read aloud. Best for: Preschoolers and little kids.  PERFECT for getting bedtime stories in on the go!

 

What If World logoWhat If World
With wacky episode titles such as “What if Legos were alive?” and “What if sharks had legs?,” this series takes ridiculous “what if” questions submitted by young listeners and turns them into a new story every two weeks. Host Eric O’Keefe uses silly voices and crazy characters to capture the imaginations of young listeners with a Mad Libs-like randomness. Best for: Kids

 

Stories Podcast logoStories Podcast
One of the first kids’ podcasts to grasp podcasts’ storytelling capabilities, this podcast is still going strong with kid-friendly renditions of classic stories, fairy tales, and original works. These longer stories with a vivid vocabulary are great for bigger kids past the age for picture books but who still love a good bedtime story. Best for: Big kids

Best Podcasts for Road Trips

The Alien Adventures of Finn CaspianThe Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian
This serialized podcast tells the story of an 8-year-old boy living on an interplanetary space station who explores the galaxy and solves mysteries with his friends. With no violence or edgy content and with two seasons totaling over 13 hours of content, this sci-fi adventure is perfect for long car rides. Best for: Kids and tweens

 

Eleanor AmplifiedEleanor Amplified
Inspired by old-timey radio shows — complete with over-the-top sound effects — this exciting serial podcast follows a plucky journalist who goes on adventures looking for her big scoop. Tweens will love Eleanor’s wit and daring and might even pick up some great messages along the way. There’s even a “Road Trip Edition” episode with the entire first season in a single audio file. Best for: Tweens

 

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel logoThe Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel
This Peabody Award-winning scripted mystery series has been called a Stranger Things for tweens. With a voice cast of actual middle schoolers, a gripping, suspenseful plot, and interactive tie-ins, this story about an 11-year-old searching for his missing friends will keep tweens hooked to the speakers for hours — more than five, to be exact. Best for: Tweens

 

Welcome to Night Vale logoWelcome to Night Vale
Structured like a community radio show for the fictional desert town of Night Vale, the mysterious is ordinary and vice versa in this delightfully eerie series. Both the clever concept and the smooth voice of narrator Cecil Baldwin have helped the show develop a cult-like following. It’s a bit creepy and dark for kids, but older listeners will find it perfect for a nighttime drive along a deserted highway. Best for: Teens

Best Podcasts for Science Lovers

But Why logoBut Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids
Kids are always asking seemingly simple questions that have surprisingly complex answers, such as “Why is the sky blue?” and “Who invented words?” This cute biweekly radio show/podcast takes on answering them. Each episode features several kid-submitted questions, usually on a single theme, and with the help of experts, it gives clear, interesting answers. Best for: Kids

 

Brains On logoBrains On
Similar to But Why, this is another radio show/podcast that takes kid-submitted science questions and answers them with the help of experts. What makes this one different is it tends to skew a bit older, both in its questions and answers, and it has a different kid co-host each week. The result is a fun show that’s as silly as it is educational. Best for: Kids and tweens

 

Tumble logoTumble
Often compared to a kid-friendly Radiolab, this podcast not only addresses fascinating topics but also tries to foster a love of science itself by interviewing scientists about their process and discoveries. The hosts don’t assume that listeners have a science background — but even kids who think they don’t like science may change their minds after listening to this podcast. Best for: Kids and tweens

 

Stuff You Should Know logoStuff You Should Know
From the people behind the award-winning website HowStuffWorks, this frequently updated podcast explains the ins and outs of everyday things from the major (“How Free Speech Works”)  to the mundane (“How Itching Works”). Longer episodes and occasional adult topics such as alcohol, war, and politics make this a better choice for older listeners, but hosts Josh and Chuck keep things engaging and manage to make even complex topics relatable. And with nearly 1,000 episodes in its archive, you might never run out of new things to learn. Best for: Teens

Best Podcasts for Music Fans

Ear Snacks logoEar Snacks
The catchy soundtrack is the star in this delightful podcast from children’s music duo Andrew & Polly (not surprising since the hosts have created songs for Wallykazam! and Sesame Studios). But this funny program also covers a range of topics by talking to actual kids as well as experts, providing thoughtful fun for young ones and their grown-ups. Best for: Preschoolers and little kids

 

The Past & the Curious logoThe Past & the Curious
Reminiscent of the TV show Drunk History (minus the alcohol), this amusing podcast features people telling interesting, little-known stories from history with an emphasis on fun and humor. Although it’s not specifically a music podcast, each episode contains an often-silly song that’s sure to get stuck in your head. There’s even a quiz segment, so kids will learn something, too. Best for: Kids

 

Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child logoSpare the Rock, Spoil the Child
Families can enjoy rock and roll without the downsides with this fun radio show/podcast. Each week there’s a new playlist combining kids’ music from artists such as They Might Be Giants, with kid-appropriate songs from artists that grown-ups will recognize, such as Elvis CostelloThe Ramones, and John Legend. It’s a perfect compromise for parents tired of cheesy kids’ music. Best for: Kids

 

All Songs Considered logoAll Songs Considered
This weekly podcast from NPR covers the latest and greatest in new music with a particular focus on emerging artists and indie musicians. It covers a wide range of genres and even includes artist interviews and live performances. Some songs contain adult themes and explicit language, but teens will love discovering a new favorite that you’ve probably never heard of. Best for: Teens

 

 

About the author

As catalog data coordinator, Frannie Ucciferri assists Common Sense Media’s reviewers and editors in making sure each of more than 29,000 reviews is as complete and comprehensive as possible. Frannie is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she earned a degree in cognitive science and taught a class on her favorite TV show ever, Arrested Development. Her passion for reading and writing is paralleled only by her love of Bay Area sports, especially baseball. When she isn’t playing with her dogs or trying out San Francisco restaurants, you can probably find her watching Pixar moviesParks and Rec, or one of her favorite girl power movies and TV shows.
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 World Of Liberty “Paintings, Planes and Pioneers” by World of Liberty, LLC – Review & Giveaway

World Of Liberty “Paintings, Planes and Pioneers” by World of Liberty, LLC – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

beautiful illustrations, teaching history in a fun and engaging way, encouraging reading comprehension

What we’d love to see…

ability to adjust the number of puzzle pieces, more about each of the characters individually

Summary

Great book to teach us about female pioneers and the important things they brought to the United States and Mexico with their talents.  This story is well done and weaves history into a story which encourages kids to follow along and learn as well as comprehend what they are learning.

Our Rating

World Of Liberty “Paintings, Planes and Pioneers”World Of Liberty “Paintings, Planes and Pioneers” is the third app in the series by World of Liberty.   Each of these interactive storybooks takes you on an adventure which involves the United States and a country connection to another country.  Other apps in the series include It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware and Chicago’s Green River Leads to the Emerald Isle!.  These  universal apps for iOS encourage kids to learn about history in a fun way that doesn’t make them realize they are learning.  This adventure features the state of Kansas and a school field trip to the Air and Space Museum where Liberty learns about Amelia Earhart and her red Vega plane.  The characters in the story are: Liberty Lane (the primary character), her toy eagle Georgie, her toy plane Truman and her dog Ellie as they adventure around the world. Her classmates, Tobi and Mei Li are also featured at the beginning of the story during the field trip and help her make the first connection about Amelia and her flight. Each story features “read to me”, “read to myself” and autoplay modes.  The app also features word highlighting as the text is read along with audio narration and background sounds.

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Liberty learns that Amelia was an explorer who saw her first airplane at the age of 11 at the Iowa State fair.    They go to the state of Kansas to learn more about where Amelia grew up and learn about the capital and that one of the biggest crops for the state is wheat.  Amelia’s childhood home was converted into a museum about her life and her travels.  They make a connection to Mexico which is the next destination in the story and include a toy Vega plan named Bessie from the museum on the trip. While in Mexico they visit Frida Kahlo’s “La Casa Azul” where they learn that Frieda was an art pioneer who loved to paint.  These two ladies were both pioneers in different fields and had a connection to one another.  Unfortunately, Liberty’s computer gets a low battery so the adventure came to an end, meanwhile she is pondering how she can be a “pioneer of something”.  Liberty is excited then to head off with her family to a local air show to cap off the day.  The app also features puzzles which can be completed by the user.

Among my favorite features of the book are the brightly colored images and narration. I really liked how Liberty Lane was interspersed with the story and told it from a first person perspective.  The facts are presented through the story like about the state of Kansas as well as recapping information at the end of the story like Amelia’s nickname like “Old Bessie”, a picture of each of the country flags.  There is also a nice recap on Frida Kaho who loved art and encouraging children to make their own self portrait.  I really liked the questions at the end of the story as well since they made my son think about what he learned as well in the story testing his reading comprehension.  It also helped him to think about how he might be a pioneer or make his own mark on the world.  I also really liked the fact that the story focused on female pioneers – there are not many books like this and it was nice to see a story which helped my kids realize that pioneers can be both female and male. I also love that Liberty and her friends make learning fun! My son had no idea when he was telling me the plot of the story that he had learned so much history!

 

In terms of improvements, I wish that you could choose the number of pieces in the puzzle.  There were quite a few which could be frustrating for a younger user.  I also liked the worksheets on the Liberty Lane webpage for the other books which were helpful for kids to follow along with.  The text can be a bit long for younger kids, but having the book in autoplay mode helps them stay on task and follow along with the story.  I’d also like to see more interaction on each of the individual pages which might help to engage younger readers while they are listening the story being read to them.  I’d also perhaps love to see a more full version of who Amelia Earhart was and her travels around the world – perhaps that will be the next story?

There are no in-app purchases.  Links are protected by a parental gate.  You can turn on and off the background audio with a tap on the main screen.

Overall, this is a well done app that helps kids learn about two female pioneers as well as the connection between the United States and Mexico.  My son learned a few facts from the story and was tested on his comprehension at the end which encouraged him to pay attention and follow along with the story.


World Of Liberty “Paintings, Planes and Pioneers”
World Of Liberty “Paintings, Planes and Pioneers”
by World of Liberty, LLC

Category: Books, Games, Educational, Puzzle
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, 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
Size: 120.23 MB

$0.99USD

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 Presidents vs. Aliens™ By Freecloud Design, Inc. – Review & Giveaway

Presidents vs. Aliens™ By Freecloud Design, Inc. – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

educational, entertaining,

What we’d love to see…

perhaps a level selection, so that the youngest players can have less challenging obstacles.

Summary

A trivia and arcade game that makes learning about US presidents a lot of fun.

Our Rating

 

 

Have you been looking for an effective way for children to memorize presidential facts or to simply become more familiar with US Presidents?  If so, Presidents vs Aliens by Dan Russell-Pinson, creator of award winning apps Monster Physics, Stack the States, and Tower Math, may be just what you are looking for!

 

Presidents vs Aliens is a trivia and arcade game rolled into one.  The object of the game is to defeat the aliens that have gathered over some of America’s monuments. The only ones that can defeat them are the United Presidents, but they need your help.  In order to help them, you need to be able to recognize who the presidents are and know some facts about them.

 

Children who are just starting to learn about the United States presidents can start with the Learn option.  In index card style fashion, children learn about the presidents one at a time starting with George Washington and ending with the current president.  Along with a photograph, information in the index cards include the president’s years of service, their political party, their nickname, their vice presidents, their famous quotes, events they served in, and miscellaneous facts. I personally took a few presidents a day and taught my younger children a little bit about each of them, emphasizing name and photo recognition.  When they became more familiar with the presidents, I introduced them to the app and allowed them to scroll through the information in the Learn option.  The game is best enjoyed when children know enough to answer questions correctly.

To play the game, you first have to set up a profile for each child, entering their name and choosing an avatar.  The profile set-up process also allows you to customize their experience by selecting which questions would be asked in the game.  By default, all questions are selected.  Simply deselect the type of questions you don’t want to be asked.  For my younger ones, I only selected “identify president” which simply asks children to identify the presidents by their photograph.

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After creating their profile, the game begins.  Children will be shown a monument with aliens surrounding it.  The name of the monument can be found at the bottom of the screen.  Next a question and a choice of four presidents appear.  When the correct president is selected, the children get to fling them towards the aliens to hit them.  They can direct the president by tapping and dragging towards the direction they want the president to go.  An arrow appears to help guide them with this.  Once the president has been catapulted, they can help further guide the president’s movements by tilting the screen.  This is especially needed and helpful when there are obstacles they need to go through in order to hit the aliens. There will also be some fun power ups and special objects they can use to defeat the aliens.  The game is over once all the aliens have been hit and removed from the screen.  If children answer at least 50% of the questions correctly, they get to collect a coin with a president on it. After collecting 15 presidents, the bonus game Heads of State is unlocked, where they must identify correctly identify presidents by their photograph.  After collecting 30 presidents, the bonus game Executive Order is unlocked where they get to organize a set of presidents in the order they served.  Once unlocked, children can play the bonus games anytime they wish.

What I love most about Presidents vs Aliens is that it really works out your mind in different ways.  The learning portion provides new information to digest, the trivia portion exercises your memorization skills, and the arcade portion puts your strategizing, problem solving, and logical thinking skills to use.  This game is never boring.

Presidents vs Aliens is a very fun and goofy way to learn about US presidents.   My children enjoyed this game tremendously, as did I.  I noticed they were able to memorize facts more quickly.  The graphics and sounds are fantastic and I loved that the children get to know some of the monuments as well.  There were times the game did get too long for the little ones because the obstacles were more challenging, which means they needed to answer a ton of questions to get through the game.  They did eventually get through it and thankfully the obstacles weren’t always too challenging for them.  The older ones loved the challenge just fine.  Without a doubt, children and adults who want to learn more about US presidents will love this game.  I highly recommend it!


Presidents vs. Aliens®
Presidents vs. Aliens®
by Freecloud Design, Inc.

Category: Education, Family, Educational, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, 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
Size: 137.63 MB

$1.99USD

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Review and Giveaway for Flash & Thunder Interactive Game and Graphic Novel from  INVICTA Challenge

Review and Giveaway for Flash & Thunder Interactive Game and Graphic Novel from INVICTA Challenge

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What we love…

Encourages kids to read, teaches history, inspires leadership skills

Summary

I think Flash & Thunder is a great gift, it will appeal mostly to boys but some of the other INVICTA Challenge stories in the pipeline will appeal to both boys and girls. The story is based on a real-life episode during WW2 and whilst playing the child will learn history, get an insight into leadership skills and how tough it can be to make the right decision. I love that there are so many elements to the game- the detailed action figure, studying the mission cards, reading the maps, reading the story, making choices, watching historical videos and playing the video game.A great value for $34.99 !

Our Rating

 

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Flash & Thunder is the first Interactive Game and Graphic Novel from  INVICTA Challenge. INVICTA Challenge is on a mission to engage kids in reading and inspire them through telling stories about real life American heroes.

Flash & Thunder is set during WW2 and tells the story of Turner Turnbull, a Native American paratrooper, and his incredible leadership during D-Day.

When they open the box the player will find a card describing the INVICTA Challenge, an operations packet with 15 mission cards, 2 maps and a detailed posable 6″ action figure.

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INVICTA is Latin for “the unconquered” and an acronym for the 7 pillars of leadership: Integrity, Nobility, Valor, Initiative, Curiosity, Tenacity and Accountability.  The mission of the company is to tell real life leadership stories and inspire kids to become leaders.

The player must study the operations packet and the maps before reading the novel. The mission cards are glossy full color 2 sided cards that cover  a lot of background information. The player learns about the Nazis, the history of WW2 leading up to D-Day and the planned Allied Invasion. They also learn about the troops on both sides that are involved in the story, their gear and weapons, how they fight, as well as  learning about some of the characters they will encounter. As well as color pictures and maps the cards also have copies of historical black and white photos from the time.

As they read the story they need to make decisions that decide the fate of Turner and his men and affect the course of history. They have to take into consideration what they have learned about the enemy, the terrain and the big picture of the invasion plans. Throughout the book they need to make decisions and try to think like a leader as they replay decisions Turnbull and other leaders had to face. Will the mission succeed or fail? That depends on how well they have studied the operations packet. If they make the right decision the story moves forward, if they make the wrong decision they see the consequences of their action and the mission fails, they can then go back a step to make a different choice.

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After studying the operations packet and reading the graphic novel they can go online to INVICTAChallenge.com. They have created nearly 30 videos that bring the operations packet to life putting the story in historical perspective and showing video clips from the time. They can also play an interactive video game which is an animated digital version of the graphic novel. The online content will become available in app form soon.

INVICTA-Challenge_two-paratroopers-on-ipad_WEBOverall, I think Flash & Thunder is a great gift, it will appeal mostly to boys but some of the other INVICTA Challenge stories in the pipeline will appeal to both boys and girls. The story is based on a real-life episode during WW2 and whilst playing the child will learn history, get an insight into leadership skills and how tough it can be to make the right decision. I love that there are so many elements to the game- the detailed action figure, studying the mission cards, reading the maps, reading the story, making choices, watching historical videos and playing the video game. I love products that encourage children to read and with this game if they want to succeed they can’t just jump into playing the video game they really need to read the mission cards and study the maps first to guide them in the decision process. A great value for $34.99 !

Available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon and the National WW2 Museum.

Note from INVICTA Challenge: In honor of our first hero, we helped create a Turner Turnbull Scholarship with the Chahta Foundation, a nonprofit that works alongside the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. We donate a portion of our game sales to this scholarship supporting a Choctaw Nation student in his or her 2nd year of college.

 

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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

 

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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