This non-fiction title is chock-full of interesting facts and inspiration for young philosophers aged 6-10+. Featuring facts and activities for young learners in elementary school, this app presents the basics of philosophical thought for the very young. The format, digitally, is more like an eBook (iBooks/Kindle) vs an app with interactive elements.
Children can tap for more information, to hear the page narrated or turn to the next page. There is no animation or other 'special effects' which may disappoint some users of the iPad. However, this is a solid app with great information that would be ideal for classroom use in particular. Any teacher of philosophy at the elementary level would find this app a useful resource. There are several other editions (seven so far) of this "ThinkAboutIt" series for exploration.
Overall, this is a good series for educational use, while a bit 'underwhelming' for iPad users expecting the 'wow' factor. These apps are purely designed for educational use (homeschool or classrooom), so should not be judged against entertainment apps. With this lens, this app series is exceptional, providing concrete facts about philosophical reasoning and historical philosophers.
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Amy Leask/Mark Hughes
Enable Training and Consulting, Inc.
15 - 20 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 6 - 10 +
What kid doesn’t love to ask “Why?” As most parents have noticed, children are natural philosophers, and even little thinkers can come up with some amazing questions. Indulge your child’s natural curiosity (as well as your own), and introduce them to some amazing ideas with ThinkAboutIt: Philosophy for Kids!
Join our charming and intrepid narrator, Sophia the Wise, as she thinks her way through some of the biggest (and coolest) questions human beings have ever asked. Meet famous philosophers, and try amazing ideas out for yourself with interactive activities.
ThinkAboutIt apps are great for philosophers aged 7-10. They’re also great for sharing with younger siblings, and are lots of fun for bigger thinkers too!
Come explore “Let The Thinking Begin”, the first in the series. Find out what philosophy is, how to do it, and how it can make you a better thinker.
- Introduction to some of the most important (and most interesting) questions in philosophy
- Interviews with great thinkers from throughout history and around the world
- Full-color, animated illustrations
- Fully-narrated, for kids who like to listen and follow along
- Cool facts about great minds
- Interactive map and timeline
- Easy-to-use, engaging activities
- Suggestions for discussion, journal writing, and even drawing