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I’ve always said that not all screen time is the same. There’s a big difference between passive screen time where content is being consumed compared to interactive screen time that requires kids to interact with quality educational content. With kids’ screen time averaging more than four hours a day, parents are increasingly concerned about what their kids are doing with their devices. The new Highlights Every Day app for iOS and Android devices delivers high-quality engaging content that kids will love and parents will approve of since it fosters age appropriate interactive learning in kids ages six and up.
Using Highlights Every Day
Through videos and quizzes, engaging fiction and non-fiction, fun puzzles that build skills and stretch young minds, and the iconic Hidden Pictures puzzle featured in Highlights magazine, a classic children’s favorite goes digital and becomes even more engaging than its print companion.
Each day when your child taps to pen the app, they’re presented with a wrapped gift to open.
Tapping on the gift releases up to five new pieces of content that can include a mix of activities to read, watch, and do. The more kids use the app, the more activities they accumulate. While this sounds addictive, it is but in the best way! The gift feature is a great way to keep kids coming back to the app daily for new and engaging learning experiences.
The 5 new pieces of content are added into the mix and kids can play them immediately navigate through the other content on the screen by either swiping left or right or using the icons at the top that include videos, stories, puzzles, and quizzes.
Exclusive videos, including joke reels, animated learning clips, and Ask Highlights Kids shorts. Who Am I videos are presented like riddles where kids have to use clues to guess the object, Make It are how-tos that inspire kids to make anything from sticky bun butter to fuzzy friend magnets, while others allow them to learn new information, social emotional skills like dealing with mean friends, or even new jokes to add to their repertoire.
The stories meet the ability of a wide range of reading skills by providing the chance for the stories to be read to them, auto playing, or being read independently.
For stories that are read to kids or auto play, passages are highlighted as they’re being read to help foster sight word recognition as they follow along. A variety of different kinds of stories keep readers engaged and wanting to learn more thanks to nonfiction text, fun fictional stories, poems, and even BrainPlays that require kids to use critical thinking skills. Kids will be drawn to the different kinds of reading content thanks to the colorful illustrations or photographs that appear on the app.
Puzzles like the well known skill-building Hidden Pictures® become even more fun in the app since kids can tap on the differences between the pictures, get an automatic count of the differences found, and receive hints.
When kids tap on a found object, they’re rewarded with sparkles, a chime sound, and the item is outlined in red and then checked off on the left hand side of the screen that lists the objects they’re looking for.
Many of the puzzles are “spot the difference” that teach visual discrimination by placing pictures side by side and kids finding the differences between the two. It can be a bit hard to see the objects on a mobile phone screen since two images are presented side by side. When kids tap on a difference, they’re rewarded with sparkles, a chime sound, and the item is highlighted with a white outline.
You can pinch to zoom in but the image quality gets a bit fuzzier and more difficult to see, especially in the more detailed puzzles. Unfortunately, any found differences aren’t saved when kids move from puzzle to puzzle when working on either spot the difference or Hidden Pictures. Regardless, the puzzles are still fun and great for visual discrimination practice.
The interactive quizzes not only get them thinking but are a fun way to incorporate reading skills in a way that make them feel empowered about what they know or complete fun personality based assessments.
The daily surprises, easy to navigate format, and familiarity of content to those who subscribe to the print magazine makes Highlights Every Day a huge hit for kids six and older thanks to a wealth of engaging content that makes learning fun. Whether used on a phone or tablet, it’s an app that’s well worth the subscription price of $7.99/month after your 30 day trial ends because of the 5 pieces of new content that kids can access daily.
Highlights Every Day is available now via iTunes and Google Play, with a seven-day free trial. For more information on Highlights for Children’s digital offerings, check out other Highlights apps or connect with Highlights at Facebook.com/HighlightsForChildren and on Pinterest.com/FunWithAPurpose.
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Just in time for summer learning, Highlights is providing a gift bag full of reading and puzzle fun worth $50! To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below.
I was compensated for my time evaluating, reviewing, and hosting a giveaway by Highlights Every Day but all opinions are my own. Images courtesy of Highlights.