We love Duck Duck Moose. Simply put, they make awesome games for kids. WonderBox takes things to the next level and empowers kids to be creators, not just observers. This app is FREE too, which is rare in the world of kid apps — most of the decent ones are paid.
To start things off, parents need to give their child permission to use the app. In the old days, a simple “check the box here” was all that was required. WonderBox takes things one step further and asks parents to record a video giving their child permission to use the app. Yes, it’s a little labor intensive, but some may like the extra layer of security. One person on the App Store reviews did say they thought it was a little “creepy” that Wonderbox forces parents to do this, so this may change by the time you check out the app.
Now onto the substance!
WonderBox has over 3,000 pieces of content for kids to interact with across hundreds of topics ranging from science to entrepreneurship.
Inside each topic is a blank canvas, each with an editor at the bottom that lets kids create whatever scene, product, app, or even business card they are working on. If they make something really impressive, they can share it with you or other family members. (Make sure you’ve done the permission video first; they can’t send anyone a message without it.)
In addition to the creation pages and all of the content designed for learning, there is an interactive “timeline” on each child’s profile page. The timeline is populated with interesting facts updated daily. During my review, it was “Dolphin Day.” The post asked kids to create a scene and record a dolphin voice in honor of saving the mammals.
The timeline is a pretty cool feature and is nice practice (if you can call it that) for the “social media world” kids will jump into in a few years.
Overall, this app is great, especially since it’s currently free. Perhaps you should would hop on over to the App Store and give this a download before they start charging for it. There are also NO in-app purchases to contend with, thankfully.