One of the ways to ensure that your kids grow up to become lifelong learners is to nurture their curiosity. Take them to new places, and encourage them to ask lots of questions. It would be fantastic if you could always go outside and explore, but you can also learn new things while indoors with apps like Wikids.
Discover Over 190 Topics
Wikids is an encyclopedia app that contains over 190 entries on a variety of topics like animals, space, the human body, musical instruments, countries, and many more. Each entry is only approximately 80 words in written form, so it's easy to digest. It also includes audio narration and colorful images.
When kids open the app, they can choose to browse the entries by alphabet or by category. They can also cycle between entries using the arrows on the bottom of the screen, or by swiping left or right. If they want to go back to a previous entry, they can tap the eye button on the top of the screen to view all opened entries.
Located on the right side of the screen are three small thumbnails. These are the entries that the app deems relevant to the one currently open. For example, when kids explore "Pilot", the app also suggests "Airplane", "Zeppelin", and "Helicopter".
Once kids have selected an entry, the audio narration automatically plays. They can repeat the narration by tapping the refresh button next to the entry title, or turn it off by tapping the sound button on the bottom of the screen.
Parents Need to Know
Wikids is suitable for all ages, but it's especially engaging for kids ages 3-8 who are curious about the world around them. Because there is a voice-over with every entry, young kids can also join in on the learning with little help from grown-ups.
If you're interested in Wikids, please note that there are several versions of the app available on the App Store:
- Wikids: Animals, Nature, Countries, Landmarks and More contains 120 entries across five categories. It's available as a paid app with no in-app purchases. Download it here.
- Wikids: Space, The Human Body, Musical Instruments, Occupations and Transportation also contains 120 entries across five categories. Available as a paid app with no in-app purchases. Download it here.
- Wikids, Talking Encyclopedia For Kids! has over 190 entries across eight categories. It's free to download, and includes 24 free entries. You unlock the rest of the entries using a one-time in-app purchase. Download it here.
Which one should you get? It depends on your needs. If you want a wider range of topics, Wikids, Talking Encyclopedia For Kids is great value for money. But if your kids are interested in specific topics, like space or transportation, then you might want to get each individual app as needed.
Whichever version you get, note that all Wikids app are free of third-party adverts. Links to external sites, if present, are secured by a parental gate. No Internet connection is necessary to use the app.
Things I Like
Wikids is an excellent app for kids who love to learn new things. While it's fairly basic in terms of features, it packs a good amount of content to make it worthwhile. The topics are things that kids love, such as animals and transportation, and each subject matter is explained in a concise and kid-friendly way. It's also nice that kids don't need to be able to read to enjoy the knowledge presented in the app.
In the future, I would love to see additional interactive media to better illustrate each entry. For example, an entry for "Rocket" might include a video of a rocket launch. I would also like to be able to zoom in on the images, and mark entries as favorites to quickly access them. These features would make the app even more valuable, and solidify its status as our go-to encyclopedia for kids.
I highly recommend Wikids if you're looking for a kid-friendly encyclopedia app. This easy-to-use app explains, in a kid-friendly way, various topics from the human body to countries of the world. The entries are accompanied by pictures and audio narration, so kids of all ages are able to enjoy the app.
App was provided for our honest review.