There’s a great big world out there to explore with all kinds of interesting things, even in your own backyard. Monkey Spot Scavenger Hunts is a new kid’s app that offers various scavenger hunts designed for kids to snap pictures with an iPhone to collect each item. Scavenger Hunts do a good job of getting you out and about, and thinking about the world, and what could fit each clue. Monkey Spot Scavenger Hunts takes it up a notch with specifically aggregated challenges that call for items that kids can find. There’s always room for interpretation as well, and each item requires kids to interact with the world.
Monkey Spot Scavenger Hunts features seven scavenger hunts that include finding items of the alphabet, spotting items while in the car, or finding science in the everyday world. Checking off items in a hunt is as simple as tapping on the clue from the clue list, and selecting the camera. The app doesn’t check the answers, and allows that to be done intrinsically by kids, or with parents or teachers. There’s an additional hint system for each clue in case a kid gets stumped, and there are also suggestions of what to snap. The app offers up a great system for kids to be engaged in each hunt that can also fit in particular situations like out to eat, at a museum, or riding in the car.
The app offers such a simple interface for anyone to fill in the scavenger hunts, and make it appealing to do so. Once a list is complete, you can create a slideshow of each image plus the included text. Each of the seven hunts allows for completely unique answers, so there’s always fresh ideas. It would be neat to have some type of recognition engine to identify if your snapshots are correct. With that said, the inclusion of the detective hunt to create your own story more than makes up for it.
Monkey Spot Scavenger Hunts (Free, iPhone) is a great kid’s app that actually inspires use and exploration making it well worth picking up. The app features additional lists as in-app purchases, but the seven included for free offers great value.