My 9-year-old son likes factoids and we are often waiting at pick ups for his older sisters or before his soccer game. My son would usually kill the time playing a game on the iPad but I like the FREE Parent&Child KidQ app more. It’s quick. It’s fun. It’s educational!
The app is meant as a way to converse with your child by providing questions like:
- Why do feet smell (my son likes potty humor so this makes him giggle)
- Why is California named The Golden State (hint: gold rush)
- Why do you think they freeze hockey pucks before games (hint: friction. fun fact: the first hockey pucks were actually frozen cow poop!)
- What is the most popular team sport in the United States? (hint: hoop)
- Why do you think Johnny Appleseed is famous? (hint: apple trees. fun fact: only one tree that he planted remains — it’s more than 180 years old and sits on a farm in Nova, Ohio)
While these questions don’t necessary spark a lively conversation with my son — his answers are typically, “I don’t know” — we both enjoy the answer and the fun factoids that accompany each question. The questions he is most interested in remind me to track down a book for him on this topic.
There is a setting in which you can get one question sent to you daily at a time you set, but we like to play it like a game, pulling up question after question until our time is up.
Typically, I’m the one reading the question, answer and fun facts to my son, but I don’t mind if he plays the app himself. It’s READING, after all! And the questions cover a range of topics from science, geography, sports, social studies and history.
Do you want to try Parent&Child KidQ app? It’s free! Download it here.
How do you fill time spent waiting in the car with kids at pick ups? Please share!
I’ve partnered with Scholastic for this sponsored post on Parent&Child KidQ app. As always, my opinions and views are my own.