sid-the-science-kidLet’s face it, when it comes to kids and travel there’s just no denying the fact that technology has become a parent’s number one friend, especially on long flights or road trips. Handing over the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to our little ones has become almost a necessity to keep them occupied happily as the miles roll away. Thankfully one area where we still retain some control is over what types of apps and games they play, and it’s helpful to have apps that are both fun and educational, like the new Sid the Science Kid: Sid’s Slide to the Side, installed and ready.

Sid the Science Kid airs weekdays on PBS and the new app features familiar and loved characters, coupled with a new app format called an ‘Appisode’. Appisodes combine a story-based adventure, songs, games, learning activities and characters together so that kids flow from story into activities and back in a way that’s entertaining and keeps them engaged.

In Sid the Science Kid: Sid’s Slide to the Side, kids are introduced to two Livebook™ stories as well as two interactive games – the Push-a-Puck: Learn and Play activity, and the Sid’s Speedway: Educational Go-Kart racing game. The stories and games work together to teach kids aged 3-6 about the scientific principle of friction.

SidApp1I received a code to try out this new app, and my 7-year-old daughter has played with it on both my iPhone 5 and my iPad. She loves being able to both listen and read along with the stories herself, and plays the games over and over again.

There’s an interactive element even just within the stories, as kids are required to touch certain characters or items on the page to keep moving along. This is helpful too for kids who want to either re-listen to certain portions or go back and re-visit parts of the story, so that kids can move along at their own pace. The app moves easily from story to games and back again.

As a parent, I love seeing my kids learn as they play, especially since this app turns travel time into educational time while I’m behind the wheel.

SidApp2There’s a lot of room to turn the lessons learned into real-world ones, since some of the video shown in the app involves real items as well as animated ones. This opens up opportunity to create your own tests to see how different surfaces slide against each other, just as Sid and his friends do in the app.

Sid the Science Kid: Sid’s Slide to the Side is available for $2.99 in the iTunes App Store and can be played on any iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad running iOS version 5 or later. It is optimized for iPhone 5. You can find more information about the app at  http://www.mindshapes.com.

I received a code to try out the Sid the Science Kid: Sid’s Slide to the Side app for free. However, all opinions stated here are either my own or those of my family.

Deb is Traveling Mom’s Director of Operations and writes as Technology TravelingMom, as well as at Just a mom’s take on things…. You can also find her on Twitter – she’s @DebMomOf3.