Curious about Get Qurious? Augmented Reality Technology is Child’s Play
Who can forget that Pokemon Go craze of 2016? For most of us, this was our first glimpse into Augmented Reality Technology (and we probably didn’t even know it). It sounds so futuristic and complicated, but basically it’s where the virtual world and the physical world meet. This is exactly what you get with Get Qurious.
You know that feeling you get when you’re in the drive-thru and you get to the window and the clerk tells you that the car in front of you has paid for your meal? Well that’s the same kind of feeling I get when I receive goodies in the mail. It’s not life changing, but it feels good. Needless to say, I was delighted to be asked to review the Get Qurious Explorer Box .
The box we received is designed for 4-8 year olds. My oldest grandson is just 3, but he was able to catch on quickly – in fact, quicker than I did. I’m still amazed at how intuitive kids are about technology. However, at this age, he still requires a little adult assistance, especially since it involves a phone or an iPad. Before you start, you’ll need to download the Get Qurious Explorer Box app. (I’m one of those kool-aid drinking Apple fans so I didn’t even check to see if it was Android compatible).
The first thing I noticed is how vibrant and colorful the box is. The packaging is fantastic and only added to the excitement of unboxing it to discover what was inside.
Included in the box are story cards; masks, and treasure maps. There are four different activities – Build a Story, Build a Spaceship, Mask Play and Treasure Hunt. All of these are designed to support and strengthen problem solving, reading, communication, science, math, art, engineering and, of course, technology.
Build a Story was definitely our favorite. A story begins and the app prompts you to choose your character, transportation, location, a friend, and a problem to solve. These are all chosen from the story cards. The fascination with the animation, combined with the hands on activity, makes this a pretty engaging recipe for learning. It was fun to watch him ponder and make choices about who and what to include in his story. It turns out Manu is well liked and gets to be involved in most of the stories.
The Treasure Hunt was the most challenging but once we got the hang of it, it became a runner up for his favorite. Well, I suppose it was really a tie between Treasure Hunt and Mask Play. Although he enjoyed Build a Spaceship, the associated cards look similar enough to a 3 year old that it was sometimes confusing.
Finding products designed to build critical thinking skills yet also keep the cool factor can be a challenge. I love that this is not just a digital “toy”, but is a real avenue to foster creativity, curiosity, and imagination. The fact that they have blended technology and traditional story-telling to inspire learning is clever and very appreciated. At $15.99 for a single box purchase, the value far exceeds the price. It’s worth a quick visit to Get Qurious to learn more about this innovative way to combine learning with play. You won’t be disappointed.
I’m a big fan of products that integrate nuggets of science, technology, engineering, art and math into everyday play. It’s like adding broccoli disguised as “trees” to their dinner plate. Make it fun and attitudes will change. You can read more about STEM activities for preschoolers on a previous post.
Disclaimer: I was provided a free product in return for an honest review. This in no way influenced my thoughts and opinions. This review is based on my personal experience along with my grandson.