I am a huge advocate of open-ended, screen-free play so when Get Qurious sent me their Explorer Box, I wasn't, in all honestly, quite sure how I was going to feel about it. A quick sneak peek into the box before I showed it to the kids, however, had me excited for their reactions and made me realize that I had been too quick to judge augmented reality apps for kids.
So what is Get Qurious? It is an augmented reality app for use on tablets or phones that uses different game pieces to create interactive activities...lots of different activities. You can use the app to scan playing cards depicting different parts of the spaceship to build your own and then fly it through outer space, moving the phone or tablet to move the spaceship.
You can explore different planets by going on a little scavenger hunt for different objects. A second set of cards depicts different characters, planets and mishaps. Children chose one of each to develop storylines, which changes depending on the cards chosen.
And finally 4 different masks can be worn and scanned to insert yourself into the story, which is always fun for kids.
With all of the different options and variations, it's a new game every time you play and the interactive nature of the app means an expansion of the imagination rather than a loss of it.
Take note: This post was sponsored by Get Qurious, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.