The goal in Space Pop is to pop as many on-screen bubbles as possible. Bubbles fill the room in “rounds,” with bursts of bubbles entering the screen at intervals and in varying patterns. The player needs only to touch the bubbles in order to pop them, and he is able to fly around the screen by standing in front of the Kinect sensor and flapping his arms. Putting his arms back down at his sides will cause him to descend, while holding them out straight will allow him to hover in place. The player can move from side to side in the game by simply leaning left and right. At the end of each round, the player is awarded a score depending on the number of bubbles popped. Because this game is easy to play, features no violence or inappropriate content, and requires no reading or other academic skills, it comes recommended for players ages 5 and up.
Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.
This game helps children practice their Flexibility skills, as they must act quickly to maneuver themselves and pop as many bubbles as possible. Bubbles enter the screen in bursts, and players are given only a limited amount of time to pop them, so they must think and move quickly in order to pop them all. With each burst, the bubbles appear in different patterns, changing in layout across three planes of the screen. If players do not remain flexible, they will have trouble adapting to the various patterns and may not be able to maneuver quickly enough and pop the bubbles before time runs out.
Use this PlayTogether guide to learn how you can help your child turn Kinect Adventures: Space Pop play time into a positive learning and relationship-building experience. To learn more about why playing games with your children is so important, check out our Science of Play page!
Take a minute to talk with your child about how the Flexibility thinking skill works, and why it is important for success in school and at home.
Kinect Adventures: Space Pop can be experienced as both a single player, and multiplayer game, so the best way to play with your child is to play cooperatively. Because Kinect Adventures: Space Pop lets players enjoy the action simultaneously, both players can work together to meet our gameplay goals. Take a moment to examine the goals below and see if you can meet each one with your child.
Our Make it Real activites are designed to transform your child’s gameplay into real-world improvements in thinking and academic skills. If you’re just getting started with LearningWorks for Kids, we suggest you try them all to find which are the best for you and your child.
Read over the page for Flexibility. Then take some time to introduce this thinking skill to your child.
Invent new games with your child. Take the rules from one game and add them to another. For example, play a memory game in which you must match three pieces rather than two, or a basketball shooting game in which you get two, three, four, or five points depending upon the type of shot you make. Talk about the need to create different strategies once the rules or conditions of a situation change.
Children with ADHD can benefit greatly from vigorous physical activities. Studies show that extended physical exertion can positively effect brain chemistry in a way the boosts attention and memory. Exercising can create a post-workout boost of brain fuel in the areas of the brain for memory and focus. You this temporary boost of attention to good effect by following the strategies below:
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