Mika's Adventure


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Developed by:zuuka Inc.


Overview

Ages 6-8 

“A dream is about to come true for Mika: For the first time in his life, he sets out to accompany his granny on one of her expeditions. On the day of their first joint exploration, the two have discovered a forest no one knew about to date. They anchor their airship, the Albatross, in the top branches of the highest trees and make their slow descent into the emerald green thick brush.” And just as Mika has much to discover and experience along the way, so too does the reader. With its feast of interactive animations and challenging puzzles, this new app immerses you in Mika's adventure throughout—delivering a brand new kind of reading experience. (iTunes)


Get Ready

Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities:

  1. Title Talk:Discuss the title of this book, Mika’s Adventure and ask your child what they think the title means. 
  2. Introduction to the Keyword: Expedition 
    • Define Expedition. Grab a dictionary or google the word to teach your child how to locate and define words they may not be familiar with. Give some examples of expeditions your child may have been on. Why is it important to explore remote areas of the world?

Dive In

Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities. 

  1. Keening Your Senses:After reading a page, have your child close their eyes and describe what they observed on the page before. With the sound effects turned on, press interactive images to enhance their visualization. 
  2. Reading Symbols:Mika discovers a rock covered with whimsical symbols, which we guess might signify a sign post. Ask your child if they agree? What would they interpret the symbols to mean?

Branch Out

Extend the app experience with these real life activities:

  1. History of Women Explorers:Mika’s grandmother in the story was introduced as a researcher. Locate the book Women Explorers by Julia Cummins to introduce your child to the many fascinating and daring women in history who explored some of the most remote areas of the world.
  2. Time for an Expedition:It’s time for you and your child to go on an expedition! Help them prepare by making a list of things needed to go on your journey, such as a notebook/journal and pencil, a camera, a collection bag or container, some tags or tape with markers, etc. Sample expeditions could be around your neighborhood, or to the park for nature exploring, a grocery store for symbols and signage exploring, or use your imagination to visit a place you have never been before to make it even more challenging. 
  3. Creating an Archival Collection:Now that you’ve returned from your expedition, help your child create an archive of their collection and findings. A journal or scrapbook dated on each page with the mission and results recording is a great way to open up your child's imagination and observe the world differently.
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