We’re designing our first Android app.
It’s a game app, which works like this: the home screen (the one in the mockup) has the person’s avatar and options like settings. There are certain tasks in the activity screen. For example, “Help parents with cooking.” When this is done, you can check it off in the activity screen. The achievements screen has a history of all previous achievements, details, etc.
The mockup is attached.
My concern is about the bottom bar. I added the bottom bar, to be a constant on all screens, because it makes intuitive sense for navigation—you don’t have to navigate back to the home screen everytime you need to go from say, achievements to activity screen. I’ve read a lot of stuff that says this is bad practice for Android, and to use action bars instead. But this is a kids’ app, and I’d like to keep the icons big, bold, distinctive and also in line with the general feel of the app.
Is what I have in the pic even a bottom bar? How else should I do things?