Children learn about the animal kingdom as part of their early education. The animal world acts as a fascinating subject matter that sparks some interest in all children, whether they fall in love with the wild lions and tigers, or the domesticated cats and dogs. With Wild Animal Quiz by StoneDesign, children ages 2-8 can quiz themselves on which voice matches with which animal on the screen. Using your Apple device of choice, children take the time to interact with a machine, proving their retention skills by testing their memory repeatedly.
Wild Animal Quiz begins by bringing users to a page that allows them to choose their desired language. Tap the flag to choose the language, or tap the Help button to the right to read the game’s instructions in said language. Though the game is rather self-explanatory, taking a look at the instructions never hurts.
Then, when you begin, you will find three photos of various animals placed across the screen, much like flashcards. Set up like a guessing game, users will learn to associate the animals on screen with the sounds they hear. Tap the “Animal Voice” button on the screen, then choose which animal corresponds. Each game will focus on 15 of the 20 animals featured within the application, including bears, dolphins, ducks, lions, owls, toads and whales. For those who answer all the questions right, they will be rewarded with a gold trophy at the end of the game. And, for older children and parents, the timer feature can add in an extra challenge.
Before a child can ever use Wildlife Animal Quiz effectively, they have to already have some background on such animals or else they will be entirely lost. And, from the perspective of a generation that didn’t depend on technology to substitute as a teacher when humans wouldn’t do it themselves, we learned everything from our parents, teachers, books and educational programming. But better than anything else, we learned from experience.
When parents used to want to teach their children about animals, they would take them to a zoo, or at least the local pet store. However, our world is much too fast-paced for parents to even have time to take their children on the educational trips that may define their interests later on in life. Perhaps if you are indeed such a busy parent, you should also put the iPhone aside and take some time to interact with people – your family! Because if you have access to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you certainly do not live under a rock, and can probably also gain access to a zoo just as easily (or at least a pet store or shelter). Maybe your iPhone can even provide the directions. How’s that for a win-win situation?
Wild Animal Quiz [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.