Joyful Animals for Kids HD
iPad App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
If one thing is for certain, it’s that there will never be a shortage of educational apps on the App Store. However, most of these apps help children learn the alphabet or practice math skills. If you’re looking for an app that helps them learn about animals and nature, this is the one for you.
Concept and Functionality:
Joyful Animals for Kids HD is a pleasant deviation from the usual educational app. While many focus on math or the alphabet, this is the first I’ve seen where kids are quizzed on critters instead of crunching numbers. What a pleasant relief it is, too! Joyful Animals for Kids HD requires children to identify different parts of animals and where they live in the wild and includes a slew of gorgeous animations that make the app a stunning visual treat.
To start, children can choose which kinds of animals they want to identify. The first category, At Lawn, is immediately available. However, the other two Joyful Animals for Kids HD categories (In Africa and On the Farm) must be unlocked individually via in-app purchase. Each category includes seven creatures to play with. While this might be sufficient for younger children, I found it extremely easy to complete all of the available creature puzzles fairly quickly.
To complete a creature puzzle, children must pick an animal part from the menu on the right side of the screen and drag it to the appropriate place on the animal or insect. This might be frustrating at first, though, because the recognition window isn’t very big. This means children have to align pieces almost perfectly in order for the puzzle to recognize it. Once all of the parts are placed, a multiple-choice question asks where the animals habitat is located.
One of my favorite things about Joyful Animals for Kids HD is the fact that it really makes children think. For example, it’s not as easy as quickly dragging and dropping parts in their place. Only one of the three randomly generated parts is correct, so children have to choose wisely. Plus the mini quiz regarding habitat is something most young children probably don’t realize they already know.
One thing I do want to mention, though, is the fact that I think Joyful Animals for Kids HD needs some sort of brief tutorial for first-time users. Also, it would be great to be able to interact with animals once a category is completed. Currently there isn’t a way for kids to go back and redo a puzzle, meaning they’re pretty much stuck unless you unlock another category or reset the game.
Joyful Animals for Kids HD is available to download for free from the App Store and is definitely worth a look if you want your child to learn more about nature and animals.
Joyful Animals for Kids HD is compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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