Britannica Kids: Rainforests

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Interactive tool with games, videos, and lots of learning.





What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is fairly easy to navigate but uses a scroll-wheel to move between sections, which is a little unwieldy.

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One of the tabs in the table of contents advertises other Britannica apps for purchase. Users can opt to share updates through Facebook and Twitter.

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Privacy & safety

The map feature uses location to pinpoint your location on a satellite map to see how far you are away from rain forests. Also, users can opt to share updates through Facebook and Twitter.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Britannica Kids: Rainforests is an accessible reference guide for information about the world's rain forests, including rain forest ecosystems; the animals, plants and people who live there; and environmental threats and challenges. In addition to text, photos, and videos there are also a handful of rain forest-themed interactive games including a quiz, jigsaw puzzles, and memory match.

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Kids interact with BRITANNICA KIDS: RAINFORESTS by using a scroll-wheel that pops up from the bottom of the screen, which is an awkward way to navigate to the different sections of the app. However, this is the only complaint with what is otherwise a visually appealing and highly educational reference tool. In addition to interactive games and videos, kids can also click on highlighted words in the text for pop-up definitions of words like "photosynthesis," "drought," and "canopy."

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:February 17, 2011
Publisher:Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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