Peekaboo Wild

Common Sense Media says

Fun way to learn 10 wild animal names and sounds.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Peekaboo Wild has a few options that can be adjusted, but the app itself shows a screen with tall grass. Tap on the grass, and it clears away, revealing an animal. After the animal is named, the grass comes back up and will reveal another animal. There is no way to select a specific animal.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

There is a link on the Options Screen for "More Games" which has links to the App Store.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Peekaboo Wild is a colorful educational app which teaches the names of ten animals in either English or Spanish. The app uses the game of peek-a-boo to teach kids, and does it by having the animals hide in the tall grass while making a sound. There is a link on the options screen to more apps, but once the app is running there is no way to go online within the app.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • vocabulary

Science

  • animals

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Cute, colorful animal illustrations will charm younger kids. Animal sounds play while the animals are hidden behind a tall stand of grass, so children can guess the animal before revealing it. What's not to like?

Learning Approach

A peek-a-boo game teaches the names of 10 African animals; kids identify their sounds and then associate them with the animal. Repetition reinforces identification. Baked-in language learning with English and Spanish versions.

Support

Kids can hear animal names in either English or Spanish. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • vocabulary

Science

  • animals

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Kids can learn the names of 10 animals from the African savannah. Some, like lion, will be more familiar than others, like hyena. While the pictures of the animals are kind of cartoony, the animal sounds are pretty realistic. Each animal only gets labeled once, but kids can cycle through over and over to see and hear each repeatedly. A neat feature for kids who already know this set of animals is to set the app to give names in Spanish. Though simple, Peekaboo Wild is a sweet learning game for kids who love animals.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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What's it about?

PEEKABOO WILD uses the game of peek-a-boo to teach 10 animal names. Kids tap on the shaking grass to see which animal is behind it. Is it the giraffe or maybe the crocodile? The grass opens to reveal the animal, which roars or maybe grunts. The animal name appears in lowercase letters and kids hear the name in English or Spanish. Kids tap on the animal to move to the next surprise behind the grass.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Peekaboo Wild is very cute—the colorful animal illustrations are hidden by a stand of tall grass, and each time the grass comes down there is a different animal shown. The animal sounds (which can be turned off) will play while the animal is hidden behind the grass, so children can guess what the animal is before revealing the picture. Children can learn the names of these ten animals, and then the screen shows all of them together. The animal names can be learned in English or Spanish.

Given that there are only ten animals, this app seems a little pricey. However, what it does, it does well with bright illustrations and sounds. This is an app that would be good for very young children, but older children may quickly grow bored with it.

Families can talk about...

  • Play along with your kids. Ask them to describe each animal. What color is it? Is it tall or short?

  • If your kids love animals, look for books and games that introduce a broader range of animals from different habitats and different parts of the world.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:April 6, 2010
Category:Education
Publisher:Night & Day Studios, Inc.
Version:1.0.2
Minimum software requirements:Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

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Kid, 1 years old December 22, 2011
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Family favorite

We got this app because my son has been enjoying Peek A Boo Barn, the predecessor for this app, since he was 6 months old. This one is even better! He loves the animal sounds and now makes the animal noises himself. And I wonder what people think in the store when they hear me tell him that we can't have baboon right now, which is what he now calls my iPhone as a result of this app! And I love that it's interactive.

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