ABC Wildlife

Common Sense Media says

Kids learn ABCs and animal names via videos and photos.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is well designed for small children, with only a few different places to tap and no way to get lost or misdirected. It is very easy to get back to the ABC screen, but children can also jump to another word by tapping a letter in a word.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

There's a detailed privacy policy available on the developer's website, and kids won't need to save info or log in at any time. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that ABC Wildlife is an innovative teaching app about animals from A to Z. The app links to YouTube videos that are curated by the Peapod Labs staff and are chosen to be interesting and safe for kids. The app teaches the alphabet using images and videos and allows kids to jump to new words by tapping the letters. There's also an iPad-specific version.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • naming
  • vocabulary

Skills

Communication

  • listening

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Colorful, easy-to-understand activities and videos should keep kids interested, especially those who are crazy about animals.

Learning Approach

Kids will learn the letters and see how letters come together to make words -- in this case, the names of animals. Kids also will learn fascinating facts about wild animals by watching videos, or parents can play along with nonreaders to read a fact about each animal, found by clicking the exclamation point on the screen.

Support

The app has a corresponding website that contains a FAQ, a blog, and extra activities that families can do together.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • naming
  • vocabulary

Skills

Communication

  • listening

Kids can learn letters and letter sounds at the beginnings of words and can learn a variety of animals and facts about those animals. Kids will find much to explore as they swipe through the screens and view pictures and videos of the different animals. The app weaves the high-interest topic of wild animals in with the alphabet, reinforcing learning letters. This engaging app will help kids appreciate wildlife while they learn the alphabet.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

Kids choose letters and see several wildlife animals that start with that letter. They choose a square for one of the animals -- like aardvark, agouti, alligator, ant, or anteater for A -- and then see the word spelled out. Kids can scroll through several pictures of the animal and watch a video about the animal, watch a video of the animal in its habitat, or interact with a picture of the animal. Kids can also choose a different letter in the word to go to a screen showing animals that start with that letter.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

ABC WILDLIFE is an innovative app that teaches the ABCs. The app starts with a grid showing letters of the alphabet and at least one word for each letter. Tap on a letter to bring up an animal starting with that letter, or tap a specific animal name to jump to that animal. Each animal is accompanied by a photo, the word (with letters held up by little cartoon people), and a voice reads the initial letter and then the word itself. After a brief pause, another little cartoon person pops down holding a screen, which the child can tap to watch a video about that animal.

Tapping any of the letters held by the people jumps to another animal that starts with that letter, and the process repeats. Also, tapping the "abc" button jumps back to the alphabet grid, and the grayed-out squares are replaced by thumbnails of the images already viewed. It's a fantastic app that allows kids to learn the alphabet while watching entertaining videos and exploring links. The app is self-contained and doesn't present any options or settings screens, making it very kid-friendly.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about animals in real life. Ask your kids to list animals that might live in your area's habitat and see if they can spot one.

  • Ask your kid what their favorite animal is. Why? Take a look at some animal charities to see if that fave animal needs help.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:January 28, 2011
Category:Education
Publisher:Peapod Labs LLC
Version:2.3
Minimum software requirements:Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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