An Amazing Day At The Zoo

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Video clips make this a fun learning tool for young kids.

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The app is a very passive one, requiring users to simply watch and flip pages. Even toddlers will be able to control this app.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that An Amazing Day At The Zoo is an educational tool meant to increase children's awareness of animals. The app uses a story format, told from the perspective of Sarah, a young girl who "took pictures" during her most recent trip to the zoo and relays facts about the animals as well as her own thoughts. Rather than static shots of the lions, elephants, pandas, and other animals, the app contains video loops of the creatures in their habitats. The information about each animal is very basic, though, so it is best used with preschoolers. (Most kids over six will probably know most of what's being explained.)

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Is it any good?

An Amazing Day At The Zoo isn't exactly amazing, but it's not bad. The app's use of video footage of real animals is a nice surprise, versus the usual still or animated pictures so many other apps offer. The information, however, is basic and likely will only interest very young children. Older kids will already know most of the facts (i.e. pandas are from China, baby kangaroos are called joeys, crocodiles have strong tails). The narration might also appeal to young viewers, but it could quickly grate on adult ears. Most disappointing, though, is the app's lack of interaction. Aside from flipping pages, there's nothing for users to do but sit and watch -- which puts this behind the curve in the educational app space.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $4.99
  • Release date: February 22, 2011
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Imaginatronics LLC
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: OS 4.0 or later

For kids who love animals

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