Animal World - Animal Sounds For Kids

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Exploratory romp is a fun but too tame intro to animals.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn some basic information about a wide range of animals. Kids will hear the names and sounds of and some simple facts about 80 different animals. Simple memory games get kids interacting with the new information and may help them remember the animals' names. Offscreen family activities encourage creative exploration and family bonding. With 16 language options, kids can also learn animal names in multiple languages.

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Audio instructions and a floating hand telling kids where to tap make interaction easy.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Animal World - Animal Sounds For Kids introduces young kids to a wide range of animals from eight different habitats or groups. Hear the sounds they make and learn a few fun facts about each animal. There are some memory-recall and musical-exploration games, as well as a collection of offscreen activities to do as a family. The whole app is available in 16 languages; some languages come already installed, and others can be downloaded from the settings menu and will take up a bit of additional memory space. Kids must pass through a parent gate that requires reading to access the family activity or to access the device's share options to send pictures of their favorite animals. Parents also can create multiple user accounts and review some basic data on how their kids are interacting with the app. At the time of review, the music game didn't always function (there was no sound). Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Explore ANIMAL WORLD - ANIMAL SOUNDS FOR KIDS to meet up to 80 animals and hear some basic information about them. There are eight groupings -- forest, farm, insects, and the like -- each with a collection of 10 animals. Tap on the animal to learn its name, hear the sound it makes, and listen to a few fun facts about it. Each group has a few interactive games, including some families can play offscreen. In the gated parent materials, adults can toggle the sound on and off, set up multiple profiles, and track kids' progress.

Is it any good?

Kids almost universally love animals, so most will enjoy this basic introduction to nature's amazing variety of creatures, but a bit more realism and interaction would improve it. Animal World - Animal Sounds For Kids has some nice features, like the family activities that get parents and kids playing together and using their imaginations. The many language options also make the app accessible for a wide variety of families and for parents looking to introduce their kids to some animal vocabulary in a new language. The graphics, though generally cute, feel sometimes like too much like caricatures of the animals they represent. Some groupings are not quite accurate -- for example, the bear is in the jungle with the lion, crocodile, and so on. Though it sometimes worked, the music game was occasionally silent during this review. Overall, though there's nothing that would make this app inappropriate for young kids, it all seems just ho-hum. With more realism, interesting tidbits, accurate groupings or graphical depictions, and a more creative use of the screen, this app could go from tame to wildly fun. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the animals kids meet in Animal World - Animal Sounds For Kids. Have kids repeat each new animal's name and ask what they learned about that animal. Talk about any encounters kids have had with the animal, whether at the zoo, at the park, at a friend's house, or in a book.

  • Encourage kids to explore and appreciate the animal kingdom in as many ways as possible. Read books, watch TV documentaries, visit local farms, or walk in the park.

  • Let kids get creative and have them use their body movement and voices to pretend to be different animals. Slither and hiss like a snake, hop like a bunny, or roar like a lion.

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