Animals ! Life sciences educational games for kids in Preschool and Kindergarten by i Learn With

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Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Learn habitats and life science while playing hide-and-seek.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about animals and their traits, habitats, and living habits. They'll also develop listening skills as they follow verbal clues from Baba, the Meerkat. Baba is always available to help and repeat clues as needed. Kids will hear words like mammal, savannah, and jungle, and become familiar with simple maps as they follow the trail left by Bruce, Wanda, and Wendell. Animals ! Life sciences educational games for kids in Preschool and Kindergarten by i Learn With is a fun introduction to life sciences for young learners, combining two favorites -- hide-and-seek and animals.

Ease of Play

Game play is explained with easy-to-follow verbal instructions. Level difficulty increases very gradually. Progress through each level is shown on a progress bar.

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The main game screen has large icons linked to information about the publisher's other apps, or to their Facebook or Twitter pages. The information screen also has a link to the publisher's email address and the ability to rate the game.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Animals ! Life sciences educational games for kids in Preschool and Kindergarten by i Learn With is an engaging and educational life science game that quizzes kids on animal traits and habitats at three levels of difficulty. The premise of the game is for kids to play hide-and-seek with an animal, answering questions about other creatures the hiding animal sees along the way. Level 1 deals with animal appearance, such as claws, fur, and skin. Level 2 deals with animal habitats and where the animals spend their time. Level 3 delves more deeply into habitat information, asking about classifications of animals (mammal, egg-layer, etc.) or what kinds of food they eat.

Though Animals ! Life sciences educational games for kids in Preschool and Kindergarten by i Learn With is offered as a free app, the learning games require a $1.99 in-app purchase. Additionally, other educational games (billed as "prizes" when the rocket ship is tapped) are included in the progress reports.

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What's it about?

The premise of the game is for kids to play hide-and-seek with an animal, answering questions about some other creatures the hiding animal sees along the way. Appearance, deals with animal traits, such as claws, fur, and skin. Habitat deals with where animals live and spend their time. Living Habits, delves more deeply into habitat information, asking about classifications of animals (mammal, lays eggs, etc.) or what kinds of food animals eat. Three levels of difficulty are included within each category. Incorrect answers are corrected with a gentle beep, as the incorrect option turns gray, so if kids don't know the answers, the app will guide them. Baba, the Meerkat, repeats the questions and offers help as needed. The detailed progress reports show what kids have worked on and how many questions they've answered correctly, and compares their scores to the average.

 

Is it any good?

Animals ! Life sciences educational games for kids in Preschool and Kindergarten by i Learn With teaches kids about the physical features, habitats, and habits of animals. As kids play hide-and-seek with three different animals, they learn about life science across several world ecosystems. Incorrect answers are corrected with a gentle beep, so if kids don't know the answers, the app teaches them. Kids can replay the game and learn something new, but because of the small number of animals and habitats covered, activities eventually become repetitive.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • As you see animals in your daily life, talk about each animal's traits and habitat.

  • Make a map of a forest or park near you. Visit the area and mark on the map the places where you see animals.

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For kids who love animals and apps for preschoolers

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