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

Common Sense Media says

Learn habitats and life science while playing hide-and-seek.

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What parents need to know

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.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

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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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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • animals

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • deduction
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • effort

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Combining animals with a game of hide-and-seek will appeal to the preschool and kinder set, but the format varies little from game-to-game and level-to-level, so kids may become bored before playing all levels.

Learning Approach

Each level gets progressively more challenging and the content gets deeper, moving from animal traits to habitats to living habits. Kids will easily remember facts about each animal.

Support

Progress reports show what kids have worked on as well as how they compare to others in their age group. All instructions are delivered verbally, and Baba, the Meerkat, repeats instructions and offers tips.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • animals

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • deduction
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • effort

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

App details

Devices:iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:November 24, 2013
Category:Education
Size:41.10 MB
Publisher:Tribal Nova
Version:1.7.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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