Ansel and Clair: Jurassic Dinosaurs
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ansel and Clair: Jurassic Dinosaurs is the second in a trilogy of dinosaur apps featuring time-traveling characters Ansel and Clair. Here, Ansel and Clair (who are also the main characters in other apps about different subjects) are visiting the Jurassic Period to learn about seven dinosaurs from that time, including the allosaurus, brachiosaurus, and stegosaurus. Kids don't need to be able to read to play the fun games and learn a lot about the good ol' dino days. Note: The app does allow kids access to email on the iPad for sending dino pics.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- solving puzzles
- making new creations
Engagement, Approach, Support
It's extraordinarily engaging. Kids actually dig for dinosaur bones and then time-travel to the Jurassic Period to interact with live dinos -- they'll be captivated.
Kids learn by playing the many activities, listening to clear verbal information, interacting with fossils and real dinos, taking photos, keeping a journal, and viewing colorful and handy infographics.
Clear instructions and visual prompts help kids navigate this app's features. For kids with reading challenges, this app may be especially user-friendly, as it requires no reading and is visually intuitive.
What's it about?
Kids join alien Ansel and his computer sidekick Clair as they visit a dusty dinosaur dig with a friendly cartoon paleontologist, Dr. Bones. By helping Dr. Bones dig up bones, they're able to travel back in time to the leafy, larger-than-life Jurassic Period to see seven dinosaur species. As they explore, kids listen to fun facts, feed a dinosaur, take pictures, use stickers, and write in a journal. They can even build their own dinosaur. The app offers plenty of dino-pointers and trackers to tap and learn information. By tapping the on-screen backpack, kids access their journals to add their photos or write a note about your favorite dinosaurs. ANSEL AND CLAIR: JURASSIC DINOSAURS is an interactive, fun way to learn about dinosaurs of the Jurassic Period.
Is it any good?
Ansel and Clair: Jurassic Dinosaurs allows kids to absorb complex information about life in the time of the dinosaurs without overwhelming them with too many details or complex vocab. There's even a pronunciation hint that appears above dinosaurs so kids can learn how to say those giant-size names correctly, syllable by syllable. The continents on the globe, the landscape, and the depth of the dinosaur dig all are different from those in the other Ansel and Clair dinosaur apps, reflecting the unique conditions of this period. The app has background music that can be turned off. Ansel and Clair: Jurassic Dinosaurs is a very well designed, interactive learning experience for dinosaur-loving kids that will both delight and inspire them to learn more.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why it's important to study creatures that lived so long ago. What can you learn about today's animals by looking at dinosaurs?
Help your kid use the pronunciation hints to say the name of each dinosaur correctly.
Hide plastic dinosaurs in sand so your kids can dig them up.