What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ansel and Clair: Triassic Dinosaurs is the third in a trilogy of dinosaur apps featuring time-traveling characters Ansel and Clair. In this app, Ansel and Clair (who also are the main characters in other apps about different subjects) are visiting the Triassic Period to learn about dinosaurs from that time, including the plateosaurus, ichthyosaur, and the eodromaeus (the earliest ancestor of the Tyrannosaurus rex!). Kids don't need to be able to read to play the fun games and learn a lot about dinosaurs with this interactive app. Ansel and Clair: Triassic Dinosaurs is a very well designed learning experience for dinosaur-loving kids that will both delight them and inspire them to learn even more.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- solving puzzles
- making new creations
Engagement, Approach, Support
This super-engaging app brings dinosaur digs, time travel, and the Triassic Period to life for kids, challenging them to master just-hard-enough facts and vocabulary and offering interactive experiences.
Kids learn by playing the many activities, listening to clear verbal information, and viewing colorful infographics. Kids also can reinforce what they've learned by taking photos and writing about them in the journal.
Clear instructions and visual prompts help kids navigate the 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 can go on a dusty dinosaur dig with a friendly cartoon paleontologist, Dr. Bones, or travel back in time to the Triassic Period with the unique dinosaurs that lived during this time and see Pangea, the supercontinent. After creating an account, kids begin on the main page and decide what they'd like to do: listen to fun facts, feed a dinosaur, take pictures, use stickers, or write in a journal. They can even build their own dinosaurs and complete a puzzle to learn about the life cycle of ferns.
Is it any good?
ANSEL AND CLAIR: TRIASSIC DINOSAURS engages kids in a way that allows them to absorb complex information about life in the times of the dinosaurs without overwhelming them with heavy vocabulary or too many details. 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 the other Ansel and Clair dinosaur apps, reflecting the unique conditions of this period. If there's one bone to pick, it may be with the over-the-top background music and the song that plays during the introduction and at various points in the game. This can be turned off, which makes for a much more calm, focused experience.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why it's important to study creatures that aren't around anymore. What can dinos tell us about today's animals?
Lots of kids have a favorite dinosaur; use the app to see if a particular dino appeals to your kid.