Coral Reef by Tinybop
By Dana Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
See and hear the wonders of reef life, no snorkel required.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Animals and plants that create the coral reef ecosystem. Life cycles and how other animals help dead animals decompose in the ocean. In-app labels and the parent guide that's downloadable from the developer's website add to the learning.
Ease of Play
Very easy to use. Open-ended play like other Tinybop apps, but this one's a bit simpler, which isn't a bad thing.
Violence & Scariness
Sharks are violent creatures; there's blood in the water when they eat. Watching scavengers eat dead carcasses (even those of sharks) is never pretty.
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Products & Purchases
"Make Creatures" icon in the middle of the intro screen is actually a promotion for another Tinybop app. Tap on it and it opens to a page with many Tinybop apps. Swipe two fingers to access purchasing on the app store.
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Coral Reef by Tinybop
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What’s It About?
To play CORAL REEF BY TINYBOP, tap the Play icon, and then watch as a coral reef appears and a hand guides where to tap next. Swipe or tap a sea animal or plant to move it or cause it to interact with other animals and plants in the scene. Return to the selection screen to choose scenes: Cleaner Fish, Seagrass, Parrotfish, Blacktip Reef Shark, Box Jellyfish, Peacock Mantis Shrimp, and Linckia Sea Star. Tap on the label icon to view the vocabulary terms, tap "en" to choose a language, and tap the sound icon to mute sounds.
Is It Any Good?
Based on the natural beauty of coral reefs that's quickly vanishing, this app is a work of art for kids. Coral Reef by Tinybop uses visuals, sounds, actions, and labels to help kids learn about many aspects of reef life -- from the tiny plants and particles that make up the base of reef ecosystems to large reef sharks and all sizes of animals in between. Kids will likely love hearing the clicking sounds made by shrimp, helping little crabs, and seeing how the sun interacts with the world under the waves. Some kids may not love seeing how a shark catches its prey and how a shark carcass decomposes, but the app definitely shows it like it happens in the wild world under the sea. By exploring the reef on Coral Reefs by Tinybop, perhaps more kids will grow up with a desire to preserve the real ones.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how Coral Reef by Tinybop brings users into the undersea world. Ask your kid to describe what they see and what they hear on the app. What do they imagine it would feel like to be a diver in each scene?
If your child is particularly fascinated by one of the sea creatures featured on Coral Reef, find other online or real-life resources to learn more.
Download the parent guide for more ways to explore this app and the topic of coral reefs with your kids.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Science: animals, ecosystems and the environment, life cycle, plants
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: investigation, part-whole relationships
- Pricing structure: Paid ($2.99)
- Release date: February 22, 2018
- Category: Education
- Topics: Ocean Creatures, Science and Nature
- Publisher: Tinybop
- Version: 1.0.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
- Last updated: February 12, 2020
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