Dinosaurs 360

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Comprehensive image gallery of three dozen dinosaurs.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn to identify dinosaurs by name and era in Dinosaurs 360. Kids can develop their memory skills as they view the images of each dinosaur and its name and can test that memory in the quiz. Kids will use spatial reasoning skills to piece an image of a dinosaur back together in the puzzle component. The images are realistic, and kids interested in dinosaurs will enjoy seeing them beautifully rendered in their habitat. While Dinosaurs 360 is a visually engaging app, some kids may prefer a more multisensory experience.

Ease of Play

The app is quite easy to navigate. Kids tap on various icons to bring up quizzes, sound effects, and information, and drag to explore the photo gallery.

Violence & Scariness

Kids can click on an icon to hear dinosaur sound effects, including some heavy roars from the carnivores. Some of the more formidable carnivores (T-rex, Allosaurus) might be scary to very young kids.

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Language
Consumerism

This free app is ad-supported, which means that a small ad banner appears along the bottom of the screen at all times.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dinosaurs 360 is a photo collection featuring three dozen different dinosaurs, as well as with simple activities like puzzles and quizzes. The app isn't text heavy, but does offer basic information about each dinosaur like what it ate and its weight and size, along with a chart that compares a silhouette of the dinosaur to that of a person to give a sense of scale. The app is free with an ever-present ad bar along the bottom of the screen.

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What's it about?

Dinosaurs 360 offers beautiful images of dinosaurs in their habitats and panoramic images of each prehistoric era's dinosaurs and landscape. The app has four components: a flash-card-like section identifies dinosaurs by name and picture; a tour of each prehistoric era shows the dinosaurs that lived in that period in their habitats; a quiz tests identification memory; and a puzzle pieces together an image of a dinosaur. The only sound in the app is the noise each dinosaur may have made. Ads appear on the bottom of the screen in this free app.

Is it any good?

You won't learn everything there is to know about dinosaurs with the DINOSAURS 360 since there's very little text. As a visual collection, though, it's a great resource. For each dinosaur in the database there are three computer-generated "action" photos showing the dinosaur in its natural habitat, along with dinosaur puzzles, a panorama mode that places all dinosaurs from the same time period together, and a quiz that involves identifying the picture of the correct species.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Visit a natural history museum or check out a dinosaur book at the library to see dinosaur fossils and read together about the types of dinosaurs and prehistoric time periods.

  • Check out other dinosaur apps together. Dinosaur fanatics will love Ultimate Dinopedia.

App details

For kids who love science

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