A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that DRAWNIMAL by YATATOY is an alphabet app with a creative twist: Kids use real paper and pencil to draw around the device and add to a picture of an animal that appears on-screen. Each letter of the alphabet begins the name of animated animal, and the animals come to life with a tap. Letters and animal names are spoken, and users have a choice of six languages. It's possible that a couple of the animations might startle more sensitive kids or toddlers, though most will be delighted. It's entertaining for little kids with or without the drawing component, but its simplicity might not engage kids long-term. There are five available language options: play in English, Spanish, German, French, or Italian.
What's it about?
DRAWNIMAL BY YATATOY tells kids to set their devices on paper and select a letter. They'll see a suggested drawing to make around the screen. Then they'll tap, and an animal's face will appear while the letter and name of the animal is spoken (T for tiger). When a kid taps again, the animal moves and makes a sound.
Is it any good?
Visually appealing in its simplicity, DRAWNIMAL by YATATOY takes a unique approach to teaching the alphabet. Kids will enjoy recreating the suggested drawings and creating some of their own. After a few times through the alphabet, however, it's likely the app will lose its appeal, and there are no customization options to expand play.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about other animals or objects that begin with certain letters. Which animals begin with C? Which letter do you think "dog" starts with?
Encourage your kids to draw their own pictures (either on paper or digitally), and help them label each with the beginning letter.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition
- Price: $1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: June 30, 2014
- Category: Education
- Topics: Wild animals
- Size: 32.30 MB
- Publisher: Lucas Zanotto
- Version: 1.3.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6 or later
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