Ginkgo Dino: Dinosaurs World Game for Children

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Whimsical, prehistoric adventure fun for dino enthusiasts.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about dinosaurs and flying and marine reptiles by reading, listening, and watching animations. Encyclopedia is a bit text-heavy for the target age group, but there are supportive graphics and animations to help keep things interesting for younger kids. Body-size comparison lets kids tap on a picture to compare the size of a dinosaur to something familiar such as a mouse or a dog. The option to have text bubbles appear in sync with the audio is an excellent way to accommodate different learning styles.

Ease of Play

Kids might not know to tap the icons twice to make them work. Otherwise, navigation is seamless.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ginkgo Dino: Dinosaurs World Game for Children is an exploratory game and encyclopedia. The game is open-ended and lets kids explore and move about a prehistoric world at their own pace. The encyclopedia is packed with scientific information about dinosaurs and other reptiles. Because the encyclopedia is text-heavy, some kids might not be able to absorb all the information, but there are visual supports that help a bit. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In GINKGO DINO: DINOSAURS WORLD GAME FOR CHILDREN, kids can either choose to play the game or read and listen to the encyclopedia. In the game, Ginkgo narrates a journey through an ancient forest where dinosaurs and other reptiles live. Kids drag their fingers across the screen to move through the forest. They can stop to visit and learn about the various creatures that live in the forest, or they can tap twinkling stars to hear stories and watch animations. The encyclopedia includes detailed information about each creature from the forest, with interactive graphics and brief animations to show the movement of different body parts.

Is it any good?

This colorfully designed resource is packed with scientific information and exploratory learning, but there could be a better balance between text and gameplay. Kids who have a passion to learn all they can about dinosaurs will likely spend a lot of time visiting the ancient forest and paging through the encyclopedia in Ginkgo Dino: Dinosaurs World Game for Children. Less passionate kids with only a spark of curiosity might not be satisfied with the limited gaming opportunities.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of studying animals of the past and what we can learn about Earth's history. How does Ginkgo Dino: Dinosaurs World Game for Children help you learn more?

  • Make a scaled timeline with kids to help show how long ago Cretaceous creatures lived.

  • Talk about how paleontologists use clues to guess what dinosaurs looked like. Encourage kids to make up their own dinosaurs or explore other resources to learn more.

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