Mammals by Tinybop

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Discover the amazing biology of animals from the inside out.

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn about the life systems of some mammals, large and small. As kids explore mammals through the interactive visuals, they can learn about part-whole relationships related to biology, predator-prey relationships, gestation, birth, and more.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play. Audio instructions and audio content related to the anatomy vocabulary tags may make play even easier and more meaningful.

Violence & Scariness

Normal wild-animal feeding behavior -- such as an animated tiger killing a mouse with its claw and a bat eating a frog -- is shown in the interactive features.

Sexy Stuff

Correct terminology given for parts of the urogenital system of some featured animals. 

Language
Consumerism

There's a "Play more and save 20 percent" promo on the Dashboard screen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mammals by Tinybop is an interactive app that helps kids learn about what makes an animal a mammal. The ninth app in Tinybop's Explorers' Library, Mammals highlights the systems -- skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, urogenital -- of various mammals in ways that show kids what the animal looks like on the inside and what those systems do for the animal. Kids can watch a baby kangaroo drink milk in its mother's pouch, remove all the bones from a tiger, see the world through a bat's sense of echolocation, help an elephant use its trunk to spray water, and much more. Informational labels on featured animals can appear in more than 50 languages. 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?

To play MAMMALS BY TINYBOP, first swipe through the four animal icon options: tiger, kangaroo, elephant, and bat. Choose a color for your icon, and enter your name on the Dashboard. Tap an animal on the main screen to select an up-close view along with options to learn about some or all of these systems: skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, urogenital, and digestive systems by tapping on the available icons representing each system. Tap on the animal to watch and listen to it move. Tap on a part of the animal's body to see its features and watch it interact with other animals and objects. For example, tap the elephant's trunk, move a bucket of water to the trunk to watch it drink the water, and make a water spout. On any screen that includes a tag, tap on it to view the anatomy vocabulary ("tusk," "trunk"). Tap on the baby on the left side of the animal's main screen to view its gestating baby eating through the umbilical cord, and keep tapping to make it grow to its eventual birth. More animals are "coming soon" at the time of this review.

Is it any good?

Most kids love learning about animals of all kinds, and this exploration app helps them discover how mammals breathe, eat, poop, grow, birth and feed babies, and more. The interactive images, animations, and viewpoints on Mammals by Tinybop give kids a unique way to explore animal biology. Labels can be viewed in more than 50 languages and help kids learn science-related vocabulary. While kids can learn a lot from this app, it never feels like a lesson, only a fun way to explore the inner and outer worlds of these fascinating creatures. The online Mammals Handbook on Tinybop's website is an excellent resource for parents and teachers to help kids dig deeper into the topic.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the discussion questions and extra info in Tinybop's online Mammals by Tinybop handbook.

  • Discuss what makes humans mammals. What's similar about us and the animals on this app, and what's different?

  • Find some videos online of these animals in their natural habitats. Talk about what each animal needs in its environment to live there.

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