What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Peekaboo Wild is a colorful educational app which teaches the names of ten animals in either English or Spanish. The app uses the game of peek-a-boo to teach kids, and does it by having the animals hide in the tall grass while making a sound. There is a link on the options screen to more apps, but once the app is running there is no way to go online within the app.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
Engagement, Approach, Support
Cute, colorful animal illustrations will charm younger kids. Animal sounds play while the animals are hidden behind a tall stand of grass, so children can guess the animal before revealing it. What's not to like?
A peek-a-boo game teaches the names of 10 African animals; kids identify their sounds and then associate them with the animal. Repetition reinforces identification. Baked-in language learning with English and Spanish versions.
Kids can hear animal names in either English or Spanish.
What's it about?
PEEKABOO WILD uses the game of peek-a-boo to teach 10 animal names. Kids tap on the shaking grass to see which animal is behind it. Is it the giraffe or maybe the crocodile? The grass opens to reveal the animal, which roars or maybe grunts. The animal name appears in lowercase letters and kids hear the name in English or Spanish. Kids tap on the animal to move to the next surprise behind the grass.
Is it any good?
Peekaboo Wild is very cute—the colorful animal illustrations are hidden by a stand of tall grass, and each time the grass comes down there is a different animal shown. The animal sounds (which can be turned off) will play while the animal is hidden behind the grass, so children can guess what the animal is before revealing the picture. Children can learn the names of these ten animals, and then the screen shows all of them together. The animal names can be learned in English or Spanish.
Given that there are only ten animals, this app seems a little pricey. However, what it does, it does well with bright illustrations and sounds. This is an app that would be good for very young children, but older children may quickly grow bored with it.
Families can talk about...
Play along with your kids. Ask them to describe each animal. What color is it? Is it tall or short?
If your kids love animals, look for books and games that introduce a broader range of animals from different habitats and different parts of the world.