Plants HD




Memorable games, photos foster understanding of life cycle.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to use, although the large "Play" button in the middle of the home screen may be mistaken for the only option on that screen when, in fact, to go to any of the other topic areas, kids must tap on the icons surrounding the Play tab.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Plants HD is a solid, effective educational app for kids who need to learn about the life cycle of plants. This app isn't likely going to earn big fun points or be played time and again by most kids, unless a kid has a keen interest in plants. But as a learning tool, it's likely to grow a kid's knowledge of plants. The photos, graphics, interactive quizzes and games, as well as narrated, solidly scientific information is a vast improvement over drier, textbook-style resources on the topic.

What kids can learn



  • life cycle
  • plants


Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Engagement, Approach, Support


Even though Plants HD doesn't include activities kids may consider tons of fun, it presents the life cycle of plants in a memorable way and reinforces the lesson with engaging photos, an organizing game, and quizzes.

Learning Approach

As a science resource, Plants HD is solid, although some of the more complex plant vocabulary included may be a stretch for younger students. The app is quite text-heavy but narration is included, except for quiz questions.


You can turn music off or on, and there's a "read along" option for beginning readers. Some offline, real plant-based extension activities could be a valuable addition to Plants HD.

What kids can learn



  • life cycle
  • plants


Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Kids can learn basic information about the life cycle of plants, as well as other trivia and facts on science topics related to plants, such as bees. Plants HD is designed in a way that highlights the part-whole relationships that make up the life cycle of plants and explains why plants are so important to the natural world and to human life. Overall effectiveness, stickiness, and fun could be vastly improved by adding some extension activities, such as instructions for offline activities like planting seeds or plant identification. Still, Plants HD is an informative and kid-friendly primer on plant science.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

In Plants HD, kids tap on the icons ("plants and trees," "flowers," "germination," "pollination," "fruits," "seeds," "dispersal") and then learn about that subject through reading or looking at images related to the topic chosen. Fun facts ("It takes 50 leaves to create enough energy to make an apple.") help kids retain concepts, which they are later tested on in three levels of quizzes. Music can be turned off or on, and there's a "read along" option for beginning readers.

Is it any good?


The life cycle of plants comes to life on PLANTS HD in a way that is likely to make a more memorable impression on most kids learning about this topic than more traditional resources. The game in which kids have to place images of the cycle in order is particularly helpful, and the photos with fun facts are pretty and interesting. Kids can earn coins by answering questions correctly, and the quizzes are challenging but not frustratingly so. Kids don't need to be a botanist to enjoy this app, nor will they be one after finishing playing it. But what they're likely to get from this app is a better understanding of the plant life cycle, appreciation for the beauty of plants, and some fun facts to impress you with the next time you're in the park or garden exploring nature together.

Families can talk about...

  • Plants HD is text-heavy, so if your kid is still a growing reader, you may want to consider reading the information to him or her, or turning on the read-along option.

  • Get some seeds and help your child plant, water, and grow a plant.

App details

Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:February 4, 2012
Topics:Science and nature
Size:21.20 MB
Publisher:Sprout Labs
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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Parent Written byJanaki Kowtha February 3, 2012

Keep the kids entertained for quite some time!

My daughter has really taken to the Plants HD app. I have been teaching her about plants life cycle through books and videos, but until now had no interest in. Plants HD through beautiful illustrations, adorable animation and creative music, it immediately got my daughter hooked on to playing as well as learning. This app is a great resource for teaching young children and of course it is sure to keep the kids entertained for quite some time!
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