This is my body - Anatomy for kids

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Excellent interactive resource for a range of ages.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about growth, body temperature, the senses, and six of the body systems: digestive, respiratory, circulatory, muscular, nervous, and skeletal. For each body system, kids learn the general names and functions of different organs, as well as how their body systems work to keep them healthy. Some of the graphics are animated, which helps kids visualize body functions. For example, while learning about the nervous system, kids can drag a needle to their avatar's hand, and an animation shows how the nerves sense the needle prick and send a signal to the brain. This is my body offers kids an engaging, interactive introduction to anatomy.

Ease of Play

Content is well-organized into distinct categories. Some navigation is tricky, so kids may need a little time to familiarize themselves with the different activities. 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Actual reproductive structures are not shown, but the joining of sperm and egg is discussed in the section about human growth. Sometimes the avatar appears in underpants, but this setting can be adjusted. 

Language
Consumerism

The Parents' Info section includes an ad for another app from the developer. Users have to solve a math problem to access a link to the app. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that This is my body - Anatomy for kids is an interactive learning tool that helps kids learn about the human body. Kids can tap and swipe to explore different body systems and learn about growth and the five senses. Since the app is made for younger kids, details and images related to the reproductive system are kept at an age-appropriate level. Sometimes kids get audio instructions and explanations, which is helpful for kids who aren't fluent readers. The content of the on-screen text is kid-friendly, but a lot of it is written in cursive, which can be difficult for many kids to read. Older kids will enjoy the "smarty-pants" sections, where they can read higher-level information about particular parts of the body. 

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What's it about?

Kids start by choosing an avatar and dragging a measuring tape to measure the avatar's height. They can swipe to navigate to different pages and learn more about human growth. Kids can access a content menu at any time by tapping on an icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen. The menu includes categories such as Breathing, Heartbeat, I Am Hungry, My Skeleton, and more. Each content area has two hidden stars. When kids collect all the stars by completing activities, they earn a certificate. There is a Parents' Info section that explains how to change settings, but at the time of this review, this section was incomplete.

Is it any good?

THIS IS MY BODY - ANATOMY FOR KIDS does a great job of keeping information age-appropriate and simple enough for young kids to understand. Colorful graphics and lots of interactivity are engaging, and it's fun for kids to collect stars and earn a certificate. Some of the navigation can be tricky and a little confusing at first. For example, on one page kids can drag a cup of milk to their avatar's mouth and watch the milk make its way through the digestive system. Kids have to tilt the cup at just the right angle to get the milk to pour, which can take several attempts. But overall, the app is a fun way to introduce the human body to young kids. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about organ systems as kids learn about them. For example, as kids learn about the circulatory system, ask them why the heart is important. 

  • As kids do the activities related to bones and muscles, have them point to the bones and muscles on their own bodies. 

App details

For kids who love health and science

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