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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that ZOOLA Animals is a preschool app that teaches kids about animals by showing them pictures, letting them hear the animal's sound, and identifying the animal in the photo. This app is sort of like a 21st century version of the See n' Say pull-the-string toy. The app is generally easy to use, but some toddlers and even preschoolers may inadvertently return to the main habitat-groups screen by touching the image of the animal instead of viewing additional photos of the animal found at the bottom of the screen. Nothing fancy, but for kids who love animals (and don't they all?), this app will entertain as well as educate. A "lite" version is available for free, so you can try that one before buying this full version. This review is based on the iOS version of the app; a similar app called ZOOLA - Animal game for kids is available for Android devices.
What's it about?
Toddlers can tap any of the 12 beautiful animal photos on the main screen to view a larger photo of the animal and hear its sound. Then tap on one of four icons on the screen with the larger photo to view more photos of the same animal as a male, female, or baby, or in a scene with a human or animal companion. ZOOLA ANIMALS has more than 400 photos in all. It also has memory, puzzle, and Simon Says games, and an option to submit your own photos with your pets.
Is it any good?
The animal pictures and sounds in ZOOLA Animals, an ultra-easy app, will both delight and teach the youngest apps fans -- even toddlers. The photos of daddy, mommy, and baby animals on farms, in forests, the sea, and other wild habitats are still images, so if your kids are expecting to see animals hopping or swimming around, that's a no go. The animal sounds are realistic, and the name of each animal is said by a narrator with a simple touch of the speaker icon. Especially adorable are the photos found under the red heart icon, which show animals nuzzling and caring for each other in loving ways.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Science: animals
Language & Reading: naming
- Skills: Emotional Development: empathy
Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
- Price: $3.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: October 8, 2012
- Category: Education
- Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Horses and Farm Animals, Ocean Creatures, Wild Animals
- Size: 93.70 MB
- Publisher: Best kids Apps
- Version: 3.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later; Android 2.1 and up
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