ZOOLA Animals

 
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Animal photos and sounds are a hoot for little ones.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Moving from animal to animal via large icons at the bottom of the screen is simple. Some of the youngest users of this app may inadvertently return to the main habitat groups screen by touching the image of any animal.

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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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • naming

Science

  • animals

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Emotional Development

  • empathy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The animal pictures and sounds in this ultra-easy app will both delight and teach the youngest apps fans -- even toddlers -- the wonders of the animal kingdom.

Learning Approach

Zoola Animals help kids learn the names of animals and the sounds they make. With parent prompting, toddlers can also begin to distinguish between male, female, and baby animals.

Support

There's an option to submit your own photos with your own pets. Zoola Animals is available in 18 languages.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • naming

Science

  • animals

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Emotional Development

  • empathy

Kids can learn the names of animals and the sounds they make. ZOOLA Animals can also help toddlers begin to distinguish between male, female, and baby animals, as well as build empathy for other living creatures by viewing photos of them together and with their human friends. The app's games help toddlers practice puzzle completion, listening skills, and matching. ZOOLA Animals combines lovable images with a few basic lessons for little ones.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Say the animal name when your toddler taps on a photo if he or she doesn't know it already.

  • Vocalize the animal sounds, too, and your toddler will find the app even more fun.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
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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  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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