A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about animal diets, lifespans, habitats, and more. They can get just the facts in profiles of the 142 species at the site, or do activities that apply the info in meaningful ways, like determining an animal's best habitat or creating a new species and writing stories about whatever head-leg-tail combo kids make. Parents should prepare for endless rounds of "Did you know...?" With options for structured and independent play and some funny animal videos, the site offers lots to curious kids.
Getting to know the animals in the world and their habitats with fun games and cute reinforment along the way provides kids with a entertaining and positive experience.
Products & Purchases
The site does use Google ads on the side bar of every page.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that because this site is in the kids.us domain, there are no outbound links. While there is not any real advertising, the expanded CD version of SwitchZoo is advertised for sale. However, kids will have so much fun with the free online version they may never notice.
Is It Any Good?
At first you might think this is a simple "head of a bear, legs of a giraffe, tail of a crocodile" mix 'n' match game. It is, but there is more depth to it than that, as you'll see. Once you've gotten pretty good at the basics, you can step up the complexity by applying to be a zookeeper. You'll need to find 34 "hidden" animals around the site.
The site uses Flash, and there is an extensive "Help" section if you have problems displaying the animals. You can also title and print your pictures.
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