Animals and animal sounds are lots of fun for your little one to learn. If you’re looking for an app that practices hand-eye coordination, vocabulary, animal sounds, and more, check out Animal World for some interactive fun.
Animal World – Peekaboo Animals, Games, and Activities for Baby, Toddler, and Preschool Kids by Moo Moo Lab LLC
Ages: 4+ (made for ages 5 and under)
Requires: iOS 7.0 or later
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
Animal World is a great app for little learners. The full version, including 45 animals, can be unlocked as a single purchase ($3.99) or as individual packs ($1.99). It includes four different activities that help with early literacy skills like learning new words, while also targeting developmental milestones like color recognition and fine motor skills. In Peekaboo, find farm animals, circus animals, and bugs/forest animals. Three animals are included in each category’s preview. You’ll hear an animal noise, but the animal remains hidden as you tap to remove its covering. It only takes three tries, so little users won’t get frustrated with a lengthy process. Swipe to continue to the next animal. For more fun, guess which animal will appear by its sound, and practice saying both the animal names and noises. In coloring, create animals full of color and imagination with the app’s animals. Once you’ve completed a picture, you can save the image to your device for easy sharing. The free preview gives you nine animals. As an added bonus, color names are said aloud as your child selects each one, building color recognition skills. In Puzzles, each animal puzzle has four difficulty levels, so you can pick the challenge that is just right for your little one. As skills improve, graduate to the next level, helping build fine motor control. The puzzles use drag-and-drop navigation that also builds hand-eye coordination. As with peekaboo, the animal name is said when each puzzle is completed. Finally, in the Find Me game, animated animals share sounds and movements while your little one chooses the correct animal from the prompt. Hints and praise are used throughout to encourage interaction and learning.
The app’s Info button gives instructions, including tips for using the app, how to play each game, and what the different games are. All parent information is organized in the Parents folder, accessed by a three-second hold to open the folder. The language selection lets you choose from five languages, including English, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Chinese (Mandarin). The language works for all activities, so your little one can learn in the language you’re most comfortable with, or even enjoy practicing a new language. The album lets you access saved pictures from your child’s coloring pages, and the achievements let you track your child’s progress through the “Find Me” games. Developer information includes more about other Moo Moo Labs apps and the developer.
Ready to take the fun off your screen? Check out our Library Make videos for our Button Snake and Two Little Blackbirds Finger Puppets for some animal-inspired fun. Or, try dramatic play inspired by animals, like these games from Gayle’s Preschool Rainbow. Playing Animal Cracker Charades, acting out the animals you eat, can reinforce the animal names and sounds you learned in the app.
For more app recommendations and examples, be sure to join us for App Time at Davis Library, Wednesday mornings at 11:15 AM. Be sure to join us for some of our upcoming animal programs at the library, too! We have animal adoptions, the Raptors of Texas, Wild Things Zoofari, and more. Check out our Engage brochure for our complete program lineup. You can pick up a copy at any Plano Library, too. Happy playing!