We’re celebrating Dinovember with a fun dinosaur-themed learning app! With games scaled for both preschool and primary audiences, this app is a great way to practice shapes, color recognition, fine motor skills, and even visual perception.
Dino Tim: Basic Math Games, Preschool Activities by Antonio Munoz German (EducaGames)
Requires: iOS 6.0 or later or Android 2.3 and up
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android
Dino Tim is an adorable dinosaur turned superhero, on a mission to help the good witch turn all the bad witches into harmless, silly animals. How does he do it? By collecting shapes and number to mix the good witch’s potions. A combination of skills-based practice and arcade style gameplay work together to earn the needed stars. While you play, you’ll be working on identifying common shapes like squares or triangles, as well as practicing colors. The drag-and-drop navigation, combined with the moving challenges to collect items, will help your child build hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. No instructions are given, but the games are visually based so even the youngest players know what to do. If you get stuck, a large visual appears on the screen as a guide.
Basic features are customizable on the home screen. The flag icon opens the language menu, where you can choose from 15 different languages. The gear icon opens the settings menu, which allows you to turn the sound on or off. Both stars in the bottom center of the home screen and the “Our Games” option will link directly to the App Store, without any additional parental blocks. Disabling in-app purchases does not block either option.
Your level is automatically set based on the age you enter in the starting menu: easy for ages 2-5, and normal for ages 6-12. If you want to change the level, simply return to this menu and input a different age. The play screen will give you two options: playing puzzles by type or progressing through the missions. The puzzle zone, found in the top right corner, features all the puzzles found in standard gameplay. You can rotate blocks to create shapes, match numerals with their visual representation, and solve basic math problems. As you progress through the mission, additional puzzles are unlocked in your play and in the puzzle zone. Use the home icon in the top left corner to return to the main screen.
To start a mission, choose one of the two available houses. An additional house, as well as a magic portal, are available once you earn enough stars . Inside, the good which shares a bubble that shows what shape or number she needs. You’ll have to complete one or more random puzzles to practice your skills. Once you’ve successfully completed the puzzle, the game play portal opens. Navigate your dinosaur up, down, and around to collect the desired item while avoiding gremlins and incorrect answers. The more you collect, the more stars you earn. The witch will then add everything to create her potion, unlocking an animal part for the bad witch’s transformation. Successfully completing a house transforms the bad witch, unlocks a bonus game, and earns a new character for play.
Games are progressively harder based on your age. For younger kids, most games focus on just one concept, like collecting all the triangles. For older kids, additional levels are added, like collecting only red triangles. Interactive potions make your dinosaur larger or smaller, or give him different powers, and gremlins and incorrect answers slow you down. You can replay the bonus games to earn more stars, or you can restart your progress on any of the witches for additional practice.
Ready to take the fun off your screen? There’s plenty of ways for you to add dinosaur-inspired play to your day. Practice some of the shapes you’ve learned by creating your own Shape-o-saurus, or practice common sight words with a word scavenger hunt based on your favorite dinosaur book. Scholastic has even more dinosaur-themed activities for all kinds of early learning.
For more app recommendations, be sure to join us for App Time at Davis Library, Wednesday mornings at 11:15 AM. Stop by the library for our other great programs, too! Check out the full Engage brochure for our complete program lineup. Happy playing!