Last year, I reviewed a math-themed activity app called Dinosaur Train Classic in the Jurassic, Jr.!. It is based on a popular PBS Kids show: Dinosaur Train. The developers designed the activities to reflect real-world problems.
A few days ago, a new app was released by the same developers. Called Dinosaur Train A to Z, it explores the world of dinosaurs in an encyclopedic way.
Touch, Feed, and X-Ray the Dinosaurs
Dinosaur Train A to Z has two playing modes. The default one shows a train of 26 letters from A to Z. Tapping on a letter will show the details (plus a narrated description) of a dinosaurs whose name starts with that letter, for example, A is for Amargasaurus and B is for Brachiosaurus.
You can also interact with the dinosaurs further. For example, tapping on the food icon will allow you to feed the dinosaurs. A leaf icon and a meat icon represent herbivores and carnivores respectively, whereas a combined icon indicates omnivores.
Tapping on the X-Ray icon switches the encyclopaedia to negative view, allowing you to see how the bone structures for each dinosaur look like. You can even see how the dinosaur would process the food if fed in X-Ray mode.
As you interact with the dinosaur, the narrator will read facts. For example, Hadrosaurus is the first dinosaur to have its skeleton mounted in a museum.
Finally, you can also interact with the dinosaurs in the gallery mode. You can then filter the dinosaurs to see the ones who are bipedal or quadruped. You can also filter to see the carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores only.
Parents Need to Know
Dinosaur Train A to Z is a great app for juniors ages 3+ to explore life science and natural history. You can unlock more dinosaurs by purchasing the 10-dinosaur pack IAP for $0.99 each. Two packs are available on the release date, and four more are coming soon. I’m looking forward to get the Water pack which features underwater dinosaurs.
As the narrator reads the facts, your juniors can also try to read the words as they’re highlighted. You can tap on a word to learn how to read it. The app supports two languages: English and Spanish.
Things I Like
Dinosaurs Train A to Z introduces me to the Mesozoic era. Intrigued by the facts, I learned about the dinosaur periods: Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. And, I learned about other facts too, such as:
- During the dinosaur age, Antarctica was much warmer with lush green forest.
- The smallest dinosaur herbivores known is just over three feet long.
I use the app to teach my four-year-old about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Turns out, it’s much easier to teach about these concepts using dinosaurs than common animals. The gallery view also helps with filtering these classes.
Dinosaur Train A to Z is a complete dinosaurs encyclopaedia app for juniors ages 3+. I learned a lot about dinosaurs through this app, and I believe many juniors will too. The app’s ease of use ensures that many kids would be able to play without any problem. Highly recommended.
App was provided for our honest review.
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