Back in January, Camila reviewed a nice science app for juniors called Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures: Lions, based on a popular science magazine for kids. Well today, the same team of developers is releasing the second app in the Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures series. This time, they choose grizzly bears as the theme of the app.
Meet Gertie the female Grizzly Bear
When you open the app, you will find the familiar face of Ricky Raccoon. This time, he introduces you to his female Grizzly Bear friend named Gertie.
For first timers, I suggest starting with the Explore menu. It allows you to explore the grizzly bear’s habitat in the forest, learn interesting facts about bears, and even play some of the mini games that are also available in the Play menu.
The app uses several locations to outline the different scientific facts related to grizzly bears. You can either use the Explorer’s Map or follow the footsteps shown on each page to move between locations. To access the Explorer’s Map, tap on the plus button on the top left corner.
While most locations only have a single activity, there are also a handful of locations that have two or more activities. The activities include browsing through stacks of photographs and watching videos of the things grizzly bears do in the wild.
Here are some of the fun facts that you can find throughout the app:
- Even though grizzly bears are commonly called brown bears, some of them actually have blonde hairs.
- Grizzlies rely on their noses more than their eyes and ears.
- Cubs, the baby grizzlies, stay with their moms for two years because they have a lot to learn.
Parents Need to Know
The scientifics facts, the mini games, and the activities included in this app are suitable for juniors ages 3+. For example, there is a wide sticker board, a special piano with keys that elicit noises from Gertie, and a fun mash-up game featuring body parts from eight different animals.
Once juniors have finished exploring the forest, they can play the mini games directly from the Play menu. A couple of these games are fairly simple, such as jigsaw puzzles and tilt-to-move games. But the two other games are quite innovative -- for example, in Where’s the Bear juniors can pick up the iPad and turn 360-degrees to take photos of the grizzly bears in their habitat. In Match Sounds, juniors are asked to identify which animal (from a set of three options) whose sound they have just heard.
Things I Like
I really like how the app presents the different science facts related to the grizzly bears. The approach makes the topic easy and fun to learn. For example, juniors can learn about what the grizzly bears would do differently in each of the four seasons. Another example is the interactive quiz comparing the weight of the grizzly bears against spectacled bears, pandas, and polar bears.
This app manages to show that if a science lesson can be designed to maximize the unique capability of the iPad platform, many juniors would benefit from it. For example, I’ll never forget how the app compares speed between a grizzly bear, a child running at full speed, and a police car.
Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures: Bears is a nice science app where juniors can learn about the grizzly bears and their habitat. It’s a great example of how to make science topics easy and fun for juniors to learn. I’m looking forward for the next app in the Appventures series.
Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures: Bears is available for iPad
Get it on the App Store: iPad
App was provided for our honest review.