I don’t know when this phenomenon started, but kids nowadays love stories about dinosaurs. Obviously, that wasn’t the case for me during my childhood. If your kids love dinosaur stories, they’d enjoy reading Space Dinos. It’s more like a collection of short poems about dinosaurs than a storybook, but it’s packaged as a nice little app with great narration and fun little facts.
Meet Nate and His Imaginary Prehistoric Pals
Nate is a young dinosaur fan with a wild imagination and some cool friends. He lives in the British town of Wensleydale, which is well-known for producing cheese. This story is about Nate’s imagining of exploring the outer space in a rocket made from Wensleydale cheese.
In his adventure, four space dinosaurs also board in the rocket. The first is Magoo the Punadon who has pink hair and likes to rock. Then, Cakes the Cococeratops, a mix of triceratops and chocolates. Two other dinosaurs that you will meet are Dizzle the Sulkasaur, a cute baby dinosaur, and Zed the Brachiasnorus, the lizard dinosaur who is always dozy. Together with Nate, they explore the Milky Way to see Mars and the other planets in our solar system.
Parents Need to Know
Each page in this storybook has two additional modes: fun facts mode and painting mode. To activate the fun facts mode, simply tap the + button on the bottom left corner of the screen. Tapping on the paint button will show a black-and-white version of the current screen allowing you to paint it the way you want.
The entire storyline is written as a collection of rhyming poems. The main storyline is professionally narrated by Lisa Scott Lee in an exquisite British accent, whereas the fun facts are narrated by a young boy.
Space Dinos is suitable for kids ages 5+ to read on their own. But if your kids are not comfortable to read independently, they can also use the Read to Me and Autoplay modes. It works great on Airplane mode, and it doesn’t have any in-app purchase, advertising, or links to social networks. Currently, Space Dinos is only available for the iPad.
Things I Like
Both my kids love the coloring activities included in Space Dinos. Having the entire storyline as a paint-it-yourself adventure makes them want to spend more time in the app. The choice of colors is varied enough for them to have fun with their own creations.
Personally, I learned a few new things from the fun facts included in this app. Here are some of them:
- Dogs can count up to five
- Cows knees can’t bend properly to walk downstairs
- A cow can produce an average of 90 glasses of milk every day
- A snail can sleep for three years straight
Space Dinos is a collection of silly poems about imaginary dinosaurs going to space in a rocket made from Wensleydale cheese. Instead of relying on a strong storyline, the app highlights the creative nature of rhyming poems and its paint-it-yourself feature. If your kids love dinosaurs, they’re going to enjoy the activities in this app.
Space Dinos is available on the iPad.
Get it on the App Store: iPad
App was provided for our honest review.