One of the best ways to learn science is to dissect and observe different forms of lives. Learning from a static textbook about how a plant lives is not really that exciting. What if kids can learn the innermost parts of a plant in a beautiful 3D simulation that allows for engagement, exploration, and discovery?
NAMOO — Wonders of Plant Life is a brand new app from CRAYON BOX that aims to make learning more fun. It uses interactive 3D simulations to take you on an immersive tour across all parts of a plant.
Nine Chapters of a Plant
To make it easier for kids to digest the information, the app is divided into nine chapters. Even though you can only see four big components on the main screen — flower, leaf, trunk, and root — there are actually nine components in total. When you tap on some components, you may find that there are two or more components that you can explore.
I’d suggest you start working your way up from the bottom part, which is the roots. Here, you can learn about different root systems, such as taproots, fibrous, conical, and tuberous roots. You can also learn what kind of roots carrots and sweet potatoes are.
Then, you can move on to the other chapters, such as:
- Root tips, where you learn how water moves through the cellular membranes of the roots
- Tree trunks, where you learn how the tree ages and what a poor or good growth condition is
- Leaf, where you learn about photosynthesis and transpiration, and how they work differently during day and night
- Leaf anatomy, where you learn the different parts of a leaf that are responsible to absorb light, water, and gas
- Plant cell, where you learn the inner-most parts of a plant, from nucleolus to mitochondrion
- Photosynthesis, where you learn about the chemical reactions that happen inside the chloroplast
- Flowers, where you learn the pollination and fertilization processes that turn a flower into a fruit
Within each chapter, you can also turn on the labels to learn more about the names of the different parts of the plant. My tip would be to interact with everything and have fun exploring.
Parents Need to Know
NAMOO — Wonders of Plant Life is filled with interactive 3D simulations. Everything in the app is fluid to show growth, and you can experiment, explore, and discover new things with the animation. You can even rotate the leaf anatomy based on which one you want to focus on. If you want to review what you have learned, you can check out the comprehensive reading blocks for each chapter.
The app works great without an Internet connection. It doesn’t have any third-party ads, in-app purchases, or links to social networks. Kids ages 8+ should be able to read most of the materials on their own.
Things I Like
Almost everything in NAMOO — Wonders of Plant Life is interactive. The soothing background music helps kids to play, explore, and discover more from the app. I’d suggest you to turn on the labels so that you can learn the names of the different parts of a plant anatomy.
My favorite part of the app is the slider feature, which allows you to switch between contrasting conditions and watch how they affect a plant’s metabolism. For example, you can move from poor to good growth conditions to see how it affects a tree trunk, or adjust the time of the day and observe the processes happening in the stems and leaves. This allows you to discover more than just the innerparts of the plant, but also the effects that its surrounding environment has on its growth and life.
NAMOO — Wonders of Plant Life is one of the most beautiful science app for kids I’ve ever seen. It’s definitely beyond your typical static textbooks. The engaging 3D simulation allows for a deeper understanding of how the science works. If you want to take your kids on an immersive tour across the different parts of a plant, this app is a must-have.
App was provided for our honest review.