Do you know what a kookaburra looks like? Come find out in At the Zoo with Grandma and Grandpa, the new app from developer Fairlady Media that takes kids on a tour around a virtual zoo. While having a fun time exploring, kids can develop their skills in literacy, math, science, creativity, and other K-2 curriculum skills.
Explore the Zoo and Hone Your Skills
In the app At the Zoo with Grandma and Grandpa, kids participate in eight mini games based on the activities you can find at the zoo. They spell the name of an animal to fix a broken sign, identify animal sounds, count the number of visitors on the trams, dig fossils, solve puzzles to feed the penguins, and many more.
In addition to the educational games, the app packs live-action videos that explore the topic at hand -- i.e., strange and exotic animals from around the world. It also includes interactive extras that provide kids with fun brain breaks. For instance, they can draw stripes on a zebra, help a seal balance a ball on its nose, and choose a souvenir for their toy box.
Just like the other apps in the Grandma and Grandpa series, the collection of games loops endlessly until kids decide to leave the app. To keep things fresh, the app randomly generates the puzzles/questions in each activity. Grown-ups can customize the mini games kids see as well as turn the music on or off, from the Settings menu.
The first game kids can play in the app is Fix the Sign. In this game, kids fix a broken sign by dragging the letters from the bottom of the screen to spell the name of an animal. When they have put all the letters in the correct order, Grandma will say the animal's name aloud.
In Animal Sounds, kids first listen to a sound recording then guess which animal made the sound. The app provides several possible answers, and kids make their choice by tapping on the photo of the animal.
In Tram Math, two trams have pulled up with several guests inside. Kids count the number of guests in each tram, then calculate the sum.
Next up is the classic Jigsaw Puzzle. In this activity, kids put together the pieces to complete a photo of an animal. Upon successfully completing the puzzle, the app provides a fun fact about that animal.
In the Spot the Difference game, kids tap on the different fish in the aquarium. Because the fish are constantly swimming, kids must concentrate to find the one that is unlike the rest. This activity introduces kids to a number of marine aquarium fish breeds, including the clownfish, powder blue tang, and emperor angelfish.
Next, kids use their fingers to push away the dirt and dig up fossils in Fossil Dig. If they're lucky, they might also find other valuable items, like Grandpa's lost keys!
In Match the Signs, the signs are all over the place and must be returned to their correct spots. Kids must move these signs, so they finally point to the correct animals.
The last mini game is Feed the Penguins. In this activity, kids solve a tricky sliding puzzle to feed the penguins.
Parents Need to Know
In the app At the Zoo with Grandma and Grandpa, kids hone a wide array of skills: spelling, reading, problem solving, math, creativity, and many others. They also learn the names and behaviors of over 50 unique animals from all over the world. The app is designed for ages 6-8, however younger kids can also enjoy the games with some help from grown-ups.
The app has no third-party and no in-app purchases. It doesn't require Internet access to play. All links to external sites are contained behind a parental gate to prevent kids from accidentally accessing them.
Things I Like
With eight unique games that cover many skills, At the Zoo with Grandma and Grandpa is an excellent supplement to your child's learning activities. Each game feels unique, plus there is great replay value because the app randomly generates the tasks. I like that there are no punishments, only rewards, so kids can play and learn without the fear of failure.
If your child loves animals, the app has many animals that they might not have heard before, such as the Malayan tapir, Tasmanian devil, orangutan, kookaburra, and tarsier. They can find many fun animal facts sprinkled throughout the game and in the videos, and learn what many animals sound like. The app listing notes that it includes more than 50 animals, so kids -- or grown-ups -- are sure to learn something new every time they play.
At the Zoo with Grandma and Grandpa is a must-have for fans of the series. Not only does it feature Grandma and Grandpa together, but it also offers fun educational games that teach kids many essential skills. As ever with the apps in this series, it has great graphics, rewarding and customizable gameplay, and a ton of replay value. Highly recommended for use at home or in the classroom.
App was provided for our honest review.
About Fairlady Media
Fairlady Media is committed to developing high-quality family-friendly and educational games that provide excellent entertainment value. They are known best for their lovable and mentoring Grandma and Grandpa apps. Their games are created by an Educational Psychologist and parents, and they are tested extensively by children.
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