It is safe to say that most kids love animals and learning about them. For these kids, developer Tinybop has a new interactive app that they will love: Mammals. The app comes as the ninth title in the developer's award-winning Explorer's Library series, and it sees kids exploring the world of incredible animals to discover how they play, eat, see, run, fly, grow, and feel.
Explore the World of Mammals
In Mammals, kids get to explore the anatomy of four unique mammals: Bengal Tiger, Little Brown Bat, Red Kangaroo, and African Elephant. They begin by selecting an animal from the displays, then look into each animal's interactive model to learn more about its muscular, cardiovascular, digestive, nervous, skeletal, and urogenital systems.
Once the model has loaded up, kids can tap on the buttons at the bottom of the screen to view a specific body system. They can then explore this system by tapping or dragging and dropping. For example, in the digestive system view they can drag and drop various foods to feed the animal, and watch as the food is processed inside the body. In the skeletal view, kids can tap to take apart the bones then try to put them back together like a jigsaw puzzle.
Kids can also discover topics unique to each animal. For example, they can see how a baby elephant grows inside its mother's belly and how an elephant uses its trunk. They can also find out how tigers use their whiskers to "see" and their claws to scratch and attack.
In addition to the interactive models, kids have access three fun sections. In the first section, they can see how each mammal sees with the help of the device's camera. Meanwhile, the other two sections let kids study each mammal's fur and race two animals at a time, respectively.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mammals by Tinybop has been reviewed by zoologists, and is suitable for ages 6-8. It has an open-ended approach to learning and contains no rules, timer, or high scores. If desired, kids can bring up interactive text labels in 50+ languages to learn new vocabulary.
As ever with Tinybop apps, Mammals is safe for kids. It has no third-party ads and no in-app purchases, and it doesn't require Internet connection to use. The app allows you to save multiple user profiles, so more than one child can play on the same device.
Things I Like
Mammals by Tinybop is a joy to explore. There are so many surprises, so many thoughtful details. For example, you can tap on each animal model to see it move. The faster you tap, the faster it moves. Another example is the section in which you can study each mammal's fur. Here, a beautiful animation shows you how the fur grows. You can also run your finger across the screen to stroke the fur, and see how the strands move.
Ultimately, the goal of Mammals is to spark curiosity. There is no text in the app, and kids are free to look whichever way they want. If they seem interested in a certain topic, they can reach out to an adult for help. The adults, in turn, can always refer to the included, expert-reviewed handbook for facts, interaction hints, and discussion questions.
I highly recommend Mammals by Tinybop for any child. It's beautifully made, and there are many delightful surprises to find. Kids will love the interactive animal models and learning about each animal's anatomy. This is definitely an app that will pique their interest in the world around them.
App was provided for our honest review.
Tinybop, Inc. is a Brooklyn-based studio of designers, engineers, and artists. They make toys for tomorrow.
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