Dinosaurs may no longer roam this Earth but we can still learn about them through apps, books, and other media. Come discover these fearsome creatures in Fantastic Dinosaurs 2, the latest app from developer Oreakids to hit your digital bookshelf.
Discover 140 Dinosaurs from the Mesozoic Era
Fantastic Dinosaurs 2 is a digital encyclopedia in which kids can learn about 140 dinosaurs and prehistoric reptiles from the Mesozoic era. On each dinosaur's page, kids can read a brief description of the creature, learn about its physical statistics, and look at a size comparison with a human adult or child. They can also tap to bring up an interactive 360-degree view of the dinosaur's 3D model. A helpful narrator reads aloud the name of each dinosaur as it appears on screen.
There are two ways to browse the app. The first way is to scroll through each page one by one, just like a slideshow. The second way is to use the Search feature, which allows you to filter results according to specific keywords and criteria, such as the creature's diet and location.
In addition to the list of dinosaurs, Fantastic Dinosaurs also includes a section that lists questions that kids ask most frequently about dinosaurs. For example, what the word "dinosaur" means, why dinosaurs went extinct, and which dinosaur was the fastest, largest, smallest, etc.
Parents Need to Know
Fantastic Dinosaurs 2 is available in three languages: English, French, and Spanish. You can change the language anytime by tapping the Settings icon on the top right. The Settings section also lets you choose whether the app should use the metric system, and turn on/off the voice and ambience sounds.
The app has no third-party ads and no in-app purchases. Once you've installed the app, you won't need any internet connection to use it.
Things I Like
Fantastic Dinosaurs 2 is a visually rich resource with an impressive library of images. The interactive 360-degree models remain the best part of the app, and a valuable way to help learners visualize what these great creatures looked like. More than just pictures, though, the app is also packed with useful information, including the etymology of dinosaurs and physical characteristics, that will satisfy any dinosaur lover.
Because the app doesn't include narration, it is best suited for fluent readers. Younger kids may also be frightened by pictures of the dinosaurs fighting or by some of the scarier-looking dinosaurs.
With appealing visuals and plenty of information, Fantastic Dinosaurs 2 is a solid reference for kids who are eager to learn more about dinosaurs. It has a simplified interface that makes it easy for readers to look up their favorite great lizard. Other handy features include voiceover that reads aloud the name of each dinosaur and quick search. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
App was provided for our honest review.
Oreakids designs innnovative apps for smartphones and touchpads which are both entertaining and educational.
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Creatures from the Past provides an extensive look into 60 extinct animals from millions of years ago. With a simple interface, gorgeous 3D models, and 360-degree view for each animal, this app will engage kids to learn for hours on end. I highly recommend it for ages 9-11 with a keen interest in science and history.