Developer: YED28 srl
Price: free Download on the App Store
For young children with an interest in animals, or those just learning about wildlife, Animals 360 is a free app featuring animal pictures, sounds, and habitats. Designed to provide an interactive way for children to learn animal names and sounds, Animals 360 is a pretty kid-friendly app and includes a few fun extras you might not expect for free.
The app includes four modes – Tour, Photos, Quiz, and Puzzle. The tour is habitat based and features farm, safari, and forest. Panning left and right, images of various animals native to the selected habitat are displayed and their animal sound can be heard by tapping on the pictures. The photo mode contains photos of additional animals ranging from bear and bison to woodpecker and zebra. Each animal has three images, viewable by swiping up or down. The entire collection is accessible in an alphabetical list and the sound they make can be heard by tapping on the speaker icon at the top of each photo.
The quiz and puzzle mode are added features in Animal 360 and are the equivalent of simplistic games. The quiz requires kids to match one of four photos to the corresponding animal sound while the photo is a basic drag and drop jig saw puzzle. Both features are basic, but add a touch of interactive play to an otherwise visual application.
As an entertaining educational tool based on a variety of critters, Animals 360 does a pretty good job of introducing different animals to kids. The animal sounds are a bit generic and a few might raise an eyebrow or two, but for kids ready to advance beyond the cow says “moo,” Animals 360 provides a bit of added knowledge. The photos are high-quality and quite lovely for a kids app.
For young kids, Animals 360 is an ideal introduction to the sights and sounds of nature. There is no informative text to read, which could have been useful, but at the same time makes it appropriate for kids who haven’t learned to read. Because the app is free, it’s ad-supported, an element that most adults would find intrusive or annoying, but most kids will easily overlook. Ultimately, Animals 360 provides kids with a quality, virtual picture book of animals and may even provide parents with a few moments quiet. If your kids aren’t interested in animals, identical apps are available for dinosaurs, instruments, and vehicles.