Are flashcards bad for young children? There are many arguments for and against using flashcards but from my experience, flashcards can be an effective learning tool when the learning is active and it is supplemented by other interactive activities.
In this post, I will review an animal flashcard app that does more than just digitalizing the traditional flashcards. Unlike many flashcards apps in the App Store, Peekabox-Forest: Flashcards by App A Box is a comprehensive flashcard app that offers your child 4 different ways (Explore, Sound, Video and Game) to learn about 14 forest animals, supported by a host of customizable options.
Using animations, transitions, animal icons, high quality sound recordings, real life photos and video clips, your children will learn the animal facts, names and sounds of the skunk, squirrel, hedgehog, racoon, bear, monkey, lemur, wolf, ape, black punter, panda, tiger, fox and koala. For each of these animals, there are at least 6 different HD photos e.g. single, plural, close-up, baby and/or mother and baby, many of them showing different species.
Though the images are called flashcards here, you don’t actually flash the cards. Kids are the ones who are in control – they pick what animals they want to explore from the main screen and they learn at their own pace. The app is very easy for them to use and all outside links are locked behind parental gates.
The only section that children require the help of adults are the pre-selected animal videos which need internet connection to access. Again, the app presents more than 1 video per animal to show how the animals behave in a variety of habitats.
Besides the learning of facts, there are also games where learners are asked to identify the animals by the name, sound or both. These games encourage the recalling of the knowledge learnt and these help strengthen the associations made about the animals.
To keep young learners engaged, this app adds a variety of fun features as well – animal icons, themes, shuffle and weather wheel. Kids can explore the forest animals by their animated icons, realistic icons or silhouettes and in 2 different themes – Spotlight (a clean theme with no distractions that is perfect for children needing help with focus) and Nature Box (for those who want to explore the look and feel of the animal’s natural environment).
They can also use the shuffle feature to mix up the positions of the animal icons in the Explore and Game modes so that the app always look different. The interactive weather wheel, on the other hand, allows learners to spin and explore the different weather conditions (sunshine, snowfall, rainfall, wind blow, mist & fog, thunder).
And that is not all! Your children will also get to enjoy the ability to change the app character, Cucu’s animal outfit (tiger, panda, koala or bear), his skin tone, eye and hair color. You can further personalize their learning experience in Peekabox-Forest with its many customizable options.
So many features and so affordable, Peekabox-Forest packs more content and fun to keep your kids engaged in learning. It is well worth a download if you are looking for a forest animal learning app.
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by App A Box
Category: Education, Reference
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 131.19 MB
NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.