“Wow!” Those were the exact words my children used when they first played Crayon Box Ltd.’s new app, Namoo – Wonders of Plant Life. It captures and engages you from the very start with a thought provoking quote, ethereal music, and amazing graphics.
Namoo, in Korean, means tree, and after the beautiful introduction that plays, a three dimensional tree appears in the center of the screen. You can rotate this tree completely and view it from all sides just by the swipe of a finger. The four main parts of the tree that will be studied (flower, leaf, trunk, and roots) pop out to the left and right sides of the tree. When you click on one of these parts, you will be taken to its submenu where you can either choose one of the lessons to study or exit back to the main menu.
Each lesson includes a beautiful interactive 3D simulation that goes along with the included text. This allows you not only to read about the part or function you are studying, but also see an illustration of it as you manipulate the 3D image with your fingers. You can also see all available labels of a 3D image by clicking on the tag icon at the bottom of the screen. Finally, there is a encyclopedia style article that you can read by clicking on the note icon, also found on the bottom left of the screen. The article expands the lesson even further and is ideal for older children in the upper grades.
Here is a quick overview of what lessons are included in this app. The flower section teaches children the parts of a flower and their functions. It also shows how a flower of a fruit bearing plant turns into a fruit. The leaf section talks about leaf anatomy and physiology, photosynthesis, and plant cells. The trunk section shows the parts of the stem and how water flows through it. It also gives a brief lesson on what the rings in a tree trunk signify. The root section illustrates how roots absorb water. It also identifies different types of roots.
My children and I absolutely love Namoo – Wonders of Plant Life. It was an excellent supplement to our botany lesson and helped my children grasp the concepts they learned even further. This app held their interest and made them eager to learn more. I love the 3D images and simulations, and I found it a great tool to encourage my kids to narrate the lesson using their own words.
For future updates, I think it would be great if the 3D graphics and their accompanying labels could be optionally available to view while reading the encyclopedia article. Having a visual aid while reading is helpful for children who are visual learners like my son. I would also like a settings option to toggle the music on and off.
Namoo – Wonders of Plant Life is a very impressive app that combines stunning 3D animations with very informative and engaging texts. It will get children interested in learning more about plant life in detail and is an excellent supplement to science lessons. I highly recommend it!
iTunes Link: NAMOO – Wonders of Plant Life – CRAYON BOX Inc.
NAMOO - Wonders of Plant Life
by CRAYON BOX Inc.
Price: $3.99 USD
Smart toys can make science exciting! NAMOO is a fun, engaging exploration of the life of plants. Discover how leaves make food, experiment with underground root systems, or play with the parts of a plant.