Note: This review was originally published in 2011. I’ve updated it slightly, but it is not a new review
Zoo Train by Busy Bee Studios features five train-themed games for young children aged 2 and up.It has five different activities for children- puzzles, music, train builder, word builder and track builder. The puzzle portion allows children to complete simple puzzles and move the train along the track. The music mode allows children to select song to be played such as twinkle, twinkle little star. via a variety of colorful train whistles. The train builder allows children to choose their engine, cargo and caboose along with a background of where the train should drive such as the beach or countryside. The word builder allows children to practice simple spelling by matching letters to create a word and provides a visual reward of the item after the word is completed. The final mode, allows children to drag missing track pieces to finish the track. In addition, children are awarded stickers for rewards for finishing various activities. Children learn fine motor, early literacy and critical thinking skills.
This is one of the top five apps in our house. I really appreciate the fact that it does not include in-app purchases, is educational for children, and features so many different choices for children to interact with. I also like how the various elements are tied together, for example there is a star puzzle and in the music section you can play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” I often challenge my son in the train builder function to build a train focused around a specific theme such as aquatic animals.
Shapes would be a great addition to the app, perhaps as part of the train builder section. I would also like to see more train related music in the music section such as “I’ve been working on the railroad” or the like. In the word builder section, since the app is aimed at young children, it might be helpful to have words that children can sound out such as cat, dog, sun versus ones like couch which are more difficult to pronounce.
If you are looking for an engaging app for a toddler or preschooler in your family who loves trains, this is a good fit. Other apps from this developer include Giggle Ghosts and Bug Games. Printable pages to allow for interaction outside the app are also available.
Zoo Trainby Busy Bee Studios
Category: Education, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 118.32 MB
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