Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures: Lions, is a great educational app that teaches kids about lions and other animals in a fun way. Ricky the raccoon and Lars the lion are the hosts that guide kids through the activities. The app is the product of a collaboration between the editors of Ranger Rick Jr. a magazine for 4 to 7 year olds and Moonbot Studios developer of several award winning apps.
There is a wide assortment of games and activities which can be found in three sections in the app, Play, Explore and Create.
Play section has five games for children to play with.
Jigsaw puzzle – There are three puzzle sizes, 9, 16 and 25 pieces. There is a preview icon button which shows a picture of the completed puzzle when it is held down. This is a a good hint feature for kids.
What’s Wrong with This Picture – The “wrong” items are very well integrated into the pictures. So this game also functions like a look and find type of game.
Photo Safari – Kids move the iPad 360 degrees to find, count and take photos of all the lions in the pride. Photos can be saved to the iPad.
Hide and Seek – Pan around with the iPad to find five cubs and return them to the pride.
Match Sounds – Realistic animal sounds are heard and kids try to guess the animal that produced the sound. Kids also learn tidbits of information on the animal.
Explore section is the educational core of the app. Ricky the raccoon and Lars the lion provide information and commentary. There are videos, slide shows, illustrations and wildlife photos presenting plenty of information on lions. Some of the games like photo safari, hide & seek and match sounds can also be found in this section. There is a one-time activity for kids to find treasure boxes and Sammy the skunk to earn stickers to use in the Sticker Board activity. There is an explorer map at the top left that serves as an index. Kids can pick different parts of the explore section to revisit or jump to.
Create section has four different activities that offers kids the opportunity to be silly and imaginative.
Sticker Board – Create pictures with stickers earned from finding the treasure boxes in the Explore section. Stickers can be resized by stretching and pinching. They can also be rotated. Pictures can then be saved to the iPad photo gallery.
Animal Piano – Free play on a 12 key piano that plays with sounds of a lion, elephant and baboon.
Animal Builder – Kids can build fantasy creatures by choosing different animal parts. For example, head of a lion, zebra body, bunny ears, deer antlers, wings, front legs of a cheetah and back legs of an elephant. Pictures of the fantasy animal can be saved to the gallery.
Trail Tales – There are three tales the kids can finish by providing some key words chosen from a list or typed in. The tale then is ready to be read.
What Elena Liked
The graphics and realistic animal sounds are stunning. The interactive elements are plentiful and very engaging for kids. The controls are very easy to navigate. There is a settings/navigational menu that can be accessed at the top right of each page. This is in addition to the home button.
I really liked how the app presented the educational material. The Explore section had a good balance of facts, illustrations, short videos and photos. The kids liked the Photo Safari game the best. They really enjoyed scanning the horizon with the iPad to take pictures of the lion pride.
This is a great educational app that teaches kids about lions and other animals in a fun way. There is a wide assortment of games and activities to engage children. The educational material is presented in a very fun interactive format.
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Developer provided promo codes to facilitate the review.