Colorful learning books have been around for years, teaching kids the alphabet with cute little pictures and easy to sound-out words. These simple books have helped teach countless children that ‘A’ is for apple and ‘Z’ is for zebra.
Developer Raul Riera has taken this simple model and brought it to the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch -and it translates well.
ABC Zoo is terribly cute. When opened, the app shows and alphabet. Scrolling back and forth with a swipe of the finger navigates the alphabet. Each letter introduces you to a new animal representing that letter. ‘C’ is for cat, ‘R’ is for rhino, etc. When the page navigation is pressed, the name of the animal appears as well as their icon. The animal icons/cartoons are bubbly, soft and kind. A real treat for a child’s eyes.
What makes this app different from your traditional books? The child, as well as navigating the ‘pages’, can trace the letter of the alphabet, in both capital and lower case letters, next to the picture of the animal. A pencil icon at the top, when pressed, gives the child a selection of colors to paint letter with. This is much more interactive than a traditional book.
One of the best features is simple; a sharing function allows you to send your child’s tracing via email to friends or family, post it to your Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr page to impress your friend’s with your child’s ingenuity or save the file to your photo album.
The app is easy to use in all the formats, although I preferred the larger iPad screen. But then again, I’m not a child. I’m sure smaller fingers make tracing a little easier!
ABC Zoo is an easy to use, effective learning tool for small children to use. Its also easy enough for the technophobe parent to master in minutes. The app is more than worth the dollar Raul Riera is charging for it.