Kids are naturally drawn to all the colorful animals and the adventure of the rainforest. Who better to lead them on a tour through the layers of the rainforest than the Cat in the Hat?
The app is an interactive eBook based on the book ‘If I ran the rainforest’ by Bonnie Worth. It has all the amazing interactive features we have come to enjoy from Oceanhouse Media apps. This story finds the Cat in the Hat taking Dick and Sally to a huge rainforest to meet it’s inhabitants. Using a Suessical version of an elevator, they are able to travel to the very tops of the trees and down through each layer to the ground.
The fun rhyming text keeps kids giggling and learning at the same time. Each page is filled with bright pictures of animals and plants. By tapping these, kids can learn their names and hear the sounds they make. Tapping several together gives you an idea of just how noisy the rainforest must be!
The imagery of the elevator stopping at each level of the 4 layers of rainforest makes it easy for kids to understand what can be found in each layer. As an added bonus there is also a hidden object puzzle to teach about camouflage.
As well as the story text there is also bold text that can be tapped. A word will be spoken aloud, and a flash card will pop up so they learn even more. My 4 and 8 year old daughters really loved this app and I enjoyed reading it aloud. There is also the option to have the book read to you. Our preschooler later used this feature and insisted on tapping every little bug and leaf on each page (just in case we missed one).
I would recommend this app to all parents of preschoolers through 3rd grade. Be sure to check out the other Cat in the Hat apps we recommended. One you might like is On Beyond Bugs: All About Insects.
If I Ran the Rainforest is available for iPhone, iPod and iPad. It is $5.99 on App Store.
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Today’s app is reviewed by JJ (Piwi mama), a proud wife and mama of two girls. The family travel with her hubby’s work so most of her time is spent teaching her kids. In her spare time, JJ blogs about their portable learning and reviews books. You can read about their travels at Learning and Growing the Piwi way