Plants is an interactive diorama about plants in different biomes. Via open ended play, kids learn the eco systems and how plants grow and live in the real world. It is designed by Tinybop, whose first app Human Body was a great success. I love the guided exploratory approach of teaching. There is no lessons to go through and there is no talking in the app. Opening the app is like walking into this amazing world of nature, and it is up to you to discover and explore.
There are currently 3 biomes in the app: Temperate forest, desert, grasslands; and looks like they are going to add more, tundra, taiga, tropical savanna, mangroves, and tropical rainforest are planned.
When you are in the app, you see the nature setting with different plants and once a while an animal wondering around. Swiping fingers on the screen generates winds, you will watch tree branches move with the wind. What happens to the flowers? Touching the clouds may create rains. If you have planted seeds, you might see sprouts coming out of ground. What happens if you hit one cloud with the other? Oh lightning, or even bolts.
With a slide, kids can open up the ground and watch the plant roots and burrows. Do you see animals underground?
Did I mention that you can see the sun rise and go down, moon comes up, and you can also see the season change? There is also a way for you to have the labels for each plant shown on the screen, and kids can knock the labels down and try to put them back to the right place.
It took me a while to find out I can sign up as parent to oversee my children’s accounts. I can see the activities they did and questions they have. A parent account also gives you access to the guidebook for both Human Body and Plants. There are many good contents in the book, including basic knowledge and discussions you can have with kids.
There are so many neat features I know I have not discovered. The more you play around, the more you discover. If you are looking for an interactive app about nature and ecosystem, this is a must have.
Here is a quick peak of the app. It is only a very small part of it.
Here are key app features from App Store:
• Detailed, accurate illustrations show scores of plants and animals in their natural habitats.
• Algorithmic animations yield new surprises in every play.
• Spin through days, nights, seasons, and years, to uncover each biome’s lifecycles over time.
• See plant and animal life above and below ground.
• Free, downloadable handbook highlights learnings and interaction tips for parents and teachers.
• Easily switch between text labels in 50+ languages, including scientific names (select languages on your device or in the dashboard).
• Learn and identify species with removable and affixable labels.
• Digital sandbox encourages open exploration and learning.
• A recording tool enables kids and parents to ask each other questions.
• A universal dashboard allows parents to support kids’ learning and view, save, and share conversations with their kids in all Tinybop apps.
• In-device features, including the microphone and gravity sensor, are employed for immersive effects.
• Original artwork and sound design.
• No rules or levels—curiosity is rewarded.
• COPPA compliant.
Plants is available on iPhone, iPod and iPad for $2.99. It is also part of the bundle of Tinybop Explorer Series. The first link below is for Plants, the 2nd is for the bundle, which includes Human Body as well.
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For more science apps for kids, please visit our Best Nature and Animal Science Apps for Elementary School Kids.