My 4 year old hates educational games. He doesn’t delete them, he just avoids them. Dinosaur Train Classic in the Jurassic, Jr. made a difference. From the PBS KIDS show Dinosaur Train, it keeps his attention! The app focuses on various math related subjects, such as weight, distance, and height, in fun and tactile ways. It has three games:
By far, this is my 4-year-old son’s favorite. There are two cliffs with a dinosaur on the edge of one and kids have to get him to the other. To start, kids simply draw a line from the one cliff to the other and the game tells the kids the distance units between the two cliffs. Kids then choose two from three bunches of logs that add up to the units they need for a bridge. Once kids make their bridge, the dinosaur crosses it and then kids get to build another bridge. My4-year-old boy played with it for hours. He seems to never get it right the ﬁrst time, but the choices aren’t too many so he doesn’t get frustrated.
This was the favorite of the 5 1/2 year old. Kids have to find the right amount food for each dinosaur. There is a giant scale and they place a rock on it. Kids have to pick from four bunches of food to add to the scale to balance the weight of the rock. Once kids get the weight right and press the checkmark, the dinosaur eats them. My 5 and half year old liked seeing how many different combinations of the food she could get. She would methodically try each combination before pressing that checkmark. It is great for kids to know there are more than one solutions to the problem.
In this game, kids simply sort the different sized dinosaurs in the way they are told to. There are three to as many as ﬁve dinosaurs to be sorted. Once kids do it correctly, they can place the dinosaurs into different sized homes. My son was a little confused at first, he wanted to put the dinosaurs into the homes directly without sorting them by size. Once I showed him, he knew to get the dinosaurs in order first.
Overall I liked this app a lot, so much that I’m looking for some similar apps for the little ones. It is very engaging. The app includes a “sticker sheet” with a dinosaur landscape background that kids can add their stickers to. The stickers include various dinosaurs, plants, and rocks. After adding stickers to the picture, kids can save them in the photo album. It is always a big hit with my kids.
Dinosaur Train Classic in the Jurassic, Jr. is available for iPAD only. It is $1.99 on App Store.
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Today’s app is reviewed by Celina, the NerdyBaker. Celina is a wife, a mother of three, a self-proclaimed nerd, lover of movies, science, and science fiction. She is always looking for fun and educational content for the iPAD and iPods.