As much as I enjoyed all the great educational apps I have been recommending, I have always hoped to find apps that can get kids outside of house and running. Apps for star gazing, bird watching, remotely monitor helicopter, or even math games involving walking around, are all my favorite apps. Today I am going to recommend an app that will really get kids moving. It is called Big Cat Race.
What the app does is to set up a race between the child and the animal of choice. The child can choose which animal he/she wants to be, and then choose which animal he/she wants to compete with. There are three animals to choose from: Lion, Leopard, and Cheetah. Depends on the child’s age and the size of the space, the child can choose, among 10 options, a 10-step race, or a 200-step race, or a 2 minute race. He/she can even pick a free run. Once the race starts, the screen turns black with a sign saying “race in progress”. With this, kids can focus on running and don’t have to worry about checking the score till the end of the race. When the race is finished, kids can see a re-play of the race. Here they can get an idea on how much faster or slower they are compared to the opponent.
The app uses the build-in accelerometer to track the speed. Kids do need carry the iPhone while running. They can either hold the phone in hands, or strap the phone on waists. If you are not comfortable with them holding the phone running, a protective iPhone case will definitely help.
Big Cat Race is a great fitness app for kids. Kids can use it indoor or outdoor. The idea of racing against the “big cats” is very attractive to children. With the help of fun music, bright images, and cute animation, Big Cat Race will for sure get the whole family moving!
Big Cat Race is available for iPhone, iPod, and iPAD. I think you want to use it on iPhone/iPod. It is $0.99 on App Store.