I have been always looking for a good world atlas app to help my son learn about the world, a map not just includes geography information, but also about world culture. I have heard so much about Barefoot World Atlas, and finally got a chance to check it out. I was really impressed and love how the app is made, so was my son.
The app is based off the print book of the same title. The print book is well done, and the app offers even more than the book.
When kids open the app, they will see a globe welcoming them to explore. Kids can spin the globe or zoom into any region they want to explore. While kids move around the globe visiting different regions, the background music will change to that region’s local music, which really sets the atmosphere inviting you to go in to learn more about the region.
The globe is beautifully illustrated, with 3D icons of country flags, landmarks, known animals and plants, … Touching on any of the icon brings up closer view of the object with just about right detailed level of information that are easy for kids to comprehend. If it is a country, kids will see the capital city, local time and weather at the time, and some historical information of the country. If kids want more data, there are data on the country’s population, currency, highest point, land area, and more.
The app has some add-on packages, like Atlas Puzzles, Great Cities. We downloaded the Great Cities package. With the added package, we are able to see more landmarks with city level information. There are 100 cities included in the package. We see there will be more packages added. My son already told me he would like to have the International Soccer package when it is available.
I like both the print book and the app. The illustration is beautiful with the right level of details to grab kids’ attention. I am really amazed with how smooth and responsive of the app’s interactive features are. Given how much data it carries, it responses to touches with no delay. We played on the app for almost an hour, moving from continent to continent, bringing up different landmarks, we were able to get to the place the instant we touched the spot, the zooming of the pictures and the transition of the music were always smooth and quick.
Barefoot World Atlas is perfect for us, as I believe learning about the world is not just about country names, flags, mountains and rivers. All these are important to know, but I also want to learn the story behind these names, and cultural and history of different countries. Barefoot World Atlas is a perfect resource for this.
Barefoot World Atlas is available on iPhone, iPod and iPAD. It is $4.99 for the base package Starter Atlas, which carries a lot information to begin with. Each additional package is available for $1.99 via In-App Purchase.
If you don’t have an iPhone or iPad, the print book is just as wonderful. Instead of reaching information via interactive features, all information is nicely laid out on one page. It might be just easier for younger kids to explore and navigate through the world. Below the Amazon link leads you to the print book.
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