Spring has sprung here in the Northeast. Are your kids as eager to get outside as my little Bean is? There are some pretty ingenious folks out there inventing super cool interactive kids’ apps to integrate technology with the great outdoors, and I think it’s a fantastic idea. I firmly believe that the ultimate goal is to have our little ones outside getting their feet wet and their hands dirty. But if we can supplement that outdoor play with educational technology then I’m absolutely all for it. And on those rainy days, your kids can still get their outdoor fix by exploring nature digitally!
We were given a few apps to try out by the lovely folks at the National Wildlife Federation and we’re definitely fans! The Ranger Rick’s Treehouse app is a neat new digital magazine your kids will love to explore. Though it is designed for kids ages 7-12, my little 5 3/4 year old has been having a fantastic time reading it and she loves earning the badges! This iPad magazine (available on Newsstand) has articles organized by rooms in a tree house! Each room is packed with real-life animal videos, comic adventures, multi-level games, goofy jokes, nature crafts, wildlife mysteries, and opportunities for kids to earn badges. We read one issue together and she had a ball answering the questions about each article to earn her badges. Additional badges are earned by spending time in the great outdoors and recording your activities in the journal in “Rick’s backyard.” She opened the second issue on her own in the car and was able to read the section on grizzly bears, answer the question, and earn a badge all on her own! The games are fun and age appropriate. And Bean loves all of the jokes!
We also received the Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures app which is designed for preschoolers and kids ages 4 – 7. It isn’t compatible with my old school first generation iPad–so we downloaded it to Daddy’s newer device and haven’t had a chance to explore it fully. But if it’s anything like the Backyard magazine I know we’ll love it. This new iPad story app lets young kids use cutting-edge technology to explore, create, and play their way through incredible animal adventures. Every Appventure includes an interactive photo story, engaging games, and creative play activities—all centered around a specific animal. The first one in the series opens with a ROAR as mascot Ricky Raccoon and his friend Lars the Lion take children on a trip to the African grasslands. There they discover how lions spend their days, raise their young, and much more!
Digital nature apps for kids that encourage them to get out and explore the world! That’s something kiddos definitely gotta have.
These apps are available on iTunes and will actually be on sale for $1.99 a piece from April 22 – 29 in celebration of Earth Day. Also, thanks to the awesome folks at the National Wildlife Federation we’re giving five readers the Ranger Rick Jr. Appventure for iPad 2 or higher, absolutely free! Want to enter! Just use the handy rafflecopter entry below! Enjoy!
I received the Ranger Rick’s Treehouse and Ranger Rick Jr. Appventure apps free for purposes of review. As always, my opinions are entirely my own and you better believe weren’t influenced by anyone.