“Classic favorite memory and sport games”
This app offers six, short activities to unscramble words, match animals, and people. Kids will be rewarded after each activity and can view the zoo after all activities are complete. A broad but shallow approach to early learning.
“A variety of games build language and visual skills”
Build A Zoo offers the user six different animal themed games with a range of educational goals. There is a simple matching task similar to the classic Memory game, a letter scramble which spells out animal names, a Pong-like activity with a seal and bouncing balls, and another visual matching game with pictures of visitors to a zoo. Two other options, a bowling game and a turtle race, seemed less interesting and of little educational value.
“Sharpen matching skills and hand-eye coordination”
Of the six different games in this app, three are pair-matching games, and the other three require hand-eye coordination. The games are easy to play, and have cute illustrations of different zoo scenes and animals.
Parents and learners can repeat each set of verbal directions as the player begins the game, and discuss visitors and animals at the zoo upon completion of all six activities. This application is vast but shallow with little rehearsal within each content.
One game in particular, the Monkey Letter Scramble, offers an opportunity for parent participation. The goal of the challenge is simple enough, but a parent could potentially extend the activity by discussing the animal named or asking what other animals begin with the same letter.