Appy Hour! I depart tonight from math apps to bring you a really fun and creative science app--Switch Zoo. In this zoo, the animals are limited only to your child's imagination!
The feature that will attract kiddos to this app is the ability to mix the head, tail, and legs of different animals to create their own unique creation, which they can then name and even write stories about. The pictures are beautifully done and very lifelike. Stories and pictures can be printed to share. A cool 'shake' option with the iPad creates random animals. But aside from the fun factor, there's learning going on here, too. The app contains profiles of each animal, including diet, predators and threats, habitat, life span, scientific name, and a written summary.
The version I reviewed was free, which limits you to the zebra habitat. What that means is that the zebra will be the base for all of the animals you build. The paid version ($2.99) gives you access to 142 animals and 9 habitats. There is actually also an online version of Switch Zoo which your kiddos could use on your classroom computers. It features links to the profiles of all the animals, as well as educational games, lesson plans, and more.
Switch Zoo is a real educational find, combining science and creativity!