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Disneynature Explore

Disneynature Explore

Fall 2014 Mobile Apps
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Developer: Disney
Platform: iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch

Disneynature Explorer is a 21st century backyard exploration experience. This robust and inventive app combines an extraordinary range of the iPad technology (audio and video playback and record, photographs to be taken, stored or uploaded), the accelerometer and augmented reality to deliver educational lessons that teach children about the characteristics, behavior and habitats of a turtle, bear, chimpanzee, butterfly and lion. The app is designed for children and adults to use together as they explore the outdoors.

As a few brief examples, one activity gave children a glimpse of what it's like to be a Loggerhead Sea Turtle swimming through an obstacle-strewn environment. Young players moved around with the iPad to "collect" plastic bags and avoid the jellyfish. Players learned how similar plastic bags and jellyfish appear to the turtle, why recycling is important to aquatic life. Players use the microphone to record their interpretation of a Brown Bear's "growl," and then learned that bears also make crying and sighing sounds. In other exploration activities, players become the "nose" of an African Lion mother searching for her cubs, saw the world through a Monarch Butterfly's eyes, all reinforcing the importance of the five senses and how all animals use these senses in the wild.

Requires iOS7 or higher and is compatible with iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPod 5, iPad 2 and iPhone 4 and above. Also available in Spanish, this app is free to download - and free of in-app purchases.

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