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Ginkgo: A Day in the Time of Dinosaurs

Ginkgo: A Day in the Time of Dinosaurs

Spring 2017 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 9 yrs.
Download Price: $3.99
Platform: iPad

Ginkgo Dino is really two apps in one. Children are invited to explore the prehistoric era first by exploring a lush forest, following Ginkgo -- a wide-eyed monkey-like yet undefinable character -- on a journey to meet dinosaurs and other ancient animals. With every creature there is an opportunity for interaction -- Ginkgo plays with some, shares food with others (and we learn that different dinosaurs like different foods), and shrinks from one or two scary beings. Young players will especially enjoy the leisurely pace and seemingly endless jungle.

In the other half of Ginkgo Dino, there is an encyclopedia of the creatures in the forest. Paleontologists describe what we know (and don't know) of these animals and their origins in challenging read-along passages. Players can uncover the bones of each animal in a dig site and then assemble them onto a framework. Each animal interactively offers several other objects or creatures for perspective -- is this dinosaur larger than a school bus? A whale? Nothing in the encyclopedia is overly simplified for the young audience; children's vocabularies will likely receive a substantial boost, and parents and kids will want to talk together about what some of the passages mean. Dinosaur-obsessed kids will find plenty of new material to entice them, and even parents are likely to learn a lot.

Emily Crawford   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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MoonaGroup Limited
Available on iTunes

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