My Birds of Prey HD Lite

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Nature, Life Science

What we like best:

Real photos of feathered friends help teach kids detailed, up close information about birds of prey.

What you should know:

The app’s contests can be challenging for adults, so it’s likely children could become frustrated.
Full Review:

Kids might have to wrestle the grown-ups for a turn on this interesting and educational app. Developed in conjunction with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, My Birds of Prey HD Lite allows kids collect birds by winning them in challenges.

Match facts with the correct bird three times in a row, and win a virtual egg to coddle and care for. Play more match facts, or a fun and frantic feeding game to hatch the egg before bringing the bird to the correct habitat. Little learners must earn food for their fowl by tackling memory match games and a flight pattern shuffle challenge. The combination of virtual pet interactivity, nature facts, crisp graphics and scenic photography will mesmerize little ones, even if tricky challenges may ruffle some feathers. The app is fairly intuitive, with minimal setup.

Start with the lite version, than upgrade for a larger library of birds, including the golden eagle, great gray owl, peregrine falcon and more. It may sound counterintuitive to fight Nature Deficit Disorder with an app, but stunning natural images and educational value here will make even the most tech-weary moms consider purchasing this app.

Reviewed 2012-10-10 on iPad iOS6 by Tia Benjamin

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