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Why AppHipMom loves it: fun, interactive experience about the human body
The Human Body app by Tinybop caught my eye as I haven’t seen many good apps geared specifically to younger children when it comes to learning the basics about the human anatomy. So I was excited when Tinybop offered me a chance to take The Human Body app on a test run.
The strength of the app lies with its incredible animation. The app contains 6 interactive layers consisting of the skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems. Kids will discover and investigate at every turn the systems that make the human body function. This plays well to the natural curiosity of children.
I love that each part can be zoomed in to learn more. For example, put a carrot by the mouth and watch as the carrot travels from the mouth into the stomach. Zoom into the stomach and watch the carrot travel through the esophagus into the stomach. Your child will love listening to the sounds the stomach makes and get a kick when they discover the bubble in the stomach elicits a loud burp. Speak into the iPhone or iPad and see how the sound reaches the ear into the brain. Pull the skeleton bones apart and see what happens. Kids can even record questions for parents at any point just by tapping the screen.
Where the sound and animation are its strengths, the lack of instruction within the app will be its weakness. The only text in the app are the labels of the body parts (available in 50 languages). Because the app is intended for a young audience, who may not yet be strong readers, I recognize that the developer intentionally kept the user interface simple. However, as a parent, I don’t have the time or patience to figure it out as I go. Having said that, Tinybop created a handbook that outlines each of the 6 body systems along with the activities to look for within each. The handbook is detailed and extremely helpful for parents.
Overall, the Human Body is a beautiful, solid app that younger kids will enjoy.
Disclosure: I received a promo code for review purposes. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.