My kids are definitely growing up in a world full of “tech”. My eldest, who just started JK in September states that “computer class” is her favorite. So, we’re often looking for opportunities to allow her to play with our devices in a way that’s a bit more educational/interactive than, say, Angry Birds. The most recent App we’ve had the chance to check out is the 3D learning Cypher Kids Augmented Reality Cards – Club Wild Animal adventures.
First, Kate went on a little outing to Wal-mart to buy the cards. You can can see more about her shopping trip here. Quick note the cards are found in the entertainment/electronics section of Wal-mart with the Apple Accessories, not in the toy section like you might think. She then dropped them off with my family to give them a try, since my daughter is a little older and allowed to touch the iPad (A.C. is still not up to handling it by himself yet). We downloaded the free App from the AppStore to our iPad and got started. Of course, the first thing I did was to try to use the cards without reading the directions. My first thought is that if it’s rated for kids 3 and up, I should be able to avoid reading the directions, right? Yeah, no dice. So, the crucial bits are 1. use the game in a fairly well lit area, 2. put the card on a table with the photo side down and the 3D code side up and 3. volume should be on.
My girl is crazy for any opportunity to learn about animals, so the Animal Adventures game was fun for her. She flipped through the cards to find her favorite animals and then we used the ‘Explorations’ part of the game to learn more about them. After watching me do it and a bit of explanation, she could manage it all herself. As you focus in on the 3D card, the animal you’ve selected starts to move around the screen and a pre-recorded voice tells you all sorts of interesting facts about the animal that you selected. Near the end of the story of information there is an opportunity to interact with the animals, touching them will get them to repeat an action, like roaring for the lion, or breaching for the whale. Definitely fun for the kiddos. The whole experience reminded me a bit of being at an aquarium or at a zoo with a pre-recorded guide. It was pretty cool.
Another feature of the game – albeit one it took a bit of doing to get the hang of, was viewing the animal in 3D while still keeping the card in view of the camera. I didn’t quite get the hang of it until I read a couple of other reviews for tips (you can find some other reviews here, and here). I’m excited to try this out again and see if I can improve the experience even more. I believe we’ll be taking these with us tomorrow to brunch with another family. I can’t wait to see how all the kids interact with them!
The Cypher Kids Club Reality Cards and App by Cypher Entertainment can be used on the iPhone, iPod or iPad in three educational subjects: Wild Animals, Numbers and Letters. They can be purchased at select Walmart stores. For more information on the cards, visit www.cypherkidsclub.com website or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
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