Focusing on marine and aquatic life, you open the menu to letters of the alphabet with animal pictures next to them. Some letters have more than one animal, like A is for alligator, anemone and anglefish. Others may only have one, X is for x-ray fish and Y is for yellowfin tuna, but each animal has several learning tabs. Sharing the app with beginners, you may just like the first tabs that tells the name of the animal and spells it out with flashcards at the bottom of the screen. This tab includes a simple hidden picture game option as well. Older learners will enjoy the movies that appear on the other tabs.
Don’t let the simple animated cover page fool you. Brought to you by Little Explorers, ABC Aquarium was definitely more that I expected it to be. All visuals in the app are impressive HD photos and included media covering everything from Ernest Borgnine reading Rainbow Fish, in its entirety, to 20 minute Discovery Channel features. My oldest daughter picked it up anticipating another humdrum basic ABC app. Half an hour later she’d shared with her sisters a remarkable video of a reporter up close and personal with elephant seal pups, a Disney film of Orcas at SeaWorld and the P-P-P-P Platypus Puppet song, that had us all laughing. I appreciated that credit is give to each video just in case I wanted to look for more information later.
Whether your children are just starting to learn the alphabet or are they are thinking about becoming future biologists, they are sure to enjoy the spectacular introduction to animal life included in ABC Aquarium. Although the target audience is Preschool age, I know its one I can truthfully say our whole family can enjoy, even Fisheries Biologist, Dad.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.
P.S. ABC Aquarium is also available in Spanish. Just make the change in the settings.