Do you remember Ranger Rick magazine from when you were a kid?  Well, now you can enjoy Ranger Rick Jr. with your own children with the Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures: Lions app!  This app is centered around Ricky Raccoon and his friend, Lars the Lion.  Come along with Ricky and Lars as they embark on an adventure of a lifetime as they travel to the grasslands of Africa!  I was really excited to see this app, because I always loved nature magazines and books growing up – and now I love sharing them with my son!

The Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures: Lions app features three main sections: Explore, Play, and Create.  In the “Explore” section, kids will see beautiful wildlife photography, as well as engaging videos and slideshows.  There are lots of playful animated “infographics” and fun (and sometimes surprising) animal facts, too!  The “Play” section features several fun games centered around wildlife and nature.  Some of the games included are: 1) Photo Safari – kids can count the lions in Lars’ pride by surveying a 360 degree view of the African plains, 2) Sound Match – kids can pair animals with the sounds they make, 3) Hide-and-Seek – kids will find the cubs hidden in the African grasslands by tilting the iPad around, 4) Jigsaw Puzzle – kids can piece together animal photos, and 5) What’s Wrong? – kids will figure out the humorous mistakes in a wildlife scene.  Lastly, in the “Create” section, there are four different ways kids can create their own works of art…1) Animal Piano – kids can compose really “wild” music with animal sounds, 2) Sticker Board – kids can find stickers in the photo story and use them to create fun pictures, 3) Animal Builder – kids will mix and match animal body parts to make their own unique animal, and 4) Trail Tales – kids can write their own funny fill-in-the-blank stories!

I really loved the Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures: Lions app!  I think that children will enjoy all the different ways there are to learn and interact with this app, from the wildlife photography to the educational games to the surprising animal facts.  If you have kids that love animals and nature – be sure to check out Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures: Lions – I highly recommend it!

Price when Reviewed: $4.99

See the app in iTunes

Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.  This app is designed for iPad.

Seller: National Wildlife Federation

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.


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