*This is a collaborative post
LP and Little Man love finding new apps to use and enjoy and their latest discovery is Animal Rescue. It’s a really brightly coloured book app based on Patrick George’s original interactive Animal Rescue children’s book. The app is purely visual – there are no words or instructions meaning that any child can really enjoy Animal Rescue regardless of their age, level of development or native language.
The aim of Animal Rescue is to reunite animals on each page with their friends and family, sending them back to their natural habitat. The app can be read like a book, going through page by page but once you have met all the animals it’s simple to skip through to your favourite animal each time you play.
As animals are rescued the buttons light up and the game looks just so happy – Little Man loved the sense of accomplishment each time an animal was saved and he really felt like he was doing a good deed. He loved being able to use the app completely by himself, not needing any help and it really empowered him to keep playing and keep saving those animals – all by himself.
Animal Rescue is full of real life sound effects and has repetition that makes it so easy for children to pick up and the beautiful animations kept Little Man engaged throughout. By using Animal Rescue Little Man has learnt more about animals, where they come from and the reasons they may be separated from their friends and family or taken from their natural habitats. Without even realising it, Little Man has leant more about respecting animals, where animals that he sees in zoos and on the TV originally came from and about the wider natural world.
Little Man loved so many of the animals within Animal Rescue – sadly, his favourites were ones he had previously seen in zoos like lions and bears so it was nice to be able to show him how those animals live when they’re not in cages or behind glass. Little Man has really enjoyed using Animal Rescue and it’s so much like a book that it can be enjoyed again and again – he’s literally used Animal Rescue every day since we first downloaded it.
The Animal Rescue app is currently available for iPhone and iPad from the App Store and on Android from Google Play. It costs just £1.99 and I am sure that any child will enjoy it just as much as Little Man.