The game features Safari animals, mini games, artifacts and relics to discover and collect. During play children also learn facts about the environment they are exploring which not only helps with reading skills but also educates them about Africa.
One of Keira’s favourite mini games is bathing the animals with fruit juice to change their colour and fur patterns. It’s a lot of fun and it keeps her engaged for quite a while before she wants to move on to other parts of the game.
Keira isn’t able to read yet but with my help we had some fun asking the in-game guide, Darwin, plenty of questions. The app actually makes use of Apple’s SIRI technology to allow players to construct different questions which are then answered by Darwin with interesting facts. To create questions for Darwin the player simply selects words and form a sentence. This is helpful for teaching/learning proper sentence structures.
There are of course other fun activities in the game from a musical band, “The Jungle Beat Animals”, through to learning finger demands to get animals to move.
The only issue with the game that I found was that it is a bit difficult to move the animals around, especially for Keira who easily gets frustrated by running around in circles and bumping into trees.
As a family we love that at the end of the game the app actually generates a unique storybook about your child’s Safari adventure. The storybook itself is interactive and encourages children to expand their vocabulary as you are able to switch through various synonyms at different points in the story.
Parents who wish to monitor usage of SAFARI TALES need only setup the settings in Parent Corner. From here, access to the game can be PIN-restricted, parents can set their child’s reading age and can control game length from a variety of session times, ensuring playtime fits your rules.
Overall, SAFARI TALES is a fun game loaded with educational opportunities that truly engage young minds.
Safari Tales is available now on iOS, Android and Amazon.
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Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!