Encyclopaedia Britannica Kids has released Snakes, a new multimedia app that makes it fun to learn about all those slithering animals, with games, puzzles, fact-packed articles and beautiful multimedia. The new mobile download for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch is aligned with the school curriculum and designed for ages 8-12, though, says the announcement, even the youngest and most ophidiophobic kids can enjoy it.
The range of features, which makes Snakes like several apps in one, includes:
* interactive games, including a photographic memory-match, virtual jigsaw puzzles, photo "brush-offs," and magic-square puzzles;
* videos and stunning photography;
* reliable, factual articles on snakes, where and how they live, how they evolved, their sometimes deadly characteristics, and how on earth they move without arms or legs;
* interactive maps showing the natural habitats of different kinds of snakes worldwide;
* quizzes that let kids test themselves on what they've learned.
Snakes is the latest addition to the Britannica Kids series of apps introduced last fall. Others include Dinosaurs, Solar System, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Rainforests, Volcanoes, and Aztec Empire. The series gives children in the middle grades engaging new ways to learn using the digital devices they prefer. Working with its development partner, Concentric Sky, Britannica plans to introduce a new app on Knights and Castles later this spring.
Britannica Kids: Snakes is available for download for $4.99 US on Apple's Apps Store.
Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica, www.britannica.com/