Monday, November 19, 2012

New App for Kids -- “Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures” (Review)

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Ranger Rick Celebrates 50 Years with Debut of
New Ranger Rick Jr. Magazine and “Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures”

"Explore the animal kingdom with Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures™! Each Appventure spotlights a unique animal and its habitat through an animated, interactive photo story. Play fun games and make your own animal creations to dive deeper into each animal's world!

The first Appventure in the series takes children to the African grasslands to meet Lars the Lion and discover how lions live. Lars uses photos, animation, videos, and infographics to tell you all about lions."

features include 
  • Animal Piano Make music and play songs using the sounds made by lions, elephants, and other animals.

  • Photo Safari Take photos of all the lions in Lars' pride. To find them all, kids need to pick up the iPad and move it around!
  • Animal Builder Mix and match body parts to create realistic and silly animals.
who's who in appventures

My Thoughts:

Savannah has been playing the the new "Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures" app all weekend, and can't get enough of it.  Having been a fan of other kid-friendly apps created by Moonbot Studios, who partnered to create this app, we were eager to try out the app.  Young children and adults will love the wildlife photography and cute animations, which get children excited about wild animals.  Through games, an interactive photo story, music and more, this new app will have children engaged for hours.  I had to pull Savannah from the app for dinner, as she was having fun creating her own story, with the easy to navigate activity sequence.

I can say that Savannah's favorite part of this app is the Animal Piano feature.  She loves tapping on the iPad screen to hear the sounds each of the wild animals make.  Who knew that you could make beautiful music with the sounds of the wild.  :-)  And, her second favorite feature of this new app was the Animal builder activity, where she was able to mix and match body parts of animals to make her own new animals.  Each time she made a new animals, she would let out a chuckle, as she knew what she created was silly.  My husband even got in on the fun and helped create new animals with the builder, alongside Savannah.  What a great way to spend quality time together. :-)

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Overall, this new Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures app is one worth checking out.  Young children will not only learn about the animals of the wild, but will have fun with the games and activities that make up this app. 

Don't forget to check out the new Ranger Rick Jr. available in December.  "For the first time in Ranger Rick’s 50-year history, beginning readers can receive a Ranger Rick-branded magazine specially designed for their interests and reading skills. Ranger Rick Jr. is a new, colorful print magazine packed with intriguing facts and world-class animal photography."You can order an annual, 10-issue print subscription of Ranger Rick Jr. for only $19.95. The magazine will also be available on newsstands for $3.99. Digital editions, including subscriptions and single copies, are available for the Nook at and Kindle at
To learn more about the National Wildlife Federation, Ranger Rick Jr. magazine, “Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures” and all of NWF’s properties and initiatives, visit or  


Explore Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures today!

Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures” is available for the iPad for $4.99 in the iTunes App Store.

About National Wildlife Federation
National Wildlife Federation is the nation’s largest conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. Ranger Rick magazine has entertained and educated generations of children about the wonders of nature. Today, Ranger Rick is a kid-loved, parent-trusted and teacher-approved multi-media brand of fun, educational kids products that includes the award-winning Ranger Rick magazine, Ranger Rick Jr. magazine, and “Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures.”

Disclosure: I was sent a promo code to download and play with this new app from the vendor, in order to help with my review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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