Curious George: Zoo Animals

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Description of App: 

Curious George at the ZooBy Houghton Mifflin HarcourtDescriptionTop 3 Education App! (April 2012)Developed by one of the world’s largest providers of educational materials for Pre-K–12 learning, Curious George at the Zoo is a fun, engaging, and entertaining app that will also support your child’s learning and development along the way.Is your child curious about animals? Curious George is!George has been asked to help out at the zoo. George needs your child’s help to wake, clean, and feed the animals.Features and benefits:Pop-up Menu

  • Explore the zoo using a beautiful, interactive, 3D pop-up menu.
  • Listen to lively audio narration by the Man with the Yellow Hat.

Animal Enclosure

  • Visit animals in their individual zoo enclosures.
  • Wake up the animals by patting, rocking, and talking to them.
  • Learn what foods the animals like to eat, and find out what they don’t like!
  • Collect fun stickers for completing tasks. You can use the stickers to create pictures in the sticker album.
  • Develop hand-eye coordination by dragging, tapping, rubbing, and more.

Video

  • Watch movies of each animal in its natural habitat.
  • Learn fun and interesting facts about the animals from the Man with the Yellow Hat.

Game

  • Each region comes with a super game to play that reinforces and extends learning across a number of core areas including
  • Memory skills
  • Sorting ability
  • Reasoning skills
  • Collect stickers when you play each game.

Sticker Album

  • You can make zoo pictures using stickers and backgrounds, and you can save your favorites!
  • Pick from zoo backgrounds or use your own photos and save pictures to your child’s photo album.

Must be connected to WiFi for initial downloadWhat's New in Version 1.4Since its release, Curious George at the Zoo has had over one million downloads and reached #1 iPad education app in 60 countries.Now a fourth region, The Outback, is available for purchase!The Outback includes:

  • 5 new animals to look after: Chris the Crocodile, Kate the Kangaroo, Casey the Koala, Ely the Emu and William the Wombat.
  • 5 new educational animal videos.
  • A chance to test out your skills, finding the matching animal pairs in mini-game, Memory Magic.
  • 5 new backgrounds and over 20 new virtual stickers for the sticker area.
  • More fun Curious George interactions.

Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known

Version: 

1.4

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

Accessibility Comments: 

None of the features can be accessed with VoiceOver on, so you have to start by turning it off. From there, the interface chages so frequently that the feedback you get is not consistent enough to make it accessible. The second screen has animals you can tap and sometimes they will open up a new screen where you use different gestures to "ake up" the animal. The gestures are spoken and are easy to use. The second activity which requiers one to access three different tools at the bottom f the screen again changes a lot so you cannot always grab the item. For example, you must first wash the animal with the sponge before you can access the water. However the sponge graphic is so close to the water as well as the brush it makesitdifficult to grab. I was able to feed the animal after washing it bu this took several attempts. The food on the next screen is also not in a consistent place. I was not able to access any other features like the sticker book or the games, although "The Man in the Yellow Hat" (I think that's the voice talking), told me I earned some stickers after completing the lion's bath.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads no page elements.

Button Labeling: 

No buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is totally inaccessible.

Other Comments: 

I'm not sre I would say the app is completely inaccessible, but there's no rating for an app that has parts which can be used without Vo but is still not accessible. Given this is a children's app, it may be useful to blind parents with sighted children since it has a lot of music and videos which can be heard. Overall, I would not recommend this app for VO users.