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Petting Zoo - Animal Animations

Petting Zoo - Animal Animations

Spring 2014 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 10 yrs.
Developer: Fox & Sheep
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad

Petting Zoo is a unique app from developers Fox & Sheep, designed and illustrated by author and illustrator Christoph Neimann.. While many apps designed for young children can be over-thought, over-developed and over-stimulating, this creative gem is a rare, simple treat for young children.

Petting Zoo aims to do one thing: invite your child to laugh and play. Mission accomplished! The app opens with a series of singular doodle-like drawings that a child can play with and manipulate. Drag a finger across the screen and the animation reacts depending on how your finger moves. There are many different reactions to different interactions. It is best described as a digital manipulative toy enhanced with imagination and heart.

The magic is in the imagination of the app's designer Christoph Neimann. Each of the 21 screens of animal drawings is creatively implemented, and the reward for interacting with each one is a fun surprise that will bring a smile to users young and old. Neimann sprinkled magic dust on this simple app making it a charming winner and worth the $1.99 for children and adults alike.

Tim Leverett   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Tim Leverett is an entrepreneur living in Rochester, NY. Tim created the Giggles Computer Funtime For Baby Software Series and Club Toddler, and is considered an expert in children's media and software products. He is dad to an 11 year old boy and has many nieces and nephews spanning the ages of newborn to 19 years old.

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