At the moment there is an educational mobile app for kids called Monki Animal Builder by Monkimun SL, that is available on both Android and iOS platforms, which is creating a lot of buzz on social media.
As I happen to children of my own, I was keen to see what all the fuss was about and installed the free download for myself from Google Play and checked it out.
So what is Monki Animal Builder exactly? Well obviously with a title like that you would think it has something to do with creating your own animals, but it’s a bit more than just that.
Monki Animal Builder is a fun app that let’s you easily create crazy animated animals that could turn out to be cute, funny or just plain weird (so it’s not just your average cat or dog!).
How it works is you start off selecting one from 6 of very colorful eggs that will hatch. Then on the next screen you are then given a range of very colorful animal body parts and accessories to attach to the body which includes things like butterfly wings, tentacles and even elephant trunks!
How it works:
You get to choose and attach body parts (like eyes, arms and wings) that pop-up in random order in boxes underneath your animals body torso. This will make it come alive and animate a certain way. You have the option of clothes or accessories too.
Things like funny pirate hats or sunglasses or boots. So you can really end up with a very strange or funny animal – either way it’s going to be very unique looking. You can add as many accessories you need to make the possibilities virtually endless.
Anything not that great about it?
For an app that is free to use without any 3rd party advertising pop-ups or in-app purchases, it’s hard to find anything really bad about it. Kids of a younger age (say 2 to 3 years old) may struggle or find it hard to understand what is going on, so some parental guidance will go a long way to kids younger than the suggested ages.
Also if you want to play with your kids it’s going to be better if you tablet size device to make things easier while using it together. Using your mobile is fine though and it will certainly works well on a phone.
What I really liked about it:
- Very colorful fun graphics and music – this something any 4 year old or above is going to really want to engage in and will keep their attention
- Easy to follow – this is especially so for kids, the objects on the screen are nice and big so a small child won’t have any problems trying to identify things or selecting them
- You can actually have fun with other kids too – as there is an option to share online your funny creations with other app users from around the world.
Plenty of variety in graphic and music that even includes educational vocabulary with sentences makes this app a great learning tool for your pre-school child.
Overall I think Monki Animal Builder is a great way to spend more time with your kids. You can share their excitement as they create cute and funny animals and have a laugh together. The variety of funny little animals you can come up with this app is quite amazing. For an app that is free to download on Google Play its definitely worth checking out.
Monki Animal Builder: English requires Android 2.3 and up.
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