The Human Body by Tinybop app gets biological for children

The human body is a fascinating thing, for adults as much as children. Which is a nice way of saying I should have paid more attention in biology when I was younger…

The Human Body by Tinybop is the latest app aiming to help children understand how humans work. “Explore a working model of the body,” explains its App Store listing. “Every part is animated and interactive: the heart beats, guts gurgle, lungs breathe, the skin feels, and eyes see.”

It’s aimed at children aged four and up, with the body divided into six layers: the skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems. The feature we like the sound of most is the recording mode, where you and your children can ask and answer questions (and trust us, your kids will have plenty of questions, because the subject matter is so interesting).

Tinybop also makes nifty use of your iPhone or iPad’s camera, microphone, tilting controls and photo/music libraries to explain different bits of the body.

As with a growing number of children’s apps, there are extra resources on developer Tinybop’s website: a PDF handbook with facts, discussion questions and more ideas for taking its lessons out into the real world.

The Human Body by Tinybop costs £0.69 / $0.99 for iPhone and iPad on Apple’s App Store.

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