Archaeologist: Jurassic Life

LQ: 8.65


Brain grade: 8.1
Fun score: 9.2

Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 4–8 Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:


Archaeologist: Jurassic Life is an app for young children to start learning about the life of a paleontologist while digging up and putting together their own dinosaur skeletons. The user participates in a “dig” by using a pickaxe to break ground and find all the necessary bones. When the bones are located, they are displayed in a side scrolling menu and the user can drag them onto an outline of the dinosaur they are creating. When the bones are completely assembled, the user gets a few interesting facts about the dinosaur they just put together. There is also a 3D AR option where the user can see the dinosaur come to life in the real world. 

The app also features dinosaur puzzles and a coloring book option where the user can color in pictures of various dinosaurs. 

Archaeologist: Jurassic Life is free to download but certain dinosaurs need to be unlocked by purchasing the full version of the app. Younger users who cannot read will need the dinosaur facts read to them by a parent. The app is currently available for iOS and Android. 

Archaeologist: Jurassic Life helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Organization: Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task. 

The activities available in Archaeologist: Jurassic Life can all help younger users begin to develop their organization skills. In the digging portion of the app, users need to look at the outline of the dinosaur and use the pieces they have collected to put the skeleton together correctly. In the coloring app, users can organize the colors and type of coloring method they want to use to make their picture. And finally, the puzzle portion of the app requires the user to move and manipulate the pieces into the right positions to create the whole picture. 

Focus: Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

The app also teaches young users how to focus on a task from beginning to end. The user must first start by digging up and collecting the pieces of bone. Then they have to assemble the pieces into a skeleton. And finally, they need to read the information about the dinosaur and place them into the real world to see how they would look and move. These activities are short tasks that will allow younger users to practice paying attention to an activity in short bursts. The puzzle and coloring portions of the app also allow for the user to practice focusing on short-term tasks such as coloring in a dinosaur or putting a simple puzzle together. 


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