Review: Teach young children with Animals for Kids

View animal pictures and hear the sounds they make with this basic learning game.

Animals for Kids offers pictures and sounds of various animals to help kids learn. With its basic design and operation, young kids can easily master this learning tool, but older kids might want more than Animals for Kids can offer.

There's no real setup for Animals for Kids. Just install it and it's ready to go. The interface is very basic, with 60 multicolored text blocks containing animal names on the right. There's no Help file, but onscreen instructions guide you through the easy process: Click on a block and the image of an animal appears on the left of the screen under its name. The animal's name is spoken aloud and you can either click the block again or hit the space bar to hear the sound the animal makes. The images are good and the animal sounds are realistic, but there are no options to make Animals for Kids into a game. Older children who can read probably won't be too drawn in here, even with the animal sounds. For young kids learning how to read, this basic, free tool offers a low-tech way to see and hear animals.

Animals for Kids does exactly what it promises and helps teach kids about common animals. While it may not offer a lot of features, it works well and it costs you nothing to try.

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