Nature Cat’s Great Outdoors

Ages: 4 - 8Developer: Spiffy Pictures

Is it sunny outside? Is it raining? Do you need to stay inside today? Regardless of the weather, Nature Cat’s Great Outdoors app has an adventure/activity at the ready. Based on the popular PBS series of the same name, the app features over 100 daily adventures that get kids up, out, and moving.

The app, designed for children aged 2 through 8 years, provides over 100 daily adventure prompts that involve observing the world around them, taking pictures, recording sounds, and even creating journals to record their activities. One day they might record the rain or the crunchy sound that snow makes when you walk on it. Another, they might watch birds in flight and draw pictures of what they’ve seen. Children then take their new pictures, drawings, and/or sounds and create journal pages customized with art tools and stickers. Each time a page is completed, children earn new stickers and work towards badges. This app gets kids engaged in learning about the world around them while getting them off the couch and out the door.

Sharon Heuscher ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.