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 Apps to help your Kids explore the Great Outdoors

Article by Maureen Kasuku
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Posted: August 18, 2020

Kids buggin’ over cabin fever? A trip outside will do them good. Nothing beats the outdoors and fresh air. A good ol’ excursion is a great way for them to release all that pent up energy. A day spent exploring nature is not only good for the body, it’s an opportunity for you and the kids to bond while learning about the world you live in. Here are five brilliant nature apps.

Meet the Insects: Village Edition (Age 4+)

This app will teach your children about insects found around their community. The app encourages kids to study the insects they spot outside. They’re encouraged to take and compare quality photos and videos of bugs, participate in quizzes, and journal their experiences. This mobile tool supports education about beneficial insects and how they have a positive impact on sustainable food production. Download it for free on (iTunes)

iBird Guide to Birds (Age 3+

The beautiful field-marked illustrations in this app (available on iOs & Android) makes identifying birds easier for kids. There are details (including information about ecology, range and habitat, breeding and nesting, foraging and feeding), photos you can zoom in on and audio clips of bird songs and calls.  You don’t even need an internet connection to use the app in the field. Yay! Let your child become an ornithologist for a day. 

Leafsnap (Age 5+)

Leafsnap is a fun, easy-to-use app that identifies trees.

Go for a walk, take a shot of a leaf and this little wonder will identify its tree and give all kinds of information about it. When the kids discover a beautiful wildflower or unusual looking shrub, they can simply take a pic and have the app identify it for them.

It can currently recognize 90% of all known species of plants and trees, which covers most of the species you will encounter in every country on Earth. How cool is that?

OceanLife (Age 5+)

If your kids are near a water body,  they might be curious to learn about a creature they spotted or be able to identify a school of fish. This app will serve as your ultimate resource. From little fish, to large ocean mammals like whales & dolphins. This app has  you and the kids  covered. Available on Google Play & Apple Store.

 

SkyView (Age 10+)

Are your kids fascinated by astronomy?  Sky gaze as a family with Skyview. Available on Google Play & Apple Store You don’t need to be an astronomer to find stars or constellations in the sky; just open SkyView and let it guide you to their location and identify them.  SkyView uses your camera to precisely spot and identify celestial objects in the sky, day or night. Find popular constellations as they fade in and out while you scan across the sky. Locate planets in our solar system, discover distant galaxies, and witness satellite fly-bys. 

 

Don’t know where to start with nature exploration? Check out Nature Trails in Nairobi 

About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life

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