AR, which stands for Augmented Reality, is one of the coolest technologies I’ve ever seen. The best way to explain it, is that it is like looking at a real view of your live environment, with a computerized element that is projected onto it. AR Flashcards, by Mitchlehan Media, uses the technology of augmented reality in this app to give traditional educational flashcards a fun twist of interactivity for both kids and adults!
Below is the example of A – Alligator, standing on top of my printed flashcard on my dining room table.
AR Flashcards – Animal Alphabet is an app that works with your iPhone or iPad devices. It can be downloaded from the iTunes store for $1.99. The flashcards that come with the application can be downloaded on the AR Flashcards website.
We have been going through flashcards frequently with my daughter, who is now 2 1/2 years old. She identifies animals and we like to work on saying the alphabet. I was very excited to review the AR Flashcards because I feel like these are so much more interactive than the others. I printed them out on my home computer onto cardstock and cut them out. The app, which is super easy to install, almost looks like your camera when you start it up. When you point your device over the flashcard, the animal appears! Then, your child can touch the animal on your phone and it will say both the letter and the animal name. My daughter shrieked with glee at this! I couldn’t get the rest of the flashcards cut out fast enough because she was so excited to see them all!
Here is a screenshot taken with my daughter’s hand behind the flashcard.
The app also has a section where you have the option to just go through the flashcards. The flashcards are cleverly designed, including a distinguishable part of the animals body in the design of the letter itself. My daughter was repeating the letters and animal names and I could tell that she was learning a lot from this app, which of course is what is most important to me as a parent. She absolutely loved this app and we have played with it daily for hours on end. AR Flashcards – Animal Alphabet gets two thumbs up at our house!