Isygames, adds Muscles for Kids, to their expanding series of human anatomy apps for children ages 7-14. As with their other award winning apps in this series – D. Bones, the Amazing Digestive Journey, Heart and Lung labs, this one is likewise stellar and a must have for little athletes and future scientists! Although written on a level for kids, it is informative and engaging to keep an adult’s attention too. The app itself covers all the main muscle groups and their functions, and is divided up into three sections – a visual atlas with anatomically correct and professionally illustrated views of the major muscle groups, an interactive feature that teaches the basic function and rationale of how muscles work, and the opportunity to quiz yourself once you’ve had time to explore and play the game.
On the opening page, you are presented with a choice of where to go and explore. Under the “Learn More” section is the incredibly detailed atlas depicting both a front and back view of the human body and its muscular system. It is exquisite in its breadth and precision. I love how the illustration is placed on an off-white manila colored background so that kids can spend some time really studying how the muscles are placed without having the glare and refraction of a purely white backdrop that often fatigues the eyes. This page also allows the user to learn at their own pace by either tapping on the tabs or on the particular muscles. By presenting the material in this way, it reduces visual clutter and helps to channel attention. And that…helps us remember what we are learning! It is these kinds of details that make Isygames a leader in science apps for kids. Early learning or just playing with this portion of the app will help plant a seed of knowing…that will help kids well into adulthood – especially when they are at the gym at 35 years old and trying to get fit!
In the “Experiment with Muscles” section, you can try out how muscles work together to get you moving. Did you know that bending your elbow and straightening it involves two different muscle groups? And how about that - muscles can pull but not push? What is that all about? This is a time to back away and physically explore what push and pull “feel” like, and what does it take to play “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”. Giving kinetic experience through familiar games and activities gives kids a new layer of understanding and applicability of learning something new to one’s everyday experience.
In the quiz section, you can test out your knowledge and understanding in either an easy or difficult mode. It is not as easy as you think…and it is fun to see how you score. It is great how Isygames presents one system at a time to allow kids space and time to truly absorb the material. And after over 30+ years in providing therapy, this app is challenging and has made my day! Check out Isygames and help young scientists to discover the wonders of the human body!
About the Author
Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play every day; so that "her kids" grow up to be healthy independent learners.