Editorial Review

The Human Body by Tinybop

Kids learn about the human body through interactive free play
Graphite Rating 3
  • Users can watch how the body reacts to various stimuli.
  • Simple user interface helps isolate the different layers.
  • Users can explore different areas of the body in greater detail.
  • Choosing to include text labels increases learning potential.
Loaded with fascinating images, interactivity, and vocabulary.
No instructions, formal games, or activities within the app (but a free guide is available).
Bottom Line
Creative, interactive app for human body education, especially suited to kids who enjoy free play.

Graphite Expert Review

Dana Villamagna
Common Sense Graphite Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Graphite Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

Beautiful, layered models with fun animations. Adding instructions or suggestions for how to explore models could increase engagement for kids who prefer more guided exploration.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

No formal games or activities. Mostly learning via free play. Kids can add commentary in record mode. Labels provide detailed anatomy and biology vocabulary. A handbook on the developer's website provides direction and ideas.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Account allows parents and teachers to track multiple users' play. The 22-page downloadable handbook provides excellent ideas, extension activities, and resources.

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What's It Like?

The Human Body by Tinybop presents the human body's senses and organ systems as six interactive, layered models. There are no verbal or written instructions, although there is a free downloadable guide on the Tinybop website with instruction and ideas for how to use this free-play tool effectively. Each model highlights important structures like bones, the heart, and intestines. Kids can see how smelling flowers or being bitten by a mosquito sets off reactions in the body that cause the brain to process that sensory information. Kids can record audio observations or questions on each page. Teachers can create a user account for each student, then create another account to track activity.

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Is It Good For Learning?

The Human Body by Tinybop provides up-close and relevant ways for kids to learn the senses and systems within their bodies. Kids who prefer directed play may not feel comfortable with the lack of instruction on this app, but teachers can download the free 22-page handbook with directions and ideas. Each model includes movements and sounds, and text labels can be toggled on or off. With 50 different languages available, it can also be an interesting way to learn human-body vocabulary in other languages.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

The Human Body can introduce human anatomy to students in a fun way. Use the dozens of ideas from the downloadable guide to tailor lessons to each of the six models, or take kids on a delightful journey through how the body reacts to various stimuli (such as mosquito bites, scents, or yummy-tasting foods) via interactive whiteboard presentations. For more details about classroom use, the developers suggest contacting them via the Support section on the Tinybop website.

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