Children's Technology Review: Napoleon Bone Apart Review

by Warren Buckleitner | Children's Technology Review

Need to memorize the 200 or so bones in the human body? This app is designed to help children build vocabulary and knowledge of the major bones of the human skeleton. It also highlights the size and shape of each bone by creating a jigsaw style puzzle type of game. Your challenge is to follow the highlighted cues and then put "Napoleon" (the friendly skeleton) back together from a pile of bones.

The bones click into place as the scientific name is pronounced and displayed. When Napoleon is complete, he'll dance a jig and you get to do it all over again. Key features of the app include: light-up positioning cues; display of scientific names of bones; and animation.

Need to know: you can't control the pacing, so if you want to speed through the app, you can get bogged down. Also, the clues are so obvious that they remove the challenge. It would be nice to have a "challenge mode" where you get to build the entire skeleton. These are minor issues -- this is a potentially useful app for an older elementary age child.

Children's Technology Review: Napoleon Bone Apart Review