Awards

Tillywig Brain Child Award

To be selected as a Tillywig award winner, a product must have high entertainment and/or educational value. Toys and games selected for a Brain Child Award are exciting products that energize the mind while seamlessly blending fun and learning. Tillywig’s awards program provides retail buyers, news media, parents and consumers with information and reviews of superior children’s products available in today’s marketplace. (Ansel & Clair: Dinosaur Trilogy of Apps)

Mom’s Choice Silver Award

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 40 countries. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media look for the MCA mother-and-child Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality products and services for children and families (Ansel & Clair: Dinosaur Trilogy of apps)

 

2012: National Parenting Center – Seal of Approval

We’re quite sure we have never seen any product priced under $2 come close to garnering the overwhelming enthusiasm and excitement as this app did from our testers. How did they love it? Let us count the ways: 1) It kept kids entertained for hours, 2) It takes full advantage of every sensory component of the iPad, 3) The visuals are stunning and completely immerse children in the experience, 4) It is crammed with information about this dinosaur period, 5) Your child can become a virtual paleontologist using on screen chisels, hammers and brushes as they hunt for fossils, 6) You can set up different accounts for each of your children so that they can set off and travel their journey at their own pace, create their own scrapbook of pictures and delve into areas that most interest them. We could go on but we think you get the idea. This is a superb example of what educational apps can and should be. Got an iPad and a dino loving kid? Get this app.

Ansel & Clair: Dinosaur Trilogy of apps winner of 2013 Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Children’s Products Award

Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Children’s Products Awards were developed by noted child development authority, Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Dr. Toy).  Using extensive criteria she has developed over many years, Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Children’s Products are very carefully chosen from among hundreds she has reviewed at toy fairs, in catalogs, and through many other sources. “Children learn best through play,” says Dr. Auerbach, “and these Best Vacation Products encourage children to maximize their potential and make the most of Smart Play. By making a renewed focus on summertime as a special time for choosing new products for children, parents help to improve their children’s development. This is a perfect time for parents to ‘take stock’ of the inventory of what their children are playing with, what is not being used, and what they need next in their development.”

Silver Award Winner National Parenting Publication (NAPPA)

For 20 years the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) has been the go-to resource for the best products for families. NAPPA’s team of independent expert judges, along with family and child testers, select the most innovative and enduring products as NAPPA Gold and Honors winners in two annual competitions, Children’s Products and Parenting Resources. Far more than a seal of approval, a NAPPA award signifies that a product has been rigorously evaluated against stringent criteria and stands out among hundreds of other products from around the world.

Parents’ Choice Silver Award 2012

The Parents’ Choice Awards program honors the best material for children.  The Parents’ Choice Awards evaluation process is a lengthy and confidential one Award presented by the non-profit Parents’ Choice Foundation to recognize “the very best products for children of different ages and backgrounds, and of varied skill and interest levels.  It is considered a “prestigious” award among children’s products, and has been described as the industry equivalent of an Academy Award.  The awards are determined by a committee of educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents and children.

Creative Child 2012 Media of the Year Award

Ansel & Clair Cretaceous Dinosaurs Wins Creative Child 2012 Media of the Year Award

Tillywig Brain Child Award 2012

To be selected as a Tillywig award winner, a product must have high entertainment and/or educational value. Toys and games selected for a Brain Child Award are exciting products that energize the mind while seamlessly blending fun and learning. Tillywig’s awards program provides retail buyers, news media, parents and consumers with information and reviews of superior children’s products available in today’s marketplace.

eSpark

Ansel and Clair: Cretaceous Dinosaurs selected for eSpark “Top of the Class” App Award, which features the best 15 apps in our curriculum! Out of the 750 apps in our curriculum, Ansel and Clair: Cretaceous Dinosaurs stands out as an exemplary model for what we seek.  These 15 apps not only exceed eSpark’s selection criteria, but constantly receive positive feedback from the most important critics – eSpark students. eSpark’s learning design team seeks several qualities when selecting apps for its curriculum:

  • Common Core Standard Alignment
  • An Engaging and Intuitive UI
  • Bang for the Buck
  • Scaffolding of Skills

Newspapers and Magazines

Best new dino-themed iPad apps for kids – USA Today

The “Ansel & Clair” trilogy of dinosaur apps is a must-have for any child who is fascinated by dinosaurs. By combining stunning graphics with cute and amusing interactions with these giant beasts, kids can’t help but be mesmerized. Adding fun mini-games into the mix, as well as an adventure story means that these apps will quickly become kids’ favorites.

iPad App for Kids for Dummies

Wired-Geekdad

Following their most excellent iPad app from 2011, Ansel & Clair’s Adventures in Africa, Cognitive Kid has now come out with a new iPad app, Ansel and Clair: Cretaceous Dinosaurs. Just like the Africa app, this one is fantastic fun and very educational.

Special Needs

If you’re a teacher doing a segment on dinosaurs, or if your child is fascinated by the creatures, then Ansel and Clair’s Cretaceous Dinosaurs app for iPad is a must-have. What is so great about apps like Cretaceous Dinosaurs from Ansel and Clair is that they teach kids without children necessarily realizing it.

The Guardian

This stylish-looking kid-app aims to introduce children to dinosaurs of the Cretaceous period, including T-Rex, Velociraptor and the 15-horned Kosmoceratops. It follows a well-received app by the same developer focusing on African animals.

Educator Reviews

A Matter of App

Ansel and Clair: Cretaceous Dinosaurs was created by Cognitive Kid, Inc., the same creators as Ansel and Clair Adventures in Africa, which has won numerous “best of” and educational app awards. I have not checked out Adventures in Africa, but was definitely interested in seeing what all the hype was about. Does it live up? I totally see what everyone was talking about. This is a great app for learning. 5/5 Stars

eSpark

Ansel and Clair: Cretaceous Dinosaurs selected for eSpark “Top of the Class” App Award, which features the best 15 apps in our curriculum! Out of the 750 apps in our curriculum, Ansel and Clair: Cretaceous Dinosaurs stands out as an exemplary model for what we seek.  These 15 apps not only exceed eSpark’s selection criteria, but constantly receive positive feedback from the most important critics – eSpark students. eSpark’s learning design team seeks several qualities when selecting apps for its curriculum:

  • Common Core Standard Alignment
  • An Engaging and Intuitive UI
  • Bang for the Buck
  • Scaffolding of Skills

If you teach a unit on dinosaurs or fossils, this app is a must include!

How Ansel & Clair Cretaceous Dinosuars can enrich learning:   This app does a wonderful job of teaching students all about the Cretaceous Jurassic period.  I have yet to meet a child who isn’t captivated by dinosaurs, they are fascinated by them!  Ansel & Clair Cretaceous Dinosaurs capitalizes on this interest through a fantastic interactive app where they will learn all about this Jurassic period, fossils, and paleontologists.   The game is guided by Ansel and Clair so even young students know exactly what to do in their adventures.

 

Teachers with Apps

FABULOUS FUN & LEARNING…We have spent many, many hours field-testing this new app with a wide variety of ages…The app has stunning visuals and it completely immerses students in engaging game play, all while they are learning fascinating facts about dinosaurs and what the earth was like 144 million years ago and having a grand time with it! Learning through this medium has so many benefits and it enables kids to delve deeper. It promotes critical thinking skills and there is no comparison to how quickly kids can broaden their knowledge and build their vocabulary on these virtual expeditions! This app contains content to cover the ENTIRE Cretaceous Period and is really an encyclopedia of information. The “gaming” format keeps the kids entirely focused; they barely have time to come up for air.

 

Applicable2U

Overall, we loved this first in the series dinosaur application, Ansel and Clair Cretaceous Dinosaurs and look forward to learning more about the Jurassic and Triassic periods in the coming months. Whether you have a little paleontologist on your hands or need to spruce up your earth science unit, the educational apps that Cognitive Kid have to offer are worth the download.

Blogs And Reviews

These Ansel & Clair apps offer both the education I love and the entertainment she is looking for.

These Ansel & Clair apps offer both the education I love and the entertainment she is looking for. One of her favorite things to do in these apps is to travel back to the time period to interact with and take photos of all the dinosaurs. 

The Bottom Line: These apps are information and creative fun packed, and one of the best parts is their affordable price of just $1.99 per app in the Dinosaur Trilogy (Cretaceous, Jurassic, Triassic).

The iPad Fan

Ansel and Clair: Adventures in Africa.. was amazingly great. A gem in the educational world of apps for the iPad. First up for Ansel and Clair to explore is the Cretaceous Period, and to say the app is a success would be to put it mildly. This is also great for classroom use too!  Another stellar job!

The iPhone Mom

Ansel and Clair: Cretaceous Dinosaurs is a great educational introduction into the world of dinosaurs.

10 Spectacular Apps for Collaborative Play

Ansel and Clair: Cretaceous Dinosaurs is an app with a tremendous amount of information about dinosaurs. Travel back in time with the Ansel and Clair to learn about dinosaurs, their history, features and the world during the Cretaceous period. Ansel and Clair play the role of the teacher supported with pictures and (more…)

Apps For Kids Reviews

Incredibly dynamic and involving, especially with the excellent, video game like appearance and interaction. There is much to explore and learn.  Kids love dinosaurs, so they will love this app.

Famigo

Loaded with educational content ranging from paleontology to geology to zoology. The app has a stellar interface and ultimately looks great.

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