Okay, I know it is my job to look at all these apps and tell you about them, but I must say that this one is completely, legitimately cool. It is no wonder it was ranked as the #1 Educational App in the US when it was first launched. It also boasts a ton of positive reviews from the likes of BBC, NY Times and National Geographic.
The best thing about this application is that it focuses your child's attention AWAY from the app and onto the great outdoors. This application is a scrapbook for wildlife encounters. You are encouraged to take pictures of animals and plants and document your encounter on the application. It even has a feature to help you identify any animal, or plant life you are unfamiliar with.
Socially network with others in your area by using the Field Guide feature and see what sorts of wildlife have been spotted in your geographical location. Integrated into the application is also a Field Mission option. Local wildlife research groups typically need help documenting migration paths of birds, or the growth of some type of plant. You can see what is needed from such organizations near you and help them by sending them information, via the application, of such things in your area.
As an activity, going out into the world and looking at things is highly therapeutic. This application adds education, social activity and contribution to an ongoing mission, as you document all organisms on the planet for educational reference.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.