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$2.99 at time of review

Velociraptor: Small and Speedy - Smithsonian's Prehistoric Pals

Age Level: Ages 0–5, Ages 5-8
By Developer: Oceanhouse Media

If your child is intrigued by the Jurassic Park villain, the Velociraptor, look no further. The Velociraptor, one of the smallest creatures from the late Cretaceous Period (about 75 million years ago), weighed up to 50 pounds and was about three feet tall. What they lacked in size was made up for by their intelligence, speed and fierce nature.

The app takes you on a typical day in the life of a Velociraptor. At the end of the story you are taken to a page that gives additional information about Velociraptors and the era in which they lived.

With all Oceanhouse Media apps, everything on each page is tappable, with the word of the item shown and said out loud. In addition, one can tap a word in the story to hear it again, or double tap to hear the sentence again. There are many other creatures from the same time period within the story, so if you're having a, “It's called a what?” moment, having the ability to see and hear the names again is very handy. Words are highlighted as story is read. If you want to record and share your own rendition, they have you covered! The app is accompanied by great background music and sounds that one would expect in this time period. The artwork is excellent!

Velociraptor: Small and Speedy is one of the 10 Smithsonian's Prehistoric Pal apps by Oceanhouse Media. Purchase it for $2.99, or get the whole bundle for $9.99. That's a nice savings for some stellar apps. Meet each featured dinosaur, as well as a slew of others that are incorporated into each story.

Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Designed for kids 3-8.


  • ENCOURAGE literacy skills with highlighted narration
  • LEARN new vocabulary with tappable words and pictures
  • RECORD your own narration & share it with others
  • KEEP kids in the story with parental controls 
  • SELECT a scene with easy-to-use navigation

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