|Cool Site - "Create
crazy animals that could never exist at this surrealistic
- at The Exploratorium, a hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception in
"If the zebrachee and lofadog aren't on
your list of intriguing
animals, pay a virtual visit to the Switcheroo Zoo...
Educational Resources includes links to sites that offer in-depth
information about the animals in the zoo, as well as interdisciplinary
lesson plans and other teaching tools. Your students will be
inspired to pen ditties like those included in the amusing collection
of student-authored odes to their animal creations in Seven
Poems and a Story."
"It's fascinating, factual, and fun... A fascinating new piece of software called Switch Zoo... from the folks at Tubehead has taken an old kid favorite - mixing and matching animal heads, bodies and tails - to a most creative and truly giddy height through the magic of computer morphing. Using it, kids can literally pick and choose from hundreds of animal heads, bodies and tails to fashion together the critter they’ve always dreamed about... It’s a simple concept, but it’s amazing how it gets kids thinking about diversity, adaptation, and species specialization."
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"Players assemble any mixture of animal they can imagine from the heads, bodies, legs, and tails of 140 vividly lifelike onscreen critters. Beyond its sidesplitting humor, this dazzling game of mix and match teaches children accurate info about animals and lets them make up names and bios for their surreal menagerie. Looking for a Grandparents Day gift? Print pictures of and stories about your kids' wildest creations."
Anne Reeks, Parenting magazine Contributing
Editor and Tech Columnist for The Houston Chronicle
|"Finally, a little bit of random fun where you get to
play creator, and design your own very weird
and wonderful creatures..."
- Kate Russell, Click Webscape-r, BBC
The BBC also features Switch Zoo on:
|Switch Zoo is one of 12 science sites selected
for the book,
101 Best Web Sites for Elementary Teachers
"The premise for Switch Zoo is very simple: let people play with animal parts to create new animals. Really! This turns out to be quite fun for students of all ages. The site is artfully done, the new animals really do look most unusual, and the lesson plans for elementary-level use in both science and language arts are great..."
- James Lerman, 101 Best Web Sites for Elementary Teachers, published by the
International Society for Technology in Education
Tech maven Kris Abel from CTV's Tech Life show includes Switch Zoo in his amazing collection of recommended sites.
"SwitchZoo gives users of all ages the fun of creating their own silly animal combinations while learning cool facts about the creatures they pick. Popular amongst teachers and animal lovers, the site's New York based creators have expanded with a number of fun games and activities that are just as much fun as the main concept..."
- Kris Abel, CTV.ca, Canadian Television network
with an animal theme... Families who visit this
website will be able to talk about animals and their habitats,
make up funny names for the combined fantasy animals,
and write captions for the pictures... At first you might
think this is a simple “head of a bear, legs of a giraffe, tail
of a crocodile” mix ‘n’ match game. It is,
but there is more depth to it than that, as you’ll see..."
"You can't have this kind of fun at a regular
zoo. (If you try this at your neighborhood zoo, we sincerely
hope you get kicked out. Or chewed up.) Save your head, tail
and torso-tossing exploits for switchzoo.com. Choose a base
beast of the cheetah, dog, elephant, monkey, pig, rhino, zebra,
bear or bison persuasion, and create the rest of the beast from
your own zany imagination. Print your favorite mammal for friends
to see — or laugh at — and get fun animal facts
along the way."