Magically place 3D animals onto our Classroom Alphabet Rugs with Rugs alive!

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12-word description of app/product:

Magically place 3D animals onto our Classroom Alphabet Rugs with Rugs aliveTM!



iOS, Android, Amazon




What does it help with?

A combination of early literacy and STEM-based skills including:

  • Learning animal habitats from around the world 

  • Predicting, checking, sorting, and comparing findings 

  • Exploring all 26 animals in 3D 

  • Collaborating with friends or working alone 

  • Introducing upper and lowercase letters 

  • Learning the alphabet through song 

  • Taking fun photos with animals


What grade and age range?

Pre-K and kindergarten (but fun for all elementary ages!) 


Is this core/supplemental/special needs/extracurricular/professional development or what?

Our Classroom Alphabet Rugs and Rugs alive are supplemental for early literacy and STEM- based skills. 


What subject, topic, what standards is it mapped to?



What lesson time does it use?



What is the pricing model?

The mobile app is FREE. Our Classroom Rugs come in four styles: 6' Small Circle $199.95; 9' x 6' Small Rectangle $299.95; 12' x 7'6” Large Rectangle $399.95; and 12' x 7'6” Large Oval $399.95.


What makes Rugs aliveTM unique?

It's the only app of its kind that uses manipulatives (animal habitat cards) in combination with a Classroom Rug to make animals appear in 3D augmented reality on mobile devices.


A description of the characteristics--how is it designed for user interface, user experience?

Each of our mobile apps is designed with kids in mind: Big buttons, audio instructions, and engaging colors create an awesome and meaningful experience for users.


What instructional design principles are at work here?

Interactive video, user collaboration, gamification, storytelling, immediate feedback, additional attempts, working with manipulatives


Teacher reviews:

“Not only are the Classroom Alphabet Rugs bright and beautiful, they allow us to bring our favorite zoo crew animals to life in my classroom with the Rugs alive app. My students get fully engaged and excited!”

—Greg Smedley-Warren, Kindergarten Teacher


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