Caption: Google Animal 3D pictures
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Google’s 3D animals feature has been something of a saviour for many parents who have been looking for ways to fill the day, after being thrust into homeschooling duties following the coronavirus lockdown and school closures.

While the feature boasts a massive range of animals, from tigers to pandas and lions, many people have been left wanting more.

Here are some other augmented reality (AR) apps you can try out at home, featuring dinosaurs, planets and interactive activities.

Best of all? They’re all completely free.

How to view objects in 3D using AR apps

If you want to check out animals in 3D, Google will be your first port of call.

Simply write into the Google search bar what animal you want to see, be it a lion, wolf or penguin, and Google will bring up a box that says ‘Meet a life-sized [animal name] up close.’

You can then simply click ‘view it in 3D’ and voila!

If you’re looking for dinosaurs in 3D, check out Monster Park AR, available on Google Play for Android devices, and on the Apple App Store for iPhones.

Once downloaded, the app will allow you to view a range of dinosaurs in your own environment, terrifyingly true to scale.

You can also direct and control their movements and even customise them by changing their skins.

For the app to work, you must give it camera access and ‘place’ the monster on a flat surface.

Covering the topic of space at home? Then try NASA’s Lunar and PlanetARy Augmented Reality App available on both iOS and Android.

The app allows anyone to journey into space, and pace across the planets, all from the comfort of your own living room.

Simply download their free interactive posters at the Lunar and PlanetARy website, download the app, and point your device at your chosen poster.

If you’re looking for something even more interactive, check out Quiver, an app which combines colouring in with augmented reality creatures.

To get started, you’ll need to download and print Quiver’s colouring in pages at quivervision.com.

Once children have coloured in the sheets, download the app to bring their creations to life, with interactive elements including volcanos, sharks and much more.

The AR elements will only kick in when the sheets are coloured in, so there is an incentive to complete the task.

Find it on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

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