The Jellybean Tunes App Report 56

iPad Mini madness continues! The 56th app report brings you the latest news and product announcements from our network of family-friendly app developers. If you have news to announce, visit the information page.

Please take a moment to read the full app descriptions, and to screen the apps you download, in order to fully understand the features and elements in the app. If you find an app you like, please write a review.

– Garry Froehlich | Jellybean Tunes


iPad Mini Giveaways!:

  • The iMums Give Away 12 iPad Minis in Mini Madness Campaign Open worldwide, the iPad mini giveaways kicked off in early November and will continue through Dec. 31, 2012. New giveaways will begin each Monday through Dec. 10 and will last three weeks, so some will overlap. Each giveaway is valued at over US$400 and contains an Apple iPad mini (16GB/WiFi), a ‘Workmate’ case from Cygnett and apps from the sponsoring developers.
  • Penelope’s Mini iPad Holiday Giveaway Simultaneous iPad Mini Giveaway’s along with a case donated by Domeo Products that will be filled with top apps. Both start November 13th and end December 11th at midnight. Winner will be announced at our December 12th Facebook Party.
Family Friendly (App) Pack: Time is running out to win a pack of 12 family-friendly apps valued at over $300. Enter to win!
Huge Cyber Monday Sale: Family-friendly app developers are putting together outstanding deals for Cyber Monday. Don’t miss it!
The Prisoner of Carrot Castle will be on sale for $0.99 on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. iPad

Apps for Little Ones

Even Monsters Get Sick Now for Android Even Monsters Get Sick by Busy Bee Studios: Kids read, listen, touch, play and interact with Harry as he struggles to find out what’s wrong with his new monster. Beautiful art, a custom soundtrack and full interactivity throughout keeps kids engaged and keeps parents raving about both the learning aspects and the endearing message built into “Even Monsters Get Sick.” Readers and non-readers of all skill levels will enjoy the wide range of features in this interactive storybook. (Watch Video) iPad: $1.99, Google Play: $1.99, Amazon: $1.99, Nook: $1.99.  Check out The iMums review!
Kodee's Canoe Nature Flashcards Kodee’s Canoe Nature Flashcards by Nitrogen Media: Brand new flashcard app from Kodee’s Canoe! With 60+ interactive animations, Kodee’s Flashcards is a fun and engaging introduction to animals and other objects that can be found in a forest environment. They are also a great tool for introducing a second language! All flashcards have optional translations for French and Spanish. (Watch Video) iPad: $1.99
Beck and Bo On Sale Beck and Bo by react-IN: Beck and Bo is a fun educational app for little kids, available for iOS and Android. Kids are invited to build beautiful, animated scenes by identifying characters, objects and animals and matching them to the environment. Piece by piece they bring to life colorful, fascinating scenes, full of sounds, animations and fun interactive activities. Beck and Bo helps kids develop early vocabulary, practice reasoning and cause/effect, enhance their spatial recognition, and develop fine motor skills. (Watch Video) iPhone and iPad: $0.99 (sale price), Amazon: $1.99
Playground HD3 - ABC Edition. The kids app to learn how to write letters. Playground HD3 – ABC Edition. The kids app to learn how to write letters. by Jan Essig: Recently my little daughter (4 years) was interested in the ABC. So I considered how to teach her the alphabet best. The result is this collection of 6 exercises: flashcards, practice, write, words, assign and pairs. iPhone and iPad: $3.99, Lite Version: Free
Playground HD1 – 12 games for kids aged 2-6 in 1 App Updated Playground HD1 – 12 games for kids aged 2-6 in 1 App by Jan Essig: This games collection contains 12 different games for kids. Updated with new puzzles, memory games, find-it images, sliding puzzles and more. (Watch Video) iPhone and iPad: $4.99


Hansel and Gretel: Lost Hansel & Gretel: Lost by PB&J Publishing: Experience Hansel & Gretel in a new interactive app for the iPad. Your touch brings the classic Grimm’s fairy tale to life. It’s more fun and more functionality than ever before. Download today! (Watch Video) iPad: $3.99
The Caterpillar and the Ladybug - an interactive children's story book HD On Sale The Caterpillar and the Ladybug by Artistic Playtime: Do caterpillars dream as they sleep nestled in their chrysalis? And, if they do, what do they dream about? Peer into the thoughts of a curious ladybug in an animated and interactive children’s eBook app available through iTunes. The story is told through the eyes of a curious ladybug. The original illustrations were done in watercolor pencil then scanned in a digital format for animation, including hidden touch animations for interactive fun and discovery. iPhone and iPad: $2.99 (sale price)
Heidi story collection - lite version Heidi story collection – lite version by JustKidsApps: This app contains the first 4 pages of all 3 Heidi stories as well as 2 out of 6 activities from the Bits and Bobs section. If you like what you see, upgrade to the full version can be obtained with In-App-Purchase in the ‘for parents’ section. iPad: Free + In-App Purchase
Trains - Byron Barton On Sale Trains – Byron Barton by Oceanhouse Media: Play with freight trains, electric trains and many other types of trains in this animated picture book about transportation. Move trucks, workers, tools, and other objects around the page and tap pictures to learn their names. Realistic sound effects and brightly colored illustrations will delight young readers and keep them coming back for more! iPhone and iPad: $0.99 (sale price)
Red Fox at Hickory Lane - Smithsonian's Backyard On Sale Red Fox at Hickory Lane – Smithsonian’s Backyard by Oceanhouse Media: Mother and Father Fox teach their four cubs to hunt, escape danger, and survive on their own. Their skills are tested when a coyote appears in the distance. How will the baby cubs react? iPhone and iPad: $1.99 (sale price)

Creative Play

Press & Dress Priscilla Play Press & Dress Priscilla Play by Stories to Learn by: Press & Dress Priscilla Play is an interactive book that takes your child through a day with Priscilla. As Priscilla changes activities, she needs to change her outfits. Simply touch the right piece of clothing and Priscilla is ready for her next activity. There are also hidden surprises for your child to discover along the way, by touching objects in the picture the story comes to life. iPad: $1.99
Bounce 2: Notes Bounce 2: Notes by John Allwine: Bounce 2: Notes is an app which captivates children of all ages, full of colorful shapes, music and fun multitouch gestures. Bounce features different shapes of various colors which bounce around the screen making musical notes as they collide. Learn about musical scales, while being mesmerized by the glowing shapes. iPhone and iPad: $1.99

Family Entertainment

Advent calendar 2012 LITE - get in the mood for Advent time Advent calendar 2012 LITE – get in the mood for Advent time by JustKidsApps: The Advent calendar LITE contains 4 windows with two classical Christmas short stories, one recipe and one little game. If you like what you see, you can upgrade to the 24-window full version with In-App-Purchase or get the full version as a separate app in the app store. iPad: Free + In-App Purchase
Jolly Jingle Jolly Jingle by Hompimplay: The whole family will delight in the merriment of Jolly Jingle, a fun and innovated app that teaches kids Christmas carols. Vibrant illustrations and effortless navigation guarantee hours of gleeful entertainment. Step into a sparkling Christmas wonderland by clicking on magical objects that guide youngsters through a soundtrack of uplifting holiday music. (Watch Video) iPhone and iPad: Free + In-App Purchases


Word Scout Sight Word Finder Word Scout Sight Word Finder by Sabi: As early readers explore their surroundings, words magically appear on the display. Embark on a word search wherever you might be! The more words they find, the more badges they win. iPhone: Free


5 Dice: Order of Operations Game 5 Dice: Order of Operations Game by Math File Folder Games: 5 Dice: Order of Operations Game, is a math app for middle school kids that helps them really like practicing their order of operations skills. The math game requires students to use higher order thinking to solve the target number by working backwards provided the answer but not the equation. The best feature about this simple math game is that teachers or parents are able to receive immediate feedback of their students’ progress through email. (Watch Video) iPhone and iPad: Free
Kids Sequences, Counting and Patterns - Intermediate (Kindergarten and First Grade) Kids Sequences, Counting and Patterns – Intermediate (Kindergarten and First Grade) by Corvid Apps: Help the hero complete the sequences or patterns to save the monsters that were kidnapped. This game has 126 puzzles. The game includes ACABC patterns, patterns for counting by 1’s 2’s, 3’s, 5’s, and 10’s and puzzles puzzles to figure out which one is missing in a range of pictures that increase or decrease in size. iPhone and iPad: $1.99, Google Play: $1.79, Nook: $1.79, Amazon: $1.79


Dragon Power Dragon Power by WWIFL Inc.: Uplifting and fun 3d game where you run/fly your dragon throughout villages. You fly through rings to collect positive messages from selected topics of love, health, abundance or enter your own messages. Destroy/fire road blocks or negative messages that maybe holding you back in life. You can also turn off the negative messages and just destroy roadblocks. Extremely motivational, uplifting and a feel-good game! iPhone and iPad: $0.99


Jellybean Tunes - Kids Can Learn to Read and Compose Music Updated Jellybean Tunes: Kids Can Learn to Read and Compose Music by Garry Froehlich: Enjoy a fun, creative, and colourful introduction to music. By interacting directly with notes on the musical staff, kids can unlock their inner Mozart and unleash their creativity through play, animated lessons, and composing their own songs. Huge graphics update with retina support and new images throughout that will make your songs look as good as they sound. iPad: $2.99

Special Needs

Tap Me Happy On Sale Tap Me Happy by Interactive Feelings: Tap Me Happy is a virtual happy place for kids. Put what makes your child happy in their ‘Tap me Happy’ app!
Developed by an Australian Clinical Psychologist! Great for Kids with: Autism, Intellectual Disability & Learning Difficulties, or kids who are going through a difficult time because of: Grief, Illness, Being bullied, a parent being away for work. Lots of applications! Simply add photos, videos, audios or text – of loved ones, favourite pets, toys, special messages from family. iPhone and iPad: $0.99 (sale price)