Win even more iPad Minis, play I spy, and learn about science. The 55th app report brings you the latest news and product announcements from our network of family-friendly app developers. Have a new app to include? Visit our information page to find out how to submit your app.
Since these are announcements, not reviews, please take a moment to read the full app descriptions in the store to understand the features of each app before downloading. If you find an app you like, be sure to write a review.
Smart Apps for Kids is now giving away TEN iPad minis! (just in time for Christmas!): Smart Apps for Kids has added two more iPad Mini giveaways in addition to the 8 announced last week. See their giveaway page for details.
Four iPad minis to be Given Away in Mom-Inspired Holiday Raffle: Four iPad minis will be given away in a holiday raffle organized by a California mom, children’s author and educational app developer. Melissa Northway, author of award-winning Penelope the Purple Pirate, has pulled together 32 children’s app developers from several countries to join in the giveaways, which kicked off Nov. 13 and will take place during the holiday season. Each prize package will include an iPad mini 16GB, a collection of educational and storybook apps and a case by domeo Products in the color of the winner’s choice. The raffle is open worldwide and can be entered at her author site www.melissanorthway.com or www.dandelionmons.com, a site Northway founded to give moms support, resources and fun.
Apps for Little Ones
Little Farm Preschool by Vicinno Soft LLC: Learn and have fun with animals on the farm! Little Farm Preschool is a collection of 7 exciting educational games to teach preschoolers (ages 2 to 6) about animals, colors, letters, counting, puzzle, matching, and sizes/differences. It features lovable animated farm animals to help kids along as they play the games, tons of real children voice recordings, no confusing menu or in-app purchase, unlimited and uninterrupted play, and each game flows right into the next. iPad: $0.99 (sale price)
Baby Plants Flowers-2 by chen yibin: Children plant with their own hands and experience plants growing process from seeding to harvest. It’s an opportunity to learn natural science. What’s more, the app is drawn in both Chinese and English versions. Children will learn not only English words but also plants encyclopedia and Chinese pronunciation and their writing. iPhone and iPad: Free + In-App Purchase
Talking Motors by Bongly: Easy to play: spin the wheel to see and listen to the rumble of the motors. Street, air and water themes. Over 24 vehicles. Designed for toddlers. iPhone and iPad: Free + In-App Purchases
UpdatedBo’s Dinnertime by Heppi: Bo’s Dinnertime offers kids the possibility to help Bo the Giraffe with buying groceries, cooking, eating and cleaning the dishes. Kids learn in a fun and educational way all the steps surrounding dinnertime. Now iPhone 5 compatible. iPhone and iPad: $1.99
If I Ran the Circus – Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media: What happens when young Morris McGurk imagines what could be in the old vacant lot behind Mr. Sneelock’s store? Why the Circus McGurkus of course! Embark on this “Astounding! Fantastic! Terrific! Tremendous!” guided tour through the great Circus McGurkus and the captivating daydreams of a young boy. iPhone and iPad: $3.99
House that Jack built – multilingual interactive book by 4KIDS multilingual learning: This new multilingual app based on a great story from your childhood, is very engaging, the rhyming text is delightful and the hand-drawn illustrations are beautiful! Children love many interactions throughout the story as well as the games, puzzles and drawings. Parents will appreciate the multiple languages that are written and spoken with a very child friendly navigation. This app is a great fun for kids and a precious educational addition to your digital library. (Watch Video) iPad: $1.99
UpdatedBo’s Bedtime Story by Heppi: Bo’s Bedtime Story (updated to an Universal App!), the wonderful story-game in which kids help Bo the Giraffe go to bed. Bedtime will become a fun routine for kids when they play this App. iPhone and iPad: $1.99
UpdatedLazy Larry Lizard by Wasabi Productions: Exciting app updates released to all Wasabi iPad apps including text highlighting to improve literacy, making the apps more educational and a new protected parents section, making them even more family-friendly! Lazy Larry Lizard is FREE for a limited time. Download or update today! iPad: Free
Costume Chest – Kids Dress-Up by Apps Kids Love – LLC: Halloween is every day with Costume Chest you get to mix and match crazy dress-up outfits and create a fun and silly Yoodle. What’s a Yoodle – a doodle of you! Start by building your Yoodle – create characters by picking features (hundreds of possibilities). Then the real fun starts when you Dress your Yoodle! iPad: $1.99
Re-released for 2012Advent calendar 2012 by JustKidsApps: Yes, there is a way you can teach your child that Christmas is about more than chocolate and gifts.
Our lovely nostalgic Advent calendar has just been re-released in the App Store! iPad: $3.99
I Spy With Lola HD: A Fun Clue Game for Kids! by BeiZ Ltd.: Join Lola Panda as she travels around the world in her first I Spy adventure app! Visit Lola’s friends in different countries to help her find hundreds of hidden objects along the way. (Watch Video) iPad: $1.99, iPhone: $0.99
What Doesn’t Belong – Free Educational Puzzle Game by Alexandr Stacanov: Simply beautiful and fun educational puzzle game for kids and adults, that helps develop sense of beauty and many problem solving skills, such as logic, pattern recognition, sequence solving etc. The object of “What Doesn’t Belong” is to guess which of the six images does not belong & explain why it doesn’t. iPhone and iPad: Free + In-App Purchases
My Geography Sorts for iPad by Royce Jacomen: My Geography Sorts is the perfect app for students looking to sharpen their skills with US and World Geography. My Geography Sorts is a great addition to any classroom, learning center, assessing students, or just for fun practice.
My Geography Sorts offers 10 unique maps with a sorting activity. Users receive a simple reinforcement identifying correct or incorrect answers. iPad: $1.99
UpdatedABC Phonics Word Family – preschool kindergarten reading skill by Abitalk Incorporated: The Phonics Word Family provides the word phonics spelling, beginning sound, word family phonics, short vowel sound, and images with a lot of animations and interactions for each word. Now supports a total of fifty-six word family groups which focus on the short vowel, long vowel, two vowel, and combination vowel word family phonics learning. iPhone and iPad: $2.99
UpdatedMontessori Letter Sounds by Les Trois Elles Interactive: Winner of a Parents’ Choice Awards Gold Medal, Montessori Letter Sounds works in 4 steps. From the age of 3: “I spy” to play sound games. Around 4 years old: “Letter sounds” to memorize the letter sounds and shape. Between 4 and 5: “Mix and match” to bring together the two first steps. Around 4 1/2 years old: “Sound it out” to write their first words using a moveable alphabet. All four steps are included but two games are locked and get unlocked as children play. Now optimized for the iPhone 5. (Watch Video) iPhone and iPad: $2.99
Lullaby Piano Book by BelugaBloo: Lullaby piano offers great entertainment for your children while learning to enjoy and explore music. Your children can sign along with the piano playing their favorite baby songs. Cute animated characters and high quality sounds stimulate children’s musical development and help them enjoy the songs and notes in a quick and easy fashion. iPhone and iPad: $0.99
MoGrow InstaBooth for Facebook by Mayuir Sidhpara: Is someone you know taking part in Movember? Send them a funny digital card of you with a Mo (Moustache) to make them laugh and to show your support. MoGrow InstaBooth allows you to pick a Moustache from a range of designs, take a photo of yourself and the result shows you what you would look like. It’s that simple! Proceeds go to Cancer Research. iPhone: $0.99
Water Cycle HD by Sprout Labs: Water Cycle HD is an audio-visual exploration of the water cycle. Ever wondered how clouds form? How are clouds involved in the water cycle? Why is the water cycle important? How does water move from the ocean to land and from land to the ocean? The Water Cycle HD app will be a treat for the curious learner. Photos and videos describe the various stages of the water cycle iPad: $1.99
5th Grade Science Reading Comprehension by Abitalk Incorporated: This reading comprehension app has twenty stories about fifth grade science. You can also create and add your own stories to the app. Each story has about 1000-2000 words. Each story introduces new vocabulary and concepts, and is followed by a set of exercises that measure the student’s comprehension. iPad: $2.99
UpdatedMeet the Insects: Forest Edition by NCSOFT: ‘Meet the Insects: Forest Edition’, a gorgeously-illustrated interactive encyclopedia, invites all users to explore the world of forest insects at their fingertips. Featuring visually captivating, high quality videos and photos, ‘Meet the Insects: Forest Edition’ presents 30 different insects illustrated with real photos, and makes each insect come to life by using tap or drag. (Watch Video) iPad: $0.99 (sale price)
Sequences by EdNinja by Club LIA: Featured on Apple’s Special Education Apps. Sequences is an educational game & tool designed to help children improve their communication and learning skills as well as their ability to relate with other children of their same age. Your child will improve: storytelling, ability to build and structure his/her language, spatial depth orientation, and communication and social skills. (Watch Video) iPhone and iPad: $3.99, iPhone: $1.99
Speech Cards Lite by RWH Technology: In this FREE download, you will get 1 deck, 10 cards, the ability to create 1 additional deck, and support for 1 student. An upgrade to the PROFESSIONAL version of Speech Cards is available for purchase within the app. Each card shows customizable text and a picture. Tap on the text or picture to hear an audio recording. Use the microphone to practice speaking and then listen to get immediate feedback. Create and share cards with your friends and colleagues. iPad: Free + In-App Purchase
Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and her newest device which is an iPad Mini!