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Did you know that January 20th is Penguin appreciation day ? It’s a day to celebrate these unique creatures, and what’s not to love about them ? They waddle about on land but are so graceful in the water. My five year old son is crazy about penguins and as a result we have amassed quite a large collection of penguin themed apps, so in celebration of Penguin awareness day I’m going to share some of our favorites here. I have included brief reviews of each app.

Tacky Goes to Camp by Oceanhouse Media.
Oceanhouse media has 5 Tacky stories available as apps: Tacky the Penguin, Tacky goes to Camp, Tacky’s Christmas, Tacky and the Emperor and Tacky and the Winter Games. They are all great apps and well worth downloading but our absolute favorite (and my favorite all-time penguin story) is Tacky goes to camp. In this incredibly funny story Tacky and his friends are going to camp (complete with old fashioned scout uniforms). At night they start making s’mores , singing songs and telling scary stories around the campfire, nothing seems to right right for Tacky but in the end he saves the day. This story has my kids in hysterics every time, highly recommended.
Read our full review here
If you would like to buy this app please use this link : Tacky Goes to Camp – Oceanhouse Media

Tacky Goes to Camp Tacky Goes to Camp by Oceanhouse Media
Category: Books, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus
Size: 25.26 MB

$3.99USD

Rounds Parker Penguin by Nosy Crow.
This is a new favorite app of my son’s, he will listen to it over and over. It is part of the Rounds series of apps from British developer Nosy Crow. It tells the story of Parker the Penguin as he grows up in Antarctica. It includes a lot of facts about Penguins and their lifecycle, but is done in the form of a fun interactive story with cartoon-like illustrations, so is suitable for children from approximately 3 years up. The child can help Parket hunt for food (and avoid getting eaten himself), look for a mate, hatch his egg, then help his chick Percy to loose his down. Then the lifecycle (and story ) start all over again with Percy, and so the story continues indefinitely following the circle of life as each new chick hatches and grows up. This is a really fun and innovative way to get young children learning about the lifecycle of Penguins and has been a big hit in our house.
If you would like to buy this app please use this link : Rounds: Parker Penguin – Nosy Crow

Rounds: Parker Penguin Rounds: Parker Penguin by Nosy Crow
Category: Education, Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus
Size: 173.55 MB

$4.99USD

Victor’s Cold by Slim Cricket.

This is the story of Victor the Penguin chick. Victor’s mummy has gone away and daddy is looking after him, and Victor is cold. Daddy gets him moving around to try to warm him up, then heads off to catch him some fish to see if eating will help. Lots of animal friends come to try to help Victor to get warm, but nothing works until his mummy comes home and gives him a big hug. The story has lots of fun interactive mini-games throughout, cute illustrations and nicely done narration with different voices for each animal. My children especially like the interactive elements in this book.

If you would like to buy this app please use this link : Victor’s cold! HD – SlimCricket

Victor's cold! HD Victor's cold! HD by SlimCricket
Category: Books, Games, Family, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus
Size: 220.16 MB

$2.99USD

 

Draw Along Pip by Skyreader Media.
This is a really different kind of storybook, and is based on the Pip the Penguin board books. On each page the scene gets party drawn then the child has to trace along the dotted lines to complete it. Once the drawing is complete it comes to life with animation and interactive elements. For younger readers you can switch off the Draw Along feature and the app will fill in the drawings as the child watches. It’s a relatively simple story about animals playing Hide and Seek, but the extra interactivity created by the Draw Along feature really engages children. Suitable for Toddler – Kindergarten aged children.

If you would like to buy this app please use this link : Draw Along Pip – Skyreader Media Inc.

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Nothing ever Happens at the South Pole by Oceanhouse Media.
This story was written by Stan and Jan Berenstain just before their Berenstain Bears books became famous, and was unpublished until recently. It tells the story of a young penguin who goes around the South Pole looking for excitement so that he can record it in his notebook. However, he is so engrossed in his notebook that he just doesn’t notice all the really exciting things going on around him, and concludes “Nothing ever Happens at the South Pole”. A very interesting look into the past and a chance to see where the Berenstains might have gone in their storytelling if the Berenstain Bears hadn’t been such a big hit.
If you would like to buy this app please use this link : Nothing Ever Happens at the South Pole – Oceanhouse Media

Nothing Ever Happens at the South Pole Nothing Ever Happens at the South Pole by Oceanhouse Media
Category: Books, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus
Size: 36.55 MB

$2.99USD

The Penguins of Madagascar Read and Play by iStorytime .
If your kids are fans of Skipper and his friends from Madagascar, this app is well worth checking out. It has a huge amount of content. There are 2 stories – Happy King Julien Day and Gone in a Flash, plus penguin jokes and a bunch of activities. The kaleidoscope is lots of fun as you put the penguins inside and see the pretty patterns you can make. There are also 3 different mazes, spot the difference, coloring pages and sticker scenes. My son has spent many hours listening to these stories and doing the activities. If you like this you may also wish to check out The Penguins of Madagascar The Lost Treasure of The Golden Squirrel.
If you would like to buy this app please use this link :The Penguins of Madagascar: Read & Play – zuuka incorporated

The Penguins of Madagascar: Read & Play The Penguins of Madagascar: Read & Play by iStoryTime, Inc.
Category: Books, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular
Size: 129.15 MB

$5.99USD

Happy Feet Two: Erik’s Adventure by Budge Studios.
If your children are fans of Happy Feet Two this is well worth downloading. It tells the story of the movie with animation and music from the movie. To progress through the story you have to complete a series of mini-games. This is a fun app for older elementary school students (I’d recommend 7 years +). The mini-games may be too hard for the under sevens and they may find the story scary (as the penguins are trapped and starving at one point). It has a lot of content for 99c.

If you would like to buy this app please use this link :Happy Feet™ Two: Erik’s Adventure – Warner Bros.

Happy Feet™ Two: Erik's Adventure Happy Feet™ Two: Erik's Adventure by Warner Bros.
Category: Games, Family, Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus
Size: 219.97 MB

$0.99USD

Happy Feet Two: The Penguin app by Warner Bros.
If you are looking for some FREE penguin fun this is the best free penguin app I have found. It is designed to be used with the Blu-ray of the Happy Feet Two movie, to add interactive elements to it, but it has a lot of free content that you can use without having the Blu-ray, and no adverts or in-app purchases. It has a cute talking penguin (Erik) who will repeat what you say, you can also tickle him, feed him fish and play a copycat game copying patterns he plays on the drums. There are also coloring pages, clips from the movie, behind the scenes interviews and mini games such as throwing snowballs at the Skua birds.

If you would like to buy this app please use this link :Happy Feet Two: The Penguin App – Warner Bros.

Happy Feet Two: The Penguin App Happy Feet Two: The Penguin App by Warner Bros.
Category: Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPodTouchSecondGen-iPod-touch-with-mic, iPhone3G-iPhone-3G, iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus
Size: 698.27 MB

$FREE

Positive Penguins by HR Inside.
This is a penguin app with a difference, it isn’t a book or a game but a tool designed to try to help boost positive thinking in children. It was designed by an 11 year old Australian schoolgirl. The basic premise is that it asks the child how they are feeling, and if they have negative emotions such as feeling angry, sad or frustrated it helps them work through these feelings using penguin avatars. It encourages children to look at why they are feeling that way, and to make them feel empowered to change how they feel. It also includes a mini-game where a penguin throws snowballs to some fish. You can read more about the story behind the app in our developer interview.

If you would like to buy this app please use this link :Positive Penguins

Positive Penguins Positive Penguins by HR INSIDE PTY LTD
Category: Education, Family, Games, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus
Size: 30.4 MB

$0.99USD

 

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