Words highlighted in sync with the narration to encourage read along.
A 2-in-1 math and rhyming story book app, double the learning, double the fun!
In the story, the jungle animals are given various tasks to prepare a party to celebrate their elephant friend’s escape from the circus. These tasks are actually math activities involving logical sequence, shape/size/number sequence, visual and spatial perception, counting, comparison of quantities, puzzles, simple addition and subtraction.
There are altogether 9 chapters in the story, each with a different math activity. On the first reading, your child has to complete the math questions at the end of each chapter in order to unlock the next. However, upon unlocking all the chapters, it is difficult to know which is the next chapter as readers are automatically brought to the chapter menu. An option to advance to the next chapter or return to the chapter menu at the end of each chapter would be ideal here.
The math questions are different each time they are replayed. With sufficient practice, the learning goals that have been achieved will be highlighted in your child’s progress found in the protected Parent’s Area. Each learning goal is also explained here.
What appealed to me most in this app is how the math activities are made meaningful for the kids to do. For example, instead of completing a random logical sequence game, kids are actually trying to decorate the jungle with a festoon that follows a particular sequence. To position the elephant ballerinas for a performance, kids have to arrange them according to their size. I also like that the addition questions involved adding different types of objects together instead of the usual task of adding the same type of objects.
Math Tales – The Jungle could be your preschooler’s first experience with a chapter book and one that is told in rhymes. It would be a refreshing change for our young learners. Completing fun math activities in between chapters also breaks the monotony and keeps them engaged. My son loved the encouraging comments on how well he was doing and he enjoyed the story just as much as the math activities.
Even though the math games are the highlights here, the story itself offers great learning opportunities as well. I especially like the message for children to reflect and be good at the end of the story. Educational and meaningful, Math Tales – The Jungle: Nursery rhymes and math games for kids gives your child more learning while they are having fun.
Activities and teaching resources to extend the fun and learning beyond the app.
What we’d love to see…
More learning activities on the animals and instruments.
A wonderful story about the power and joy of making music.
I’m always amazed at how music can break down barriers and pull people of diverse backgrounds to work together towards a common goal, and I make sure to highlight this to my children whenever they take part in a musical collaboration. However, this idea is a little too difficult for my youngest to comprehend. Fortunately, I found just the perfect picture book that will help make it easier to explain.
Sam Plays Saxophone by Cathy Lane (who also wrote Butterfly Kisses), is about Sam the squirrel’s Trans-Pacific journey from the United States of America to New Zealand and Australia in search of the perfect sounds to complete his music. Along the way, he had to brave ocean storms, wild deserts, deadly snakes, etc. before finding his new jazz band members – Kiwi, Roo, Snake, Croc and Dingo.
The story is told in rhymes with light animations, interactive points and activities (mazes, puzzle, quiz and music player) added for extra fun. Readers can either have the app read to them or read it on their own.
This is a wonderful story that shows how music connects animals from different habitats to make music together. Readers get to learn about the names and sounds of the music instruments played by the animals – tenor saxophone, electronic keyboard, drums, trumpet, double bass and jazz guitar. You can also extend your children’s learning with the free teaching resources to learn more about the musical instruments. For those of you who are musically inclined, you can even download the full music score for Sam’s music (and score for the individual instruments) to surprise your kids.
This is not just a wonderful book about animals and musical instruments. It is also a great app for expanding your children’s general knowledge like where the USA, New Zealand, Australia are on a map and some interesting facts about Australia. With so much to do and learn (music, geography, animals and language) in this app, Sam Plays Saxophone is more than just your average story book app. Check it out!
With Halloween fast approaching, and pumpkins everywhere, there is nothing like a good book to get you in the right mood. Here are 10 of our favorite kids book apps to get children ready to celebrate Halloween.
It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown by Loud Crow. For Halloween nostalgia nothing beats the peanuts gang. Loud Crow have done a great job of bringing this Halloween Classic to life. It is presented as a pop-up book and you can read it yourself or have it narrated by Peter Robbins (the original Charlie Brown). It has animations, interactive elements and the original music and dialog. $5.99
Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.
Price: $4.99 USD
• #1 in Books & Entertainment • Featured in NY Times and TIME • Apple App of the Week and App of the Day
Oh, Great Pumpkin! Where are you? This Halloween, hang out with Charlie Brown.
Hotel Transylvania 2 Official Storybook App by Cupcake Digital
Hotel Transylvania 2 is the hot kids movie this Halloween and the official storybook app is a great way to prepare the kids before seeing the movie or relive it afterwards. the app features scenes and character voices from the movie and bonus coloring pages. iTunes link
Hotel Transylvania 2 Official Storybook App
by CUPCAKE DIGITAL INC.
Price: $2.99 USD
Winner of the Editor's Choice Award, Children's Technology Review (CTR).
CTR's Editor's Choice Awards are given to only the highest quality children’s products in the interactive media category.
The Witch With No Name by SlimCricket. A funny and very interactive tale about a witch who has lost her name, and is very grumpy as a result. Her Bat Battina decides to help her find her name, and together they go about collecting all the ingredients needed for a spell to find out her name. This app is very well done, fun, well narrated and the reader really gets to be part of the story with several interactive mini-games. $3.99
The Witch With No Name is an artful blend of story and games
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The Bedsby Tales: Spooky Short Stories with Monsters, Myths, Ghosts and More!By Jacob Duane Johnson. This short interactive tale does a great job of setting a spooky scene with fantastic narration, music, sound effects and black and white illustrations. The first tale is free, other installments are expected later. Free
Trick or Treat – Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media. A perfect introduction to Halloween for 2-5 year olds. Little Critter is preparing for Halloween, and taking part in traditional Halloween activities with his family. $1.99
Trick or Treat - Little Critter
by Oceanhouse Media
Price: $0.99 USD
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Join Little Critter in this interactive storybook app as he gets ready for Halloween! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with.
Haunted House ~ 3D Pop-Up Activity Book by StoryToys Entertainment Limited is not a story but rather a series of fun interactive activities presented as a 3-D pop-up book. It has eleven different 3-D scenes to explore with ghoulish games and creepy activities. The eerie background music and sound effects really set the scene. $1.99 (IAP for more stickers and jigsaws)
StoryToys Haunted House
by StoryToys Entertainment Limited
Price: $1.99 USD
As night falls in the spooky forest, monsters are stirring in the Haunted House. Do come in - if you DARE!
In this house, it's halloween all year round, so come meet the monsters, play games, .
Tilly Witch – by Auryn apps. This is a classic Halloween story based on the book published in 1969 by Don Freeman. Tilly is the Queen of Halloween, the meanest witch in all Witchdom. One day she is playing at being happy and it sticks – she can’t go back to being mean. But what does this mean for Halloween, who will scare the children?
What Was I Scared Of ? by Oceanhouse Media. In this classic Dr Seuss tale the hero meets “a pair of pale green pants with no-body inside them”, at first he convinces himself that he isn’t scared but the more often he seems them the more terrified he gets. A great story about overcoming your fears. $0.99
The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Oceanhouse Media. Spookley is ostracised by the other pumpkins because of his odd shape, but as a storm sets in and rolls the round pumpkins uncontrollably across the pumpkin patch towards a raging river, Spookley saves the day. A charming, wholesome story about social acceptance which includes a very important message that it’s OK to be different. $2.99
Join Spookley the Square Pumpkin in this special tale of tolerance and self-acceptance that's just right for Halloween… or any time of the year! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize.
Who is The Ugliest Of All? by Joshua and Donna Wilson. In this quirky, interactive Halloween -themed tale the reader is a fly on the wall as a girl gets ready to go a party. As she chooses her outfit, applies makeup and adds some rather unusual accessories it seems she has really poor taste. But is there another reason for her unusual style and conviction that she will be the ugliest of all ?/
the beautiful story, illustrations and animations.
What we’d love to see…
no changes .
We love everything about this beautiful, interactive, kids book app which brings the concept of shadows to life in a fun way.
My Naughty Shadow by GOOD KNIGHT STUDIOS PTY LTD is an interactive story book designed for children aged 2 to 5. You can read more about it in our Developer Interview with Xander Black of Good Knight Studios.
A shadow can either be a fun or scary concept for children to understand. This story book addresses the concept with a cute story filled with beautiful illustrations, animations, a spooky but yet fitting narration and soundtrack.
My daughter loves this story book and hasn’t stopped playing it and saying ‘naughty shadow’. Even though she somewhat understood the concept of shadows before, this app has definitely clarified things for her with the different pages of the book talking about the shadow during the day and night and in different settings.
She really enjoyed the cute story of the little girl and her shadow especially how she was able to move the little girl’s shadow up and down stairs and click on objects to change the direction of the shadow.
We liked everything about this cute story book which has been beautifully designed, illustrated and animated, that’s why we couldn’t find anything wrong with it.
This app is very easy for little ones to use, the short text makes it ideal and the straightforward hint icon of the hand and the back and forth page arrows make it easy for little ones to navigate.
There are no in-app purchases or adds, just a menu with the options to stop the narrator’s voice, the music or adjust the volume of both as well as restart the story from the beginning and hide/show hints of what objects to touch throughout the story to change things around.
Overall, we highly recommend this beautiful story book and cannot wait for the developer’s next story book.
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