Piiig Forest Explorer: Natural Science for Kids by Piiig Inc. – Review



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What we love…

Beautiful graphics, fun and simple with easily digestible trivia for the very young

What we’d love to see…

audio replay button, completed puzzle interactivity, home button, volume settings

Summary

A excellent primary science app introducing children to  forest animals and their habitats

Our Rating

 

Piiig Forest Explorer:... iconForest Explorer by Piiig Inc., developers of award winning Piiig Labs, is an app designed to introduce little ones to the few forest animals. It is an early science app, best suited for children up to first grade, and can be played in 8 different languages: English, French, Japanese, German, Swedish, Russian, and Chinese.  Read our review of one of the other apps in the story, Piiig Labs.

The game begins with a chipmunk peacefully sleeping inside its burrow. When you tap on the chipmunk it awakens and scampers up, revealing that the opening to its burrow is a hole in a tree stump. Now it’s time to explore the forest to search for food and meet some new friends. Guide the chipmunk by tapping the area on the screen you want it to go to.

On the top left of the screen, you will see a grayed-out puzzle of a chipmunk. Clicking on it will reveal 12 animal silhouettes. They are of a chipmunk, a beaver, a deer, a frog, a rabbit, a turtle, a woodpecker, two bees, a blue bird, a mole, a skunk, and a spider. All these animals, except the chipmunk, are hidden in the forest. When you find an animal, its silhouette is replaced by a full color icon of the animal, and a puzzle featuring it is unlocked. As for the chipmunk, you have to figure out what special action it needs to perform to unlock its icon and puzzle.

The puzzle consists of 16 large pieces. The pieces are revealed one at a time, and the game will guide you where to put the very first piece. Subsequent pieces revealed will always connect with one that is already placed on the puzzle board. You have 6 seconds to figure out where to place the new piece before the app tells you exactly where to put it. After all the pieces have been placed, the puzzle comes to life with a cute little animation. The animal’s name is shown in colorful letters, and an audio plays that tells you something interesting about that animal. For example, you will learn that frogs drink water through their skin and lay eggs that hatch into tadpoles underwater.

Guiding the chipmunk around is simple and a lot of fun. You can direct it to different objects to see if it will interact with it. It will climb trees, hop on rocks, run inside hollow tree trunks, eat berries, and more. You may also find something different happening in a scene that you have visited before. For example, the deer family can either be sleeping or grazing when you come upon them.

Would I recommend this app?  Absolutely!  It does a fantastic job of introducing children to forest animals and their habitats.  If you have young children, this is definitely worth checking out.

Forest Explorer is excellent for little ones. They are a few thing that I feel would make it even better. First, I think that there should be a replay button so that children can hear the animal trivia again if they want to without having to exit the puzzle and solve it all over again. Second, I think it would be great if the completed puzzle would include some interactivity to enhance learning. Children would benefit from hearing and seeing the name of the objects they tap on. On the frog puzzle, for example, children should be able to tap on the frogs, tadpoles, water/pond, and lily pads. Third, I would like a home button to return to the home screen, so that parents can access the settings without having to exit or close the game completely. Finally, the settings should also include a volume control or toggle switch for the background music and audio. I found that the background music was sometimes too loud, overpowering or competing with the animal trivia audio, which is more important for children to hear and listen to.

A excellent primary science app introducing children to  forest animals and their habitats.



Piiig Forest Explorer: Natural Science for Kids Piiig Forest Explorer: Natural Science for Kids by Piiig Inc.

Price: $2.99 USD

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My Cat at Home in the Wild by Jennifer Rogala- Review and Giveaway



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What we love…

Hand painted illustrations, how the book shows the parallels between domestic and wild cat behavior.

What we’d love to see…

Word highlighting as it is read, options to turn off narration and background music

Summary

This book app featuring a house cat called Kingsley and a variety of wild felines will be a hit with young animal lovers. The story does not have any interactivity but does feature an interactive game, puzzles and an opportunity to learn more about wild cats.

Our Rating

My Cat At Home In The Wild My Cat at Home in the Wild is the first book app from children’s author Jennifer Rogala and is based on her print book of the same name. It is accompanied by hand painted illustrations from artist Dwight Kirkland. As well as the story the book also includes some extras-  a game, jigsaw puzzles, and information about big cats. The story does not contain any interactive elements- it is more like an eBook, all the interactive elements are in the extras. The story is narrated, there is no “read by myself” option. I really like the background music – it has a slow drumbeat and haunting feel, that reminds me of Native American music. The narration and music can not be switched off without muting the iPad.

The story introduces the reader to a grey tabby named Kingsley. Kingsley is an indoor city cat, but her owner imagines that she dreams of being in the forest, jungle or savannah like her wild cousins. The story tells us not only about Kingsley’s daily life, activities and quirks but also about wild cats who do similar things. e.g. “She climbs the curtains, like a snow leopard climbing the icy mountains of Asia.” At the start of the book each page is accompanied by a painting of Kingsley, as the story progresses many of the illustrations are split screen showing both Kingsley and one of her wild cousins behaving similarly.

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I liked the parallels the book draws between wild and domestic cats, the peaceful background music and the hand painted illustrations. I would like to see some options added to support emerging readers- word highlighting as it is read and ability to switch off the narration. I also felt that the narration seemed rushed at times, so I’d like it read at a sightly more relaxed pace. Much as I like the background music it would be good to be able to lower it or switch it off for children who find background music distracting.

Extras

In the story children are introduced to a whole range of wild felines including familiar ones and others that may be new to them. If their interest is piqued they can learn more in the “Big Cats” section. This has a picture, information and sound recording for eight types of wild cats featured in the book: lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, pumas, servals and caracals.

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Game

The reader is shown a picture of Kingsley from the book and challenged to find the matching picture of a wild cat doing a similar action. This is a fun activity and also acts to reinforce what the reader has learned in the story –  the names of the wild cats and their behavior. There are 15 pictures to match.

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Puzzles

Each of the 15 pictures can also be enjoyed as a 32 piece puzzle. The pieces automatically are in the correct orientation and click into place when put in the right spot. This is a fun extra but it would be nice to see an option to vary the number of pieces so that it can be enjoyed by a wider age range, as it may be hard for some of the youngest readers.

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Summary

My Cat at Home in the Wild is designed for children from 4-8 years old. I think it will appeal most to 3-6 year olds, but slightly older animal lovers will also enjoy it. It features Kingsley, a house cat, and a variety of wild felines, and will be a hit with young animal lovers. It features beautiful hand painted illustrations and a haunting background music track. I like how the book shows the parallels between domestic and wild cat behavior. The story does not have any interactivity but does feature an interactive game, puzzles and an opportunity to learn more about wild cats. It would be nice to see some features added to support emerging readers.

 

iTunes Link: My Cat At Home In The Wild – Jennifer Rogala

My Cat At Home In The Wild My Cat At Home In The Wild by Jennifer Rogala

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Four Stars from TheiMum.com and Digital-Storytime.com. “Will be a hit with young readers... the book shows the parallels between domestic and wild cat behavior.”

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Math Tales – The Jungle: Nursery rhymes and math games for kids by Marshmallow Games – Review



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Math Tales – The Jungle: Nursery rhymes and math games for kids by Marshmallow Games is a delightful animal story book which cleverly incorporates different types of math exercises to show how math can be found everywhere, even in the jungle.

What we love…

Age-appropriate math activities within a story.

What we’d love to see…

Words highlighted in sync with the narration to encourage read along.

Summary

A 2-in-1 math and rhyming story book app, double the learning, double the fun!

Our Rating

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.

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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.

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Math Tales - The Jungle: Rhymes and maths for kids Math Tales - The Jungle: Rhymes and maths for kids by Marshmallow Games
Category: Education, Educational, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with 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, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 170.39 MB

$2.99USD

 

 

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Kekotukos Origins – Review



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What we love…

Colorful engaging characters, videos tying games together, good selection of mini- games

What we’d love to see…

Written parents section talking about the characters, explaining games and scoring; multiple player profiles

Summary

Kekotukos Origins is a promising start to a new series for toddlers, preschoolers and Kindergarten kids. I will be interested to see more in the series. It works on valuable skills such as visual perception, memory, fine motor and problem solving in a fun, playful way with cute colorful characters

Our Rating

Kekotukos: OriginsKekotukos Origins is the first of a new series of children’s apps starring a little boy named Keko and the Tukos who are friendly aliens from another planet. The app is designed for children 2-6 years old and contains 12 mini games. It is totally kid friendly with no adverts, in app purchases or external links. The app contains no spoken or written language so can be enjoyed by kids of any nationality. The app contains a lively “alien” themed background music and the volume of the music and sound effects can be adjusted or turned off in settings.

Each of the mini games is accompanied by a short animated video which together tell a story about the Tukos visiting Earth and being shown around and introduced to our customs by Keko.The Tukos are cute colorful creatures, each one its own unique shape and color. In the first video the Tukos are on their home planet doing every day activities such as, eating, sleeping and playing.

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The child can play the games in order or pick and choose the games they want to play. The videos play every time they play a game but they can press a skip button if they don’t want to watch. The mini-games work on skills such as memory, shape matching, hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills. The games adapt their difficulty level depending on how the child is doing and parents can view their progress in the reports section.

The Games

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There are 4 mini games that work on fine motor skills. In a dot-to-dot style game they fly the Tukon spaceship from star to star to map out constellations.The 2nd game of this group has Keko playing his electric guitar and the player needs to play along on the piano by tapping the marked keys. I found this game a little disappointing as tapping the correct key makes no sound, it would be nice for the player to hear themselves playing along.  A fun endless runner style game (that does end!) has Keko out for a run with the Tukos, there are lots of obstacles in his path and the player has to help him avoid them by jumping. In the final mini- game players have to fly the Tukon spaceship through space collecting colored sparkles to fill their tank before they run out of time but they must watch out for the meteors- if they get hit the spacecraft is temporarily disabled and unable to collect sparkles.

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4 mini-games work on visual perception skills. In a shape matching game players help Keko dress the Tukos up by matching the outline of an item of clothing or accessory to the real object. In another game the Tukons are playing hide and seek with Keko and the player must find where each one is hiding, their hiding place will wiggle to give a clue.  Players must think ahead when Keko is out for a walk by choosing the right direction at a series of intersections so he can reach his destination. My favorite game is a spot the difference style game with blueprints. Keko has 2 blueprints which each show a circuit diagram, the player has to tap each spot on the diagram that is different until the 2 match.

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In the first of the games to work on memory and problem solving a Tukos hides in a box which is shuffled with 2 other boxes in the style of the classic 3 cups game, the player has to help Keko find the right box and uncover his Tukon friend. In another game the Tukos are hiding behind trees in a forest and the player must remember which tree hides a particular Tukos. Keko is making lunch for the Tukos in another game and the player must remember increasingly complex food orders. In a memory match game, cards with matching symbols appear on the spaceship dashboard, and the player must find the match. This starts with only 4 cards but the number increases over time.

Overall Impressions

Kekotukos Origins is a promising start to a new series for toddlers, preschoolers and Kindergarten kids and I will be interested to see more in the series. It works on valuable skills such as visual perception, memory, fine motor and problem solving in a fun, playful way.  It has a nice variety of mini- games that have replay value and adjust to the child’s level. The videos link the games into a story and the children can enjoy playing them as a story, or play them sandbox style in any order they wish. The characters are cute colorful and engaging. I think the app for the children works well without any language but I would like to see some written information in the parents section explaining more about the games, skills worked on and explaining how progress is measured. As the games do measure progress and adapt to the individual I would like to see multiple player profiles so that it would work well for families with more than one child using it.

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Kekotukos: Origins Kekotukos: Origins by Kekotukos

Price: $2.99 USD

Leave planet Tukon with the Tukos, travel to Earth, and meet Keko! Go on a fun adventure with these charming aliens during their first visit. Help Keko teach them how to live here and go with them on .

 

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Talking ABC by HEY CLAY – Review



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What we love…

Creative, fun, engaging  claymation animals, lots of learning games, works on both letter names and sounds,

What we’d love to see…

A way to manually trigger the Talking feature

Summary

Talking ABC is fun creative app which works on letter names & sounds, memory, animal names, and word- letter association. The Talking feature  can be used to encourage toddlers to talk and for speech therapy practice for older kids. I love all the different claymation animals, they are bright, colorful and engaging, each has its own voice and personality.

Our Rating

Talking ABC...

Talking ABC  from HEY CLAY is a universal app for iOS and Android, designed for children aged 2-7 years.  It not only teaches letter names, sounds, and animals beginning with each letter, but also includes  six mini-games. The app is child-safe with no adverts, in-app purchases or external links.

The app has 3 parts – Alphabet, Song and Games. After a recent update there are now 6 different learning games in the game section. In the app settings you can choose to work on letter names or sounds, you can also adjust the difficulty of the games and switch the “Talking” feature on or off.

Alphabet

This is the main section of the app and the child can go through the alphabet in order or pick individual letters to work on. Each letter is crafted from brightly colored clay. Touching the letter makes it turn into an animated clay animal whose name begins with that letter. The animals include some common ones such as a Bear and Lion but also some unusual ones including Vicuna and Xiphias (a swordfish.) If the iPad is in landscape mode the letter (or animal) is on the left, and the right shows the full alphabet. In portrait mode the letter or animal fills the screen.

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The name (or sound) of the letter is spoken when the letter appears and the name of the animal is written and spoken when the animal appears.  The claymation critters are animated and will make sounds, some also play with accessories such as throwing a ball or blowing a pinwheel. If “Talking” is on, the animal will repeat back what the child says to it, and each animal has it’s own unique voice. I love the talking feature, it can be a fun way to encourage a toddler to talk, or an older child to practice words or letter sounds for speech therapy. I did occasionally have problems with the animals not picking up that I was speaking, or missing the beginning of words. It would be nice to have a option for a manual way, such as pressing a button, to trigger the voice function instead of relying on it happening automatically.

Alphabet Song

In the song section a female singer goes through the alphabet singing the letter and animal names. This is accompanied by an animation showing each of the claymation letters turning into their animals as they are being sung about.

Games

All the games feature the claymation animals and/ or letters from the main part of the app, and work on skills such as letter recognition, sound recognition, animal names, spatial recognition and memory.

Letter Game

This game works on letter, or letter sound, recognition. The child is presented with six clay letters and asked to pick the correct letter to match the letter name (or letter sound) that is spoken. If they get it right the letter turns into its animal, who praises the child. If they get it wrong the letter turns into a ball of clay and they are encouraged to keep trying.

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Animal Game

This is very similar to the letter game but this time they need to pick the right animal out of 6 choices. It is a fun way to learn different animal names but is best played after they are familiar with the app as it does include some unusual animals they may not have previously come across.

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Funny Words

This section is good for kids of all ages to practice typing their name or any word. They type it on a QWERTY keyboard and it appears as clay letters. Touching the clay letters turns them into animals. It is a fun way to get children working on learning to spell their name and other familiar words.

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Puzzles

This consists of 25 puzzles, the first is unlocked and the child has to solve them in order to unlock the next puzzle. Each puzzle has a picture of one of the claymation animals divided into 6 or 12 squares, depending on the difficulty level chosen. Tapping on a square rotates it, the child rotates each puzzle piece until the animal is complete. Once they solve the puzzle there is cheering and the animal talks to them.

Memo

This is a classic memory match game – the child first gets to briefly see where the animals are before the cards are flipped over. They then need to correctly find pairs of animals. It has 3 difficulty settings with from 12- 30 cards.

Who Is It ?

In this game the child has to work out the name of an animal using the animals as a clue. At the top of the screen are a row of animals and a row of jumbled letters is at the bottom. There are boxes in between to put the letters in. If the child matches each letter to the correct animal they will spell out the name of one of the animals from the app.

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I must admit I have a soft spot for claymation, I’m a long time fan of Aardman studios- I grew up with Morph and loved the Wallace and Gromit movies. I think claymation is a great medium for inspiring children’s imagination and I love it’s bright vivid colors. Talking ABC is a great use of claymation to inspire kids to learn whilst having fun and features a cast of 26 brightly colored, cute, engaging interactive animals.

There are many, many alphabet apps on the market today and developers need to do something different to stand out from the crowd, and Talking Alphabet achieves that. It is a fun creative way to have children work on their alphabet, letter sounds, memory, animal names, and word- letter association. I love all the different claymation animals, they are bright, colorful and engaging, each has its own voice and personality.  When this app first came out in 2013 I described it as “One of the most engaging and innovative ABC apps on the market”, with the new games and updates they have made to the app since that time it still deserves that description today.

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Talking ABC... Talking ABC... by HEY CLAY

Price: $2.99 USD

*** App Store Best Kids App 2013 ***

Talking ABC is an interactive alphabet created with love and care.

The process of learning the letters is exciting and fun while amusing animal characters.

Talking ABC is also available in a variety of other languages and for a limited time the French version is FREE ! (Please check price before downloading)

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ALPHABET PARLANT ALPHABET PARLANT by HEY CLAY

Price: $2.99 USD

*** Meilleure application pour enfants de l’App Store 2013 ***

ALPHABET PARLANT est un alphabet interactif développé avec amour et un très grand soin.

L'apprentissage des lettres est.

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Zoo Train by Busy Bee Studios – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

music, word builder, train builder which can be themed

What we’d love to see…

shapes, train related music, simpler words for the word builder

Summary

Fun train themed app perfect for a toddler or preschooler. Practices fine motor, early literacy and critical thinking skills.

Our Rating

Note: This review was originally published in 2011. I’ve updated it slightly, but it is not a new review
Zoo Train by Busy Bee Studios features five train-themed games for young children aged 2 and up.It has five different activities for children- puzzles, music, train builder, word builder and track builder. The puzzle portion allows children to complete simple puzzles and move the train along the track. The music mode allows children to select song to be played such as twinkle, twinkle little star. via a variety of colorful train whistles. The train builder allows children to choose their engine, cargo and caboose along with a background of where the train should drive such as the beach or countryside. The word builder allows children to practice simple spelling by matching letters to create a word and provides a visual reward of the item after the word is completed. The final mode, allows children to drag missing track pieces to finish the track. In addition, children are awarded stickers for rewards for finishing various activities. Children learn fine motor, early literacy and critical thinking skills.

This is one of the top five apps in our house. I really appreciate the fact that it does not include in-app purchases, is educational for children, and features so many different choices for children to interact with. I also like how the various elements are tied together, for example there is a star puzzle and in the music section you can play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” I often challenge my son in the train builder function to build a train focused around a specific theme such as aquatic animals.

Shapes would be a great addition to the app, perhaps as part of the train builder section. I would also like to see more train related music in the music section such as “I’ve been working on the railroad” or the like. In the word builder section, since the app is aimed at young children, it might be helpful to have words that children can sound out such as cat, dog, sun versus ones like couch which are more difficult to pronounce.

If you are looking for an engaging app for a toddler or preschooler in your family who loves trains, this is a good fit. Other apps from this developer include Giggle Ghosts and Bug Games. Printable pages to allow for interaction outside the app are also available.

Zoo Trains

Zoo Train
Zoo Train
by Busy Bee Studios

Category: Education, Educational, Games, Family
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, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
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Pigsty – Animals on the loose by Ravensburger Digital – Review



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What we love…

Interesting puzzles that help develop problem-solving skills.

What we’d love to see…

Leaderboard.

Summary

An original thinking game that is fun for both children and adults.

Our Rating

Need a thinking game that the whole family can enjoy playing during this holiday break from school? Then you have to download Pigsty by Ravensberg onto your device and start giving your brain a great workout!

Pigsty is free to download with 20 levels of unique physics-based farm animal-theme puzzles that are perfect for your children and fun for adults. These puzzles are so fun and addictive that by the end of the 20 puzzles, you will want to unlock the rest of the 50 puzzles as well (via an in-app purchase of $1.99). So be warned!

The objective of the game is to fence in the different animals inside their respective fenced areas. Each puzzle starts with a goal that shows where the fences should be and what (and how many as well) animals should be in each of the goal areas. Players shrink the original fence area by cutting away unwanted fences and must avoid touching the constantly-moving animals when doing so. The game is easy for children as there are no complicated rules to remember and no penalty to frustrate players but it’s a race against time to get the best score!

My youngest had fun playing the easier levels. He found the animals cute and their reactions when they collided with each other, flipped in the air by the springboards, bounced off tires or being touched, very funny. He was tickled by the silly sound effects as well. The music and sound effects can be separately turned off if they are too exciting for your child.

As an adult, I enjoyed solving each of the puzzles and felt a sense of achievement when I finally completed all the 70 game levels. It took me hours as the puzzles got more and more challenging. What is left now for me is to achieve my personal goal of perfect 3-star ratings for all the 70 levels. Out of the 50 advanced game levels, I only managed to get two 3-star ratings! 🙁

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Each game level presents a different challenge and it’s given a name that hints at what the challenge is. Fencing in the animals got harder and harder as more and more animals are added, the different animals move at different speed and the original fenced areas change every time.

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I felt very excited when I was playing the Pigsty puzzles. I had to think of the most effective ways to make the best use of the bouncing tires, jumping springboards and homing big red barns. Through trial and error, I learnt how to modify the fences to get the animals to move in the directions that I wanted. I strategized the order of my fencing moves in order to separate and fence in the animals step-by-step. I found myself always multi-tasking as I kept an overview of all the animals’ movements and grab the opportune moments when the animals were in the right places for my next move.

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I simply love games that challenge my concentration, reaction time and ability to multi-task. For the children, these games are great for developing their analytical and problem solving skills as well as their fine motor skills as they have to be accurate and fast when drawing their new fences. It’s a fun thinking game that I highly recommend to all families. So wait no more, go download this free app and start playing right away!

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Pigsty – Animals on the loose

Pigsty - Animals on the loose Pigsty - Animals on the loose by Ravensburger Digital GmbH
Category: Games, Entertainment, Action, Puzzle
Requirements: Compatible with 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, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 459.47 MB

$FREE

 

 

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Pacca Alpaca – Travel Playtime: fun activities for kids by Anamil Tech Limited – Review and Giveaway



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Pacca Alpaca – Travel Playtime: fun activities for kids is the second in a series of apps following Pacca Alpaca on his travels around the globe. While the first app explored Australia, this new app takes your preschooler to 23 different countries and learn about the iconic symbols associated with these countries.

What we love…

Exposure to the cultures and important features of various countries.

What we’d love to see…

More information about the national treasures and ability to save creative works.

Summary

A cute and oolorful app that brings your child around the world learning about the famous icons and flags of different countries through 50 early learning activities.

Our Rating

The app opens with a cute animation of Pacca Alpaca traveling across continents on his magical carousel and when it lands, your child is invited to choose an early learning activity from 50 available on the spinning carousel. Each activity takes your child to a new place and highlights an interesting feature of that country.

For each of the 23 countries that your child will travel to, he/she could be searching for the national animal, piecing together one of the wonders of the world, building a national monument, connecting the dots to draw a historic landmark, making the national food with stickers, spotting the odd national flower, drawing a cultural landscape or playing hide and seek with fun iconic symbols. While there are lots (50 early learning activities) to do, each activity is short and complete on its own, which is perfect for the preschoolers’ short attention span. Even though there is no in-app saving function of the children’s creative works, you can always get round it by doing screenshots.

After completing an activity, your child will be shown the flag of the country and the country name will be announced at the same time. However, I feel that the flag appears too soon and wish that there is a little more time for the children to appreciate their completed work before the flag is shown.

I like the variety of country highlights included in this app. They are all very interesting, I just wish that the app would give the name of these features as well. My favorite country highlight has to be the music that is unique to each country and I hope to see more cultural characteristics like the costumes and festivals being included in future updates.

I love the multi-national and multi-cultural exposure that this app offers. The early learning activities are age-appropirate and the visuals are captivating. It is the perfect app for preschoolers to travel round the world discovering different countries and their cultures in a fun way!

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Pacca Alpaca - Travel Playtime: fun activities for kids Pacca Alpaca - Travel Playtime: fun activities for kids by Anamil Tech Limited
Category: Education, Games, Family, Educational
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Size: 62.71 MB

$FREE

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Fishing With Grandpa by Fairlady Media – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

bright colors, realistic fishing game that incorporates educational elements like counting, spotting the difference, find an object and more

What we’d love to see…

the ability to change the number of puzzle pieces, the ability to tap on the “thought bubble” and have Grandpa tell us what he’s thinking again

Summary

Fun app designed to work on a number of skills with Grandpa that has a wide appeal to the audience.

Our Rating

Fishing With GrandpaFishing with Grandpa by Fairlady Media is an iOS app designed for preschoolers that focuses on a variety of skills including, object identification (find an object from a field), counting (find the groups of x fish) , find the treasure using the crab in the maze, putting together a six piece puzzle, spot the difference (look at the objects and determine which one is different), find everything that matches the description (find all the “green” fish), simple video’s to explain fishing and then the opportunity to pick a lure and cast a line and catch a fish which you reel in.  Once you catch the fish, they are measured and you pick the right number from the measuring tape and then add it to your “collection”.  It practices fine motor skills, early math skills, object identification and more.

This is a fun app designed for late preschool through early elementary school which features positive reinforcement (stars) when you complete an activity correctly.  I liked that it used realistic in showing colors with the fish as well as the action and movement of the app.  The narration is clear and easy to understand with Grandpa speaking in his patient voice telling us, please find x and encouraging kids even if they get the wrong answer.  The colors are bright and fun and help children truly understand what it is like to go fishing.

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In terms of future enhancements, I’d like to see the ability to change the number of puzzle pieces (perhaps range from a four piece puzzle to an eight piece puzzle), the ability to “row” grandpa’s boat as well as if you have trouble finding an object in the field the ability to tap on the “thought bubble” above Grandpa’s Head which currently just says an object like “hook” but it does not repeat if you either tap it or pick the wrong object.  Right now, the wrong object will disappear reducing the field , but it does not see, I want the fishing hook or I want my hat.  I’d also like especially for younger kids who don’t know how to read the ability to see the number of objects they are looking for.   My first grader also commented that he wanted to see an “end” to the maze not just the treasure as it gave him a better way to trace the direction for the crab as well as a spot for him to “sit” in the boat since it is currently filled with Grandpa’s gear.  He also noted, that Grandpa doesn’t have a life jacket – something we talk about a lot as we enjoy water based activities.  Personally, I’d also love to see a frog catching game as that was a fun part of going to the pond for me.

The app features a parental lock which allows the parent to choose which games are included in the app, they range from find the gear to fish groups, mazes, puzzles, reel it in, measurement and more as well as the ability to turn the music on and off.  There is also an advertising section for the other Fairlady Media apps which features a pop up video and advertising, but you can’t click beyond to email or access iTunes without entering in your year of birth.

Overall, this is a fun game aimed at the slightly older preschooler through early elementary aged child. The ability to choose from the ten different games as well as choosing which ones are most appropriate for your child means the app has wide appeal for kids and adults alike.  I even caught myself playing along as I enjoyed watching the video’s about the different fish as well as catching the different fish.  This is a great addition to the Fairlady Media Suite of apps featuring Grandma and Grandpa.  I can’t wait to see what comes next – perhaps a crafting with Grandma app?  Only time will tell!



Fishing With Grandpa Fishing With Grandpa by Fairlady Media

Price: $2.99 USD

Let’s go on a fishing adventure with Grandpa! Grab some gear, play underwater games, choose a lure, cast a line, hook and reel in a fish, and add new fish to your collection! Grandpa needs your help.

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