My Pets: Cat & Dog for Kids by Knbmedia is a kids app that encourages the use of observation to find a variety of animals in the house, park, garden, and garage. The app first prompts you to find the animal, and then you scroll with your finger to locate it. The app tells you what to look for such as a goldfish, then shows a picture of the item. Once you tap on the item it pops up a card which shows a larger version of the item in a card format and allows you to hear the items name in a variety of ways: English, French, Spanish, to record your own voice. When you find the animal an image pops up on the card and the head or in some cases the body moves. In the version of the app I tested, I tested both My Pets and My Pets 2.
What we love…
fun animal themed game that encourages kids to use perception and finding skills to find the animal within the app
What we’d love to see…
animals that are a bit more of a match in the app to the item pictured
My Pets: Cat & Dog for Kids is a fantastic early learning game which encourages kids to find an animal using visual perception, then hear the name and follow up games are included like an animal album, jigsaw puzzle and additional modes.
My Pets: Cat & Dog for Kids keeps track of animals that you find, and after you find all of them, they are placed in a booklet which is called a card. After finding all of them, you can print a booklet to show all of the animals which can be sent via email, direct printing via Wi-Fi and file sharing. For the email option, it does pop up an email, but you can’t go beyond that. For the direct printing a printer icon shows up. The app allows for multiple modes perfect for younger and older kids, as well as letting you pick your specified language for spoken instructions and animal names. That is protected by a parental gate.
My Pets: Cat & Dog for Kids includes 48 animals total. Gameplay is multi-lingual and you can find the animals on your device, take their photo, create a jigsaw puzzle, take a quiz or watch a video. Animals range from cats and dogs to birds, hamsters and rabbits. In the My Pets 2 world, animals include a hedgehog, turtle, koi carp, horse, spider. After finding all the animals, you can take a photo of the animals in the house (using an integrated camera – nothing is saved in the camera roll) and once you take 12 photos a surprise awaits. There is also a game that tells you it’s almost nighttime and you have to find the animals using a night light – at first they are in a specific area then you have to scroll in the dark to find the animal.
As a parent, I liked that My Pets: Cat & Dog for Kids encouraged kids to find an item and then let them listen to what it was called. My younger son didn’t turn the wheel to hear the animal name pronounced in many ways, but my older son did. I also liked that kids were guided a bit if they went the wrong way and didn’t get frustrated at trying to find an item. I also liked that My Pets: Cat & Dog for Kids was an app kids could play multiple times without repetition and there were new activities they could earn like the printable album, the ability to take photos of the animals or a jigsaw puzzle. A visual reminder at the top showed a camera filling in as progress toward the next milestone activity. For example, when you take a photo it gives you a fact about the animal and then saves it to the game. The jigsaw puzzle has you “shake” your device after taking a photo which means that you can get a puzzle that’s either 4/6/12/20 pieces and the longer you shake it the more pieces. I also liked the multi-user setting as well as the ability to set the difficulty which ranged from easy, to difficult with varying levels of cues that were provided.
In terms of enhancements for My Pets: Cat & Dog for Kids, sometimes the animals didn’t always look like the item that was on the screen telling you to look for it. One example is the Maine Coon Cat which was pictured as an animated white cat, when you tapped on the cat a more accurate striped cat was shown. My younger son didn’t always like the head movement of the animals when they were found – I’m not sure why because he couldn’t tell me why he didn’t like it at first but once he used the app a bit he got more used to it.
My Pets: Cat & Dog for Kids is a fantastic early learning game which encourages kids to find an animal using visual perception, then hear the name and follow up games are included like an animal album, jigsaw puzzle and additional modes. The app is free with IAP for My Pets World 2. There are additional worlds listed as well with the note” “coming soon”. The app includes appropriate parental gates and no advertising.
beautiful illustrations, motley crew of characters in a fun pirate themed app with eight levels of adventure.
What we’d love to see…
removal of the pop up asking you to rate the app, an “easy mode” for younger kids who may get frustrated in some levels having to multi-task like the Bridge of Screams and Octopus and Battle Ship
Perfect for Pirate Day or any day – this app from Avokiddo delivers. My son had hours of fun solving the adventures and pretending to be a pirate. Argh Matey!
We ARGH Pirates by Avokiddo is an app for iOS and Android featuring Captain Rose and his crew. The app features a cast of four who are searching for a adventure on the sea. The app involves problem solving via puzzles, battle with sea monsters and digging for burred treasure. Each of the eight levels has a different challenge to solve and a gem to find in order to advance to the next level. Skills practiced within the app include fine motor, problem solving including planning ahead and solving each of the puzzles as well as being prepared for the unexpected. The crew includes: Captain Rose, Claire ‘Long Hair’, Ruprecht ‘The Shovel’ and Zany Granny. During each of the levels a specific task is required in order to advance to the next level.
Level 1: Catch the fish and magical sea bottle to move to the next level
Level 2: Run with Captain Rose and Ruprecht ‘The Shovel’ to solve puzzles along the way. There are a variety of X marks the spot as well as challenges to solve including getting a slingshot and a sword within this level.
Level 3: It’s time to ride the high seas with a pirate ship. You must jump over rocks and in some cases capture cannon balls to shoot through rocks which are too tall to jump over
Level 4: The lost totem, Claire and Ruprecht use the slingshot to shoot down coconuts and put the various characters to sleep and outwitting themwhile attempting to capture the jewel
Level 5: Bridge of Screams, move each of the characters across a bridge while evading the crows flying using only a red balloon! Use your finger to move up or down to avoid the crows
Level 6: It’s the Volcano of 1,000 caves where you go through various volcano’s and move up within the volcano. Those caves are tricky and if you go through the wrong cave you can go upwards or downwards.
Level 7:It’s time to battle the Octopus using the battle ship – what seems to start as a sedate level similar to level 3 requires jumping over rocks, capturing cannon balls then adds in a crazy Octopus which you get rid of by having Ruprecht throw buckets at.
Level 8: This level brings you to the Cave of Treasures where you dig up one last treasure chest before putting your gems to work. This was the hardest level for my son who had trouble following the gem song which required patterning and paying attention to move forward
This is a beautifully illustrated app with top notch illustrations and a fun mystery pirate theme. It kept my son entertained for hours as he sailed the ship and captured the required items to move on to the next level. As a mom, I liked that it just wasn’t an app he could run through quickly but one that required thinking and problem solving to move on to the next level. Language in the app was at a minimum which meant that if you wanted to you could mute the various sounds within the app. I loved all the skills that were practiced in a fun way that didn’t make my kids think that they were learning.
In terms of improvements, I wish there was an “easy mode” option for younger players. My son got frustrated a few times with various levels which required multiple interactions in the same level such as jumping the ship, catching the cannon ball and making sure you shot down the rock all in one fell swoop. In addition, I wish you could turn off the pop up asking you to rate the app. It is protected by the parental gate – but it was a but frustrating for my son who saw it and had to repeat the level.
Perfect for Pirate Day or any day – this app from Avokiddo delivers. My son had hours of fun solving the adventures and pretending to be a pirate. Argh Matey! There are no third party ads and the app is COPPA Compliant. External content is parental gate protected. Be sure to check out the other great Avokiddo apps for kids of all ages!
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bright interactive app that encourages children to learn a variety of words in English ranging from numbers, colors, shapes, and everyday words.
What we’d love to see…
use of matching numbers to roman numerals for the counting, no timer for some of the games, shorter “test” at the end of the app
Fun interactive kids app that teaches children numbers and a variety of words in a interactive birthday adventure for Yaya. There is no IAP or advertising.
Yaya Learns English by Kiddies City is a iPad only app in which a young girl named Yaya explores the city in a variety of interactive scenes. Each scene has a variety of activities from finding coins and matching them up by numbers in the train scene, to earning tickets at a theme park and attending a birthday party! The app uses U.K. English, but many words are similar to American English and it is great for kids of all ages. The app features English, German, Spanish, Korean, or Chinese as languages. There are four apps in the series including Yaya learns German, Yaya learns Spanish, Yaya learns Chinese all of which have a similar story just with different languages tied to them. The app features multi step directions, completing a task, finding coins and matching them up, getting the birthday ready and more.
My son loves anything to do with trains – so he really enjoyed putting together the tracks and matching the first letter of the objects (“r” for rainbow and “t” for tree). He really enjoyed trying to make the tracks correct so he could continue within the app. At the birthday party, it was fun for my son to help Yaya decorate by making juice – he chose orange and loved watching the blender make it. He also enjoyed matching the letters to the words and getting stars for finishing each task. The app has beautiful artwork with animations throughout including floating balloons. As a mom, I also liked my kids could touch the speaker icon to hear the word spoken again. The app features numbers from one to ten and thirty seven other words like apple, roller coaster, bridge, house and other words you use everyday in the English language. The narration in the app is well done by a native English speaker. I would suggest this app for kids aged four through about second grade because of the complexity for some of the mini games. I liked that the app had a comprehension test at the end – although 30 questions seemed a bit high – I would prefer if there were ten or so questions that rotated through. My older son especially enjoyed the birthday room and making the cake, blowing up the balloons and sorting the candy items for the favor jars. The app features a gated parental area which includes a glossary of the words including pronunciation, links to social media. This parental area is accessed by touching a number and holding it for three seconds.
In terms of improvements, seeing a number on a coin versus the roman numeral can be confusing for kids who may not have learned that concept yet. I have a 3 year old who loved finding the coins, but had a hard time matching them to the roman numeral because they were not the same. When you successfully complete the numbers, you are presented with a screen which shows the coins – again with numbers and the spelling of the number which is different than how it is presented within the app. Older kids may understand the concept more clearly and be able to execute There are also a number of items within the various screens it would be nice to see an interaction with when you touch them. In the park, my son got frustrated because when you put the kids on the rides you are timed as you answer questions – it would be nice for younger kids if you didn’t have a timer because when time ends you have to start the level again. I would also like to be able to mute the background music – as it can be a bit distracting but when you turn down the sound you lose the narration.
Overall, this is a cute app designed to help kids learn English in a fun and interactive way. It is designed for children who already speak English as well as non native English speakers. The mini games are fun and have good replay opportunities – but younger kids especially can get frustrated when you try the app because of the inconsistencies in the levels of the games. There are no in-app purchases and no advertising contained within the app. This is a fun educational app that will have kids playing over and over again.
beautiful interactive graphics, ability to have a variety of cities and building your own characters
What we’d love to see…
ability to play worlds across multiple devices, ability to “customize” and design the outside of buildings
Great app with hours of playtime, the ability to create multiple cities and have your kids experiment to bring their vision alive makes this a keeper!
Hoopa City 2 by Dr. Panda Games is the newest app in the collection, this app is universal and features a building theme which encourages speech, creative play and role playing depending on the activity in the city. The app appeals to kids from preschool through elementary school, and I found myself even enjoying playing with one of my son’s cities.
My son really liked all the content in the app. He enjoyed putting people in the buildings, role playing and switching from day to night. He liked building his own characters as he progressed within the app. As a mom, I liked the amount of content that was offered and the variety of options for building, playing or simply interacting with the city. The 3D graphics are beautiful and my son enjoyed experimenting to create the different buildings and testing out combinations to see what bigger and better buildings he could make. I loved hearing him narrate as he explained, first I do this, then I touch this and then I get this. He also enjoyed the activities like going shopping, seeing a wedding, and even created a few different cities depending on his mood at the time. I also loved how creative he was able to be and building the city which was in his mind to completion. He also loved finding all the combinations and has spent many hours with me testing out the app. A tip, Hoopa’s Building Book was great to remind us of all of the combinations that he made within the app so that we could easily recreate them. My son loved being so creative and showing me all of the different things that he could create and even played the app during his free iPad time frequently.
At times my son was sad because he wanted a city that was on my iPad or iPhone or vice versa we couldn’t figure out how to transfer the city from one device to another even though they were saved. My son’s least favorite thing to do was fixing the wind turbines which seemed to “break” frequently – at times he tapped it too many times and would get frustrated. My son loves art and wished that he could design the colors and shapes of his buildings – something he would have liked because he loves to do art work.
Overall, this was a fun game that both my 8 year old and I enjoyed playing with. It has hours of playability and it can be customized to be easier or harder depending on the child that is playing with it. It appeals to a wide variety of ages and can tap into your children’s creative side and allow you to see the different things that their imagination may bring to life.
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