Toddler Kids Puzzles Puzzingo – Educational Games by 77Sparx Studio, Inc. – Review

Toddler Kids Puzzles Puzzingo – Educational Games by 77Sparx Studio, Inc. – Review



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What we love…

fun interactive puzzle game that includes IAP to buy additional puzzles

What we’d love to see…

a way to save photos, a trophy case for the mini game achievements

Summary

Overall, this is an app that has wide appeal to kids young and old and can be played by yourself or in a multi-player setting with kids taking turns.  I really like all of the new updates that were included as did my kids!

Our Rating

Toddler Kids Puzzles Puzzingo – Educational GamesAs a mom of two kids, Puzzingo by 77Sparx Studio, Inc, a universal app for iOS has saved me hundreds of hours of cleaning up pieces, trying to find missing ones or worse yet not being able to complete a puzzle in the limited time I had with my kids.   Puzzingo recently launched a bunch of new great updates which include new puzzles, more animations and sounds and encourages kids to look at the pieces to fit them into the right spot.  The app encourages kids to look at the pieces offered, and then figure out which of the spots they fit into.  This free version of the app includes a free daily puzzle as well as in-app purchases protected by a parental gate to purchase additional content.  You can set the puzzles to be “easy” or “super easy” and the music can be turned on or off.

Puzzingo has added a lot of great new content to the app this year which includes: pirates, music, bugs, sports, fairytales, as well as 15 new mini games just in 2016!

One of the things I like about the app is that it only gives two choices at a time when putting the puzzle together, that means that my two and a half year old isn’t overwhelmed by all the potential choices of which puzzle piece to pick.  I also love that when I use it with him we can talk about what the pieces are – for example we recently played with the new bugs puzzle, because what little boy doesn’t love bugs!  First, you “pop” open the present and then you are given two pieces which you have to fit into the puzzle.  I also liked that the names of the items are spoken and if it is put in the wrong place more than once, you are gently guided using a red arrow to put it in the right spot.  As you add more items to the puzzle, it becomes more complex and the picture begins to fill in.   After you finish the puzzle, you can then “create the bug” by picking your favorite choices of the interactive bug and when you are done you “exit”.  I also like the brightly colored illustrations which both my kids liked as well.  I also liked that once you buy a in-app purchase pack or if you buy the “all access pass” you continue to be able to keep your content. We also named the shapes and worked on shape recognition to realize what pieces fit into what spots.

My older son loves sports, so he was happy to see a new sports puzzle added to the app.  He loved the football puzzle the most and liked how the images filled in and completed the puzzle after he added the pieces. He did struggle a bit with the mini game where you kicked the football but finally figured out that if you tapped toward the right side of the he would be able to get a trophy.  I really like the illustrations and that the spoken words are clear, no matter what the language is.  There are visual and audio cues designed to make the app usable by toddlers and special needs kids.

 

There are parental gates which requires answering a simple math problem in order to access a parental control area which includes email, social media and internet.

In terms of enhancements, my son wanted to be able to “save” his completed puzzles to the camera roll.  We just did this by taking a snapshot of my iPad using the home and power button.  It would also be fun, according to him if we were able to save the mini games and trophies in a case.

Overall, this is an app that has wide appeal to kids young and old and can be played by yourself or in a multi-player setting with kids taking turns.  I really like all of the new updates that were included as did my kids!

Toddler Kids Puzzles Puzzingo – Educational Games

Puzzingo Toddler Kids Puzzles Puzzingo Toddler Kids Puzzles by 77Sparx Studio, Inc.

Price: $FREE

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her 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 is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 Curious George Train Adventures by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Review

Curious George Train Adventures by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Review



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What we love…

bright cheerful graphics and our friend Curious George bringing us on a science and math inspired adventure which requires problem solving and self regulation.

What we’d love to see…

the entire app included in the purchase price, ability to make it easier or harder depending on the age of the child

Summary

Great app featuring Curious George and working on STEM based activities.  This app includes IAP for additional worlds within it which isn’t clearly noted in the app description.

Our Rating

Curious George Train Adventures by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a universal app for iOS featuring Curious George on a train as he travels through a variety of different scenes.    The app works on fine motor, creative thinking to solve obstacles and puzzles as well as working memory and understanding the speed of the train.  As you go through the game, you control the speed of the train by using a lever at the bottom of the screen which ranges from 0 (stop) to green (fast).  Obstacles appear in the game including ones you can touch away, boards that you have to climb up with the train as well as making a bridge come up or avoiding falling into a hole.  Concepts practiced here included increasing and decreasing speed, opening gates, navigating obstacles like flowers and pineapples as well as raising bridges.  As you complete the level you are star rated based on how many objects remained in your train during the journey – if you go to fast over an obstacle you can lose objects and have to redo the level in order to unlock the next level of the app.  This app includes IAP for additional worlds within it which isn’t clearly noted in the app description.

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I liked the graphics in the app as well as the fact that you had to control the speed with your finger at all times.  This encouraged my son to regulate the speed and he would look forward to see that a warning sign was coming up and he would anticipate that he would need to slow down the train in order to continue on.      This encouraged him to be observant so that he didn’t have to redo the levels over and over again.  I also liked that the obstacles got progressively harder with each level – pulley’s and cranks made it interesting for my son as he asked me questions about how they worked and it became a discussion point as we tested them out.  What happens if you go on the bridge without turning the crank.

In terms of improvements, I would suggest the entire app be available with the purchase of it.  It was a bit disappointing to my kids to learn that if they wanted to try another one of the worlds it remained locked unless we purchased the IAP.  Other improvements could include an age toggle so that the app could be made a bit easier for younger kids – the demographic of Curious George is preschool but some of the activities in here were aimed at elementary aged children which could lead to frustration.  I also found that the narration in the app was a bit echoed – and sometimes the Man with the Yellow Hat’s mouth moved but his voice was not in sync.  I’d also like to see colors and shapes included in the app – perhaps this could be something in a future addition – you could puzzle in the shapes to complete the bridge.

The app does include in app purchases to purchase additional worlds within in but it is protected with a parental gate.  The additional words are  Frosty Wonderland, Zany Meadows and Space Spectacular. Each world has 10 levels and can be purchased for $1.99.  The additional worlds have similar concepts but just different backgrounds.

Overall, this is a fun app for preschool through early elementary aged children that has some great skill building in it. I liked the puzzle solving portion of it the most as well as the regulation of the train which encouraged kids that it wasn’t always about getting there the fastest – something that I try to teach my kids on a regular basis.

Curious George Train Adventures
Curious George Train Adventures
by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Category: Education, Family, Educational, Games
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: 194.87 MB

$0.99USD

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her 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 is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 Math Tales – The Jungle: Nursery rhymes and math games for kids by Marshmallow Games – Review

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: Nursery rhymes and math games for kids

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

 

 

NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.
 Zoo Train by Busy Bee Studios – Review & Giveaway

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
Size: 118.32 MB

$0.99USD

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