fun truck themed app which encourages kids to knock down and build new buildings
What we’d love to see…
more realistic sounds for the horns on the trucks as well as a tutorial for how to drive and maneuver some
Overall, this is a super cute construction and truck themed app that will have your preschooler and older kids building for hours. You can knock down the building, head to the factory for new blocks and build your new creation all in moments.
Dr. Panda Trucks by Dr. Panda Ltd. is a brand new Dr. Panda themed app featuring 7 unique vehicles. The app features a bulldozer, dump truck, truck with wrecking ball, army style truck which shoots cannon balls, crane, and a cleaning truck. My son had so much fun building with Dr. Panda. This app is full of fun – first you demolish the existing building using a variety of trucks and then the building begins. After demolishing the building – you go over to the brick factory to get bricks to build your new building. Then you can head for paint or go to the construction site and start building. After you get to the construction site – you move a lever and dump the dump truck which then creates a building. To put the finishing touches on you can head over to the door and window building to load up the dump truck. We used the crane to move the windows on top of our newly constructed building. When you open the app, the trucks are all neatly parked – you can either drive them from the parking lot or access them from a top menu which is accessed via swipe at the top of the screen. I enjoyed hearing my son narrate a bit as he picked his favorite trucks and was building. We named colors, favorite trucks and described what we were doing all while playing with the app. It’s a great app to use your imagination with as well as practice fine motor skills.
My son’s favorite part was getting bricks to build the new building. He loved seeing them sort and organize themselves into the back of the truck. He also liked making the different truck noises including beeps, saying “watch out” when he dumped the dump truck. You can build up to six different buildings at a time. My son loved scooping, pushing, building, expanding the buckets, dumping and more. As a parent I loved the variety of buildings kids could make as well as the variety of things they could do. The hidden surprises like the mud that made the trucks spin made my toddler smile. His favorite truck was the street cleaner which picked up the mess.
In terms of enhancements – my toddler said the horns didn’t sound like big trucks. At times, he had a little bit of trouble navigating using the bars to move up and down the various items as they were not typical of items he usually saw. He also wanted to make the army style truck shoot higher but neither of us could figure out how to make it do that. It would also be fun to have a variety of buildings to choose from to build rather than having the app choose. I’d also like to be able to choose the shape of the bricks I wanted. Another wishlist item would be the ability to navigate all within Dr. Panda apps – similar to Dr. Panda Town.
The app is free with in-app purchases (IAP) for all buildings or all trucks – if your kids like the app I would suggest paying for the unlock all. There are advertisements for other Dr. Panda apps on the splash screen. External items are parental gated via birthday.
Overall, this is a super cute construction and truck themed app that will have your preschooler and older kids building for hours. You can knock down the building, head to the factory for new blocks and build your new creation all in moments. It’s a fun game to play on the fly or to entertain your kids for a longer period of time. You can read our roundup of all the great Dr. Panda apps we have reviewed here.
Dr. Panda Trucks
by Dr. Panda Ltd
Clear the way for Dr. Panda Trucks! Master the machines, build funky constructions and blast them to pieces on your very own construction site! TAKE CONTROL! Drive and control up to 7 giant vehicles.
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.
Kids learn best through play and explaining what they are seeing and doing. Recently, every time I turn on the television news or tune in to the local radio, I am prompted things that I know I do not want my child to see or things that I might consider to be scary for them. Research has shown that children learn best through play — and playing out situations via role play can help them to better process and understand them. With the recent Hurricane Harvey here in the United States – there has been a lot of news on the television and radio that is overwhelming. As such, I started thinking about some of my favorite apps that would help kids in these situations. Helping children process traumatic events they seen in the news such as the recent Hurricane Harvey and other frightening news, can be overwhelming. Many children learn better with play therapy. Below are a few apps that involve role play, social stories and more to help them process difficult situations as well as explore new situations. Below is a list of some of my favorites.
Kids learn differently than adults. Introducing a new situation can be hard. One of the biggest things I struggle with as a parent is helping my kids understand a new situation. Helping my kids prepare for new experiences can be overwhelming as. One of my favorite thing about the MyPlayhome apps is that there are no rules – kids can play and role play while narrating what they are doing. I love to see all the different games that my toddler comes up with or see my son talking about an upcoming doctors appointment using MyPlayhome Hospital. Using Social Stories like Kid in the Storybook maker can help kids better understand a new situation. Dr. Panda has a series of role play apps including firefighters, daycare, school bus and more. .
Shimon Young is a genius. Shimon is the developer of the universal My PlayHome app and has managed to find a way to keep my iToddler (2.5) entertained for more than just a few minutes. Not an easy task. My PlayHome brings the dollhouse into the digital age by offering an entire virtual home, complete with an adorable family of five that kids can explore and interact with. Also available on the iPhone (Pocket PlayHome!), this app features beautiful hand-drawn illustrations and realistic sounds associated with each interaction. My PlayHome also has a simple user interface very easy for little fingers to control. This app caters for 2-8 year olds which is appropriate as it’s simple enough for the younger users to play with yet detailed enough to keep the older kids entertained too.” Quite a comprehensive app but still very easy to use by its intended audience. One of the best kids apps I have come across on the App Store!” This continues to be a top pick of The iMums for kids of all ages. Read the full review.
When iMum Amanda reviewed the original My PlayHome back in 2011 she described it’s creator Shimon Young as a genius, and I have to agree. After being installed on our iPads for 2 1/2 years my kids still play with My PlayHome regularly, and there are very few apps that retain their appeal long term like that. So when I told my children there was a new My PlayHome app out, to say they were excited is a definite understatement. My PlayHome brings the dolls house into the digital age with an entire interactive house and garden to play in, and My PlayHome Stores expands the play by adding four shops to explore and shop in. The app stars the same characters as the original app – there are 3 moms, 3 dads, 3 girls, 3 boys and 3 babies from a variety of ethnicities and you can mix and match them any way you like to create the family in the app. The twist that my children really love (and that I have not seen in any other app) is when the family go shopping in the stores they can walk home with their purchases, and if you own My PlayHome they can take their purchases from the stores back to their home. Read the full review.
In the fantastic tradition of the Playhome Software Company, comes the latest My Playhome app, My Playhome Hospital. Fully integrated with the other My Playhome apps (Home, School and Store), this new app allows the player to explore all aspects of the hospital experience. When the app is opened, the child is faced with the view of the hospital and an ambulance. No settings tab, no external options, and no parental tab. The only extra button to press is the Tidy the Hospital wheel, which is a great option. It allows the player to actually erase the previous designs created and start fresh. The home page ambulance can be driven to the school, home or store; linking the other apps (one of my favorite features). An interactive app that familiarizes children with the workings and people in the hospital setting. Multiple different scenes with many opportunities to interact with the objects and characters on each page.
One of the best loved toys of all time are doll houses. It brings hours upon hours of enjoyment to boys and girls alike, and it’s only limitation is a child’s imagination. My PlayHome Software Ltd has brought this enjoyment in the most portable form possible in My PlayHome, My PlayHome Stores, and very recently, My PlayHome School. While my children and I enjoyed My PlayHome and My PlayHome Stores, My PlayHome School far exceeded our expectations. It has almost everything you could find in an elementary school: a receptionist desk, the principal’s office, a cafeteria, boys and girls restrooms, a science lab, an auditorium, a janitor’s closet, lockers, and of course, classrooms. Read the full review.
Explaining difficult situations to kids or helping them understand something new is the premise of Kid in the Storybook maker. This app allows you to take photos of an upcoming event — be it a doctors appointment, new school or even a vacation and use your own words, photos and voice to describe it to the reader. I loved using Bluebee Pals with my son when we recently did a social story about his new school.
Enuma, designs assistance and play-based learning apps to empower kids to be independent learners. they have a special interest in producing apps for children with special needs. LocoMotive Labs is located in Berkeley, California and was founded in 2012, its design team includes many of the team who produced the Injini child development suite. Kid in Story was designed to help parents and therapists easily produce their own stories for children. As children with Autism often respond well to social stories that include them, they wanted to include a way to easily add the child into the story. Read our full review.
Adorable app perfect for children who enjoy free play and doing activities that relate to real life at daycare, preschool etc
What we’d love to see…
A few glitches with small items fixed as some items are hard to grab and move around
A very cute and colourful app full of surprises and stories to create
Happy Daycare Stories – Playhouse game for preschool children and toddlers is by developer Guillermo Gonzalez, creator of cute educational apps such as Animal Puzzle, Shapes Builder, Preschool kit and more.
Happy Daycare Stories is an adorable game for children 2 years and over where kids can run their own daycare! Kids can explore 7 different rooms with 5 cute characters always ready to interact and play with all the daycare toys. The aim of this app is to let children’s imagination go wild by letting them create their own daycare story, explore the daycare centre rooms with the characters and take care of their new little friends
This is another cute app that my daughter is enjoying at the moment, she loves playing with her ‘new friends’ especially serving them food, giving them a bath and putting them to bed. For some reason, she is obsessed with those three rooms at the moment! I think it’s a great way to reinforce routines in little ones’ lives and making every day tasks fun with the little characters.
We love this app as there is so much to do in every room to keep the little ones busy, do some role playing and play with everything and anything in the daycare centre. It is very cute, colourful, lots of fun and has beautiful background music! Little ones can name, play with, feed, have their own band and do all sorts of fun things with their own characters. Kids can relate to this app whether they attend playgroups, daycare, playground or kindergarten. You can drag the characters around the rooms, bring them all in the same room or leave some in certain rooms.
The only thing that we would suggest changing is that sometimes the little toys or objects are hard to move around which can be tricky for little fingers.
There are no ads or in-app purchases in this app, the only extra windows are the More Apps window and the Settings window which are both Parent lock controlled.
Another cute app from developer Guillermo Gonzalez which lets kids have fun while letting their imagination run wild and in the case of this app, learning some social and role playing skills along the way and caring for some cute characters.
Happy Daycare Stories (Full)
Price: $2.99 USD
You are in charge of this daycare, a small and fully interactive world where everyone is welcomed and the only rule is to use your imagination to create amazing stories. Explore 7 different rooms, with.
realistic camping app that encourages kids to leave no trace and provides a variety of mini games to play which reinforce real word like dousing a fire, finding an animal via tracks
What we’d love to see…
a game that includes the stars or evening sky, trail safety tips and ability to make vocabulary words harder or easier depending on the age of the child.
Fun app aimed at preschool and early grade school. My Cub Scouts enjoyed using the app as we talked about a hiking trip and prepared for it.
Camping with Grandpa from Fairlady Media is a universal app for iOS featuring Grandpa as he heads out on a camping trip. There are a variety of activities that include object identification (find the xx tree), word searches (you pick out the words and highlight them with your finger), identify animal tracks from a field of four animals and after you have completed your activities for the day you earn a badge as well as setting up camp for the night. This was the perfect app to share with my soon to be Cub Scout Camper as we used it to talk about what it was like to go camping and the items we would need to bring!
There are seven educational mini games which include
Read a compass – which way to go down the path
Hiking – find an object like a type of leaf or what type of tree
Animal food – what types of foods do the animals like
Animal Tracks – what shaped track do the animals make when they walk on the beach
Word find – can you find the forest words and highlight them with your finger
Tent Shadows – which pocket knife makes the shadow
Hiking Gear – which items should we pack in our backpack
I loved that the app encouraged “leave no trace” and to pick up your litter as well as having a variety of things you would actually do on a camping trip like finding a specific type of tree or learning how to read a compass to find the direction we were going in. It also taught you about foods that animals ate as well as different animal tracks. My son had fun looking at the tracks and trying to figure out which animal made which track. We also talked about which objects should go in his bag when we go hiking. He loved roasting the hot dog and marshmallow like we do at home some nights in the summer. He also liked dousing the fire before Grandpa went to sleep at night. The graphics are clear and realistic and the activities rotate in a different order so kids don’t get bored with the content. My son also loved the different educational videos. I liked that when you doused the fire every last bit had to be out – just like in real life. It was a nice way to reinforce with my son that we can’t leave even a little bit alight.
In terms of enhancements – I would love to see an avatar to represent the child in this app. My son was also sad a few times when he had finished some of the tasks and reopened the app and had to start over again – for us I just minimized the app rather than closing it so we could go back to it. I’d also like to see some sort of star activity included like finding the big dipper or evening sky to learn or educate about how we used to use the stars to navigate. It might also be fun to have a way to follow the trail with trail markers as well as some safety pieces included – i.e. if you get separated from your parents do this. I also liked the vocabulary words – but some of them were hard for my first grader so perhaps a way to choose the types of words or complexity via a parental control would help to reduce frustration especially for younger readers.
Overall, this is a fun and realistic camping app suited for preschool and early grade school children. I found it was a great way to prepare my Cub Scouts for their hiking badge and give them an idea of what to expect before we went. This is a great real world type app that incorporates education about what we should and should not do when camping with some fun learning activities that encourages kids to explore the outdoors!
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