Todo Telling Time by Locomotive Labs- Review

Todo Telling Time by Locomotive Labs- Review




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What we love…

beautiful graphics, fun and educational games that do a thorough job helping kids with their time telling skills

What we’d love to see…

better child protection (harder access to the parent page), multiuser capability

Summary

A fantastic in-depth supplement to time and date lessons that is both highly educational and entertaining.

Our Rating

Todo Telling TimeTodo Telling Time by Locomotive Labs is an app designed to help children learn to tell time using both analog and digital clocks.  It contains six fun games that will sharpen skills necessary to read a calendar and tell time and combines learning and fun in an exceptional way.

 

Upon opening the app, you get a beautifully illustrated menu page that shows the current time in digital and analog format, and the current day and date.  Click on the little orange character, who my little ones like to refer to as “Todo”, to hear him say the time.  The hands on the clock are also movable, but will always show the current time whenever you return to the main menu either after playing a game or when opening the app.

 

On the top right is the link to the parent page which can be accessed simply by swiping the icon all the way to the right.  The parent page contains information about the app as well as external links to the app store, websites, and social media.  Given the age that this app is geared to, I find the parent page far too easily accessible.

 

On the bottom of the page are icons that represent each of the six games included.  To the left of these icons is a little star in a circle, and to the left is a little triangle in circle.  The star leads to a progress page which shows the hours played, stars collected, and the days played.  The triangle shows all the levels for each game and which level the player is currently on in each game.  Clicking on the level will take you directly to that level in the game, so you can skip levels using this submenu.

 

Now to the amazing games:

Days and Weeks. 

This game has 3 levels.  In Days and Weeks, children will be putting puzzles together by arranging days and months in the correct order.

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Ferris Wheel.

Ferris Wheel has five levels. In Ferris Wheel, children will be counting by ones and fives.  I love this because the Ferris Wheel is in the shape of a clock and the numbers are arranged in clockwise order.  In fact, the numbers are arranged exactly where they would be found in a clock, so children get to become familiar the numbers on a clockface for both the hours and minutes.

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Schedule. 

Schedule also has five levels. In this game, children will be asked to set the time in an analog clock.  The game progresses from setting the time by the hour (“7:00 am is wake up time!”), through telling time to the quater hour or to the minute,  to setting the time to minutes or hours before or after the given time (“set the clock to an hour before 12:00”).

 

Train Time

The fourth game is called Train Time.  It too has five levels.  In Train Time, children will be asked to read an analog clock and enter it in digital format.

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Memory.

The fifth game is called Memory.  Memory has four levels.  This is fantastic game that will help children memorize where the numbers are on an analog clock.  They will be shown a series of 3 numbers, always in consecutive order.  The numbers are arranged clockwise and they will have to remember where the 3 numbers are located.

 

Time Quiz.

The sixth and last game is a Time Quiz.  It has five levels.  The levels progress from answering  questions regarding whether an event happens during the day or night (i.e. When is it time to wake up? The answer is morning.)  to the last level where they would have to figure out how much time have passed between two given times (i.e. one clock shows 4:05 and the other clock shows 6:10.  Therefore, 2 hours and 5 minutes have passed.)

 

One of the things I would like to see in future updates is multiuser capability.  It would be great to have a separate account for each child so that they can each have their own collection of stars in their progress/summary reports.

 

Todo Telling Time does an incredibly thorough job of helping children tell time better and faster.  It does not, however, teach the basics of how the hand on an analog clock works.  Therefore this app must not be considered as a primary source for teaching time.  I do, however, highly recommend this as a supplement to date and time lesson plans. It is aligned with Common Core Standards for mathematics for telling time in grades 1-3.  It is a fabulous resource as it is highly educational and very entertaining at the same time.  This one is definitely a must have app for kids!

 To download this app please use this link: Todo Telling Time – Locomotive Labs small box



Todo Math: School Edition Todo Math: School Edition by Enuma, Inc.

Price: $119.99 USD

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 Doodle Critter Math: Numbers By NCSOFT -Review and Win an iPad Mini

Doodle Critter Math: Numbers By NCSOFT -Review and Win an iPad Mini



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What we love…

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What we’d love to see…

reinforcing the counting more in some games, changes to unlocking the puzzle pieces

Summary

A well-made, engaging app,  a great introduction to many essential early maths concepts. Recommended for toddlers and pre-school aged children.

Our Rating

Doodle Critter Math: Numbers Doodle Critter Math: Numbers is a universal app from NC iactionbook the developers of the Meet the Insects App Series. This app is aimed at children from 3-5 years old and works on basic concepts about numbers. It is child safe with no adverts or in-app purchases, external links are in a locked parent zone. The parent zone is accessed by answering multiplication questions and also allows adjustment of the music volume, switching sound effects on or off, and choosing between English and Korean language options.

There are 6 learning games, plus a set of puzzles which can be unlocked as a reward. Each game has tutorial available. The games are:

Read Numbers

Number shaped critters hang on the clothesline. When the child touches it the number appears on its own, the number is spoken, and the correct number of little critters jumps out of it. The little critters are interactive if the child taps on them – they might disappear or turn into numbers or change size; I’d love to see some counting reinforcement by hearing them being counted as the child taps them.

Write Numbers

The child learns to trace each number by following colored bubbles, arrows show the correct direction. Once they have completed it the right number of little critters appears in bubbles and they can release them by popping the bubbles. If the child goes outside the lines they can continue from where they went out- reducing frustration for young children.

Match the Pairs

This includes 3 activities. 1) Cards: matching pairs of cards where one shows a number and the other shows pictures of that many objects. 2) Trucks: the child can drive the digger truck over to scoop up the right number of legos to match the number on the truck (the lego groups are color-coded to help). 3) Hoopla: throwing colored rings over the matching colored stakes to count the rings. In this activity I would like the child to be able to tap on the objects to count them if they are having trouble, if you do this currently it gives a hint as to which is the match for it rather than helping the chid to count and solve it themselves.

Put Things in Order

This game involves playing with fridge magnets. The child has to put the magnets in the right order, working on concepts such as widest/ narrowest, longest/ shortest, biggest/ smallest and numerical order. The shadows of the magnets stay on the fridge to help the child get the order correct.

One More or Less

Two trains arrive pulling the same number of carriages, each with a critter inside. One train has a critter added or taken away and the child has to pick which of 3 numbers shows the number of critters in that train now. Once they have answered correctly the question and answer is shown as an equation e.g. 3-1=2.

Together or Take away

This introduces the concept that you can create a number by adding two other numbers together. Felt critters are getting on or off two buses, each bus has a set number of seats and the child moves the critters on or off. F0r instance 8 critters may be waiting, one bus has one seat, the other has seven seven seats, as the child puts them in their seats the numbers are counted both visually and verbally, and at the end it says “from eight you get one and seven”.

Jigsaw Puzzles

These are earned as a reward for playing the other games. Each of the other mini-games has 10 questions, completing all 10 questions earns 1 puzzle piece. each mini-game has its own puzzle with 10 pieces – you have to play each set of 10 questions 10 times to earn all the pieces for one puzzle. I think it would work better as an incentive if they could earn up to 10 puzzles pieces per game, but that they unlocked one puzzle at a time – so after playing 10 games from a variety of mini-games they would unlock a whole puzzle instead of having 1 or 2 pieces each for many puzzles.

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This is a cute app for toddlers and preschoolers just becoming familiar with numbers and maths concepts. The illustrations are cute and kid-friendly, with imaginary animals and simple animations and interactivity. I appreciate the fact that is child-safe, and like the range of activities included. My children enjoyed playing with the app and liked the cute critters. The app itself was engaging enough to keep them playing with it, but I didn’t really feel the puzzles added much incentive. Our favorite games were the “Putting Things in Order” fridge magnets and the trucks and hoopla in “Match the Pairs.” I would like to see a few improvements made in future updates – reinforcing the counting more in the matching game and when playing with the critters in the read numbers game. However, even without these changes this is a well-made, engaging app, a great introduction to many essential early maths concepts. I would recommend it for toddlers and pre-school aged children, and those kindergarteners who need extra reinforcement of early maths skills.  This app is on an introductory sale at 99c and is a great deal at this price – snap it up today !

Doodle Math: Numbers Doodle Math: Numbers by NCSOFT
Category: Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, 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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 65.23 MB

$2.99USD

 

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 Squeebles Times Tables 2 by KeyStage Fun- Review

Squeebles Times Tables 2 by KeyStage Fun- Review



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Summary

Overall, a great app for practicing the times tables. I really like how customizable it is and that is uses humor, interactions and cute characters to make a repetitive task more engaging. My son really likes being able to practice without time pressure, and enjoys collecting (and reading about) the Squeebles and playing the bubble-ball.

Our Rating

Squeebles Times Tables 2Those lovable monsters the Squeebles are back again, this time working on multiplication. Squeebles Times Tables 2 is a universal app that includes six mini- games for working on the Times Tables and a reward game. The app is quite customizable so you can change the way the questions are presented to suit the child (and to fit with different teaching styles in different countries). It has data recording and allows multiple player profiles. It is child-friendly with no adverts, in-app purchases or external links.

The Maths Monster has kidnapped the Squeebles and stolen their bubble-ball equipment. By practicing their times tables the student can rescue Squeebles, earn turns playing bubble-ball and earn stars to buy more bubble-ball equipment.

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The student practices their times tables in these mini-games:

Tables 1-12

The student picks one of the times tables and work on questions from it.

Mix it Up

Questions are from any of the tables tables from 1-12.

Tricky Tables

Here the student can work on questions they previously got wrong, once a question has been answered correctly 3x it leaves this area.

Fill The Gap

Questions are presented in the style of 3 x _ = 33 and they have to fill in the missing number.

Challenge Mode

There are six different levels to unlock each containing 5 challenges. They present a variety of challenges working on different groups of tables, setting different targets for number of questions right or no of correct answers in a row, and some also set a time limit.

Extreme Tables

The questions in this section are based on the 13, 14 and 15 x tables.

Bubble-ball

The reward game is fairly simple:  a Squeeble sits inside a bubble-ball, you tap him so he drops from a platform, when he hits the flip fish’s tail and you tap the tail to flip it as far as you can. Getting the timing of the second flip right involves some hand-eye co-ordination and practice to time it right. The bubble stones give different kinds of power-ups they can use to improve their best flips. The child can use stars they have earned to buy different flip fish and bubble balls – and they all have different characteristics. The reward system uses both predictable rewards (a gold star for each correct answer and bubble -ball attempts for answering a certain number of questions) and random rewards ( bubble stones for hitting various milestones that are not listed), I feel this works better than just using predictable rewards.

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The times tables aren’t exactly thrilling stuff and learning them does require a lot of repetition, but  it is a really important foundation skill for learning more advanced mathematics. Squeebles Times Tables 2 livens up the task by using humor, cute characters and fun interactions. The Math Monster growls and grumbles every time the student gets a question right, so he is fun to beat. There are some hidden surprises too such as the Math Monsters flip-top head, which reveals moving gears and cogs inside. I really like how customizable the app is. You can decide if the child gets multiple choice questions or has to enter the answer themselves- in the US school system they often are given multiple choice questions, but I feel having to actually enter the answer is better for learning. You can have the extreme times tables left out from the tricky questions or included for a greater challenge, once they have mastered the 1-12x tables. It is also possible to lock which tables they get to work on – keeping it simpler for younger students or making sure older ones are fully challenged, and you can have the countdown timer on or off. The parent zone has an optional passcode lock and as well as adjusting the settings you can also view detailed statistics for all players for the previous 4 weeks.

I tested this app out with my nine-year-old son and he recommends it as a good way to work on the times tables, and especially likes the fact that you can do so without time pressure – there is an optional timer counting how long each round takes, but there is no time limit and no obvious penalty for being slow. There are some extra bubble stones to be earned for being fast but that is hidden from the child – you have to look on the website to find the time limits to earn them. He also likes having the bubble-ball game available for when he feels like a break.

Overall, a great app for practicing the times tables. I really like how customizable it is and that is uses humor, and cute characters to make practicing more engaging. My son really likes being able to practice without time pressure, and enjoys collecting (and reading about) the Squeebles and playing the bubble-ball. It has less fancy graphics and gameplay than some other multiplication apps on the market, but my son prefers its simpler style.

Squeebles Times Tables 2 Squeebles Times Tables 2 by KeyStageFun
Category: Education, 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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 61.77 MB

$2.99USD

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
 Spellyfish Short A Words by Pyxwise Software -Review

Spellyfish Short A Words by Pyxwise Software -Review



 

What we love…

Reverse phonics system, bright engaging fun graphics, variable hint system, customizable

What we’d love to see…

More apps in the series

Summary

A great app for beginning readers. Spellyfish introduces children to spelling and reading 30 cvc words such as cat, rag, Sam, pat and van, in a fun engaging app.

Our Rating

Spellyfish - Short A WordsSpellyfish Short A Words is a universal app by Pyxwise Software, the developers of the Simplex Spelling apps. Spellyfish is designed for 4-6 year-old children, and is aligned with US Kindergarten Common Core Standards. It works on consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words that contain the short /a/ sound.  It has a lot of customization options including:  qwerty or ABC keyboard, upper or lowercase letters, show or hide scores, phonics or letter names, how many correct attempts for a word to be “mastered’ (1-10),  sound effect volume and narration volume.

Spellyfish has many characteristics in common with the Simplex Spelling apps but has a fun underwater theme and appealing graphics to suit its younger target audience. Spellyfish the jellyfish is the child’s guide through the app, first he takes them through an introductory lesson where they learn how to use the app and practice how to answer questions and get hints. As well as the introductory lesson the app contains 6 regular lessons and 2 review lessons. Each of the 6 lessons contains 5 three-letter words based on a common theme e.g. ending with _ag or starting with s__. The review lessons contain six words each, and consist of a mixture of words from the previous lessons.

As the lesson starts Spellyfish explains what theme of the lesson will be, then swims along the seafloor to his underwater spelling spot. For each word Spellyfish says the word on its own and in a sentence, and a picture illustrating the word appears in a thought bubble beside him.

iPhone Screenshot 1Spellyfish swims beside a board containing 3 red seashells, as the child types the letters they appear on the board and the shells change color to indicate if they are right or wrong. Red shells indicate a letter not in that word, green shells show a correct letter and blue shells indicate a letter than is in the wrong place. The child can drag the blue letters into the right spot and remove red letters with the backspace key.

If the child touches the thought bubble Spellyfish will say the word and sentence again. If they need hints touching the yellow starfish will make red starfishes appear under each shell the child can just touch the starfish to get hints for that letters they need help with e.g. JAM the possibilities for the first letter are J, G, DGE. Once the child has successfully spelled the word Spellyfish sounds it out and repeats the word.

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Parents and teachers can keep track of how their children are doing – for each word list they can see which words have been mastered, or by sliding a switch see how many times they have attempted each word and how many times it has been correct. The app allows up to 40 user accounts and results can be emailed.

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Spellyfish works on important pre-reading skills- phonological and phonemic awareness, sound blending, rhyming, recognizing lower and uppercase letters as well as keyboard skills. As well as being suitable for Kindergarten students; the audio and visual cues, large keyboard (with vowels color-coded) and variable hint system make it a great app for Special Needs children. I have been using this app with my six-year-old daughter who is just starting first grade (but still working on mastering these words) and she really enjoys using it to work on her spelling and reading skills. As she has been struggling with learning to read it was really reassuring to see her confidently sounding out words and working out how to spell them with Spellyfish as her guide. This is a really well-done app and I’d love to see more apps in this series covering more word groups for beginning readers. The one thing that would be nice to see added is a reward system to keep the young children coming back to practice, maybe collecting underwater themed stickers.

Overall, a great app for beginning readers, Spellyfish has a cute underwater theme, fun sound effects and engaging characters. It introduces children to spelling and reading 30 cvc words such as cat, rag, Sam, pat and van. It is  very customizable, tracks multiple users, is great for Special Needs children and costs only 99c, highly recommended ! A must-have app for Kindergarten students.

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know what inside– Does not share any data.
– Does not track your child’s location.
– Does not contain In-App purchases.
– Does not contain links to social media.
– Does not contain push notifications.
– Contains in app links to view a safe enclosed version of the developer’s website for additional information, support and teaching tips.
– Contains child protected links that allow you to : “email the developer questions” and to rate the app.

 

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Simplex Math Simplex Math by Pyxwise Software Inc.

Price: $4.99 USD

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