Mulberry FingerPlays App Makes Parents the Best Toy in the House! –  News

Mulberry FingerPlays App Makes Parents the Best Toy in the House! – News



20120928-102415.jpgThe average North American parent spends over $600 per year on toys, but a preschooler’s favorite toy cannot be bought from a store. Nothing puts a smile on their face and a ‘twinkle-twinkle’ in their eye like quality time with Mommy and Daddy. And, if ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ is all you have in your repertoire, there’s an app for that!

FingerPlays are ‘catchy’ easy-to-learn, easy-to-play tickle games, songs and rhymes with actions that create a loving bond and teach critical early learning skills through PLAY. Think: “Eensy Weesny Spider”. Some are 3 minutes long, some are 30 seconds, but once they are mastered, they can turn any parent into THE BEST TOY IN HOUSE!

Preschoolers aren’t the only ones to benefit. One of the biggest advantages of these fun, HD video, tutorials is that they are extremely light-weight, compact and portable. They travel with you and your little one anywhere you go. Together… you always have fun at your fingertips!

One of the biggest challenges of being a parent is remembering all of the interactive songs and rhymes you learn from books, mummy/baby groups and your own childhood so tech Mompreneur, Laura James, decided to give parents a ‘helping hand’ with the “Mulberry FingerPlays” App.

The App has 25 classic fingerplays, taught by Kathy Reid Naiman, a popular and treasured Canadian Children’s Entertainer. Future releases are already on the development slate as preschoolers and parents clamor for more. “I raised my daughter with fingerplays and she still recalls those special times together, says Laura.

“It was wonderful for our relationship because it’s an incredible substitute for “I’m going to give you to the count of 3… 1… 2…. 3”… to get her in the stroller or back to bed or keep her from acting out on a plane etc”. New parents often know some popular ones like “Eentsy Weentsy Spider” and “Here is the Church”. What they don’t realize is that there is a fingerplay for just about everything: gardening, car rides, bedtime, meeting new friends, being shy etc. They are an incredible conversation starter for issues that concern little ones.”

Parents and teacher, worldwide, are raving about the “Mulberry FingerPlays” App, “Just the basic app itself is amazing. I have used it in a variety of situations, distractions, tantrums, last song before nap time etc. And it works like a charm…. This app has such a wide variety of uses and children of all ages love it.” Frances Amato / Special Education Teacher in New York.

“Mulberry FingerPlays” is FREE to sample 5 fingerplays. When you are ready for more, you can purchase the first pack of 20 through inApp purchases.

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The Australian iMum Amanda is a married mother of three young boys from North Queensland and has a background in Business Administration and Information Technology. An Apple enthusiast since 2005, Amanda was donned the nickname ‘The iMum’ due to her growing addiction to their products and her many, many apps. She now owns an iPod Nano, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad Mini, 27″ iMac, 13″ Macbook Air and two Apple TV’s.
New Children’s Fairytale Book App brings Songs to Storybook Apps – News

New Children’s Fairytale Book App brings Songs to Storybook Apps – News

20120523-053927.jpgSherman Oaks, California – Music is an important part of education and brain development in a child. As Musicians and Teachers, Laura Watkins and David Whiteside, the founders of Sunshine Musicals know the benefits of adding music to media and have developed a new kind of Children’s book app using their skills musicians and teachers.

The Snow Queen Musical Children’s Interactive Storybook Adventure takes the classic fairytale “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen and turns it into a Musical Interactive Storybook App!

In addition to beautiful illustrations, a compelling story, and fun interactive characters The Snow Queen Musical App features 5 original songs scored for full orchestra and performed by professional singers and actors. Each song flows seamlessly with the story and comes with sing along lyrics creating a fun and unique musical experience.

“We came up with the idea for “The Snow Queen Interactive Musical” because our daughter, who was 3 at the time, was very much in love with both music and fairytales,” said founder Laura Watkins. “We wanted to nuture this love without allowing here to watch too many hours of musicals on television. We saw the potential for using the iPad as a way to provide all children with a fun engaging interactive musical experience.”

The Snow Queen contains all of the wonderful features parents love in children’s interactive storybook apps including: fun colorful illustrations, interactive characters that move and speak when they are touched, funny surprises hidden among the pages, coloring pages and more!

The children can choose “Read to me” and enjoy a captivating narration by actress Celina Dean, accompanied by highlighted text to help young readers read along with. The “Read to me” feature also includes dialogue performed by the full theatrical cast, as well as the 5 original songs! Families can also choose the “Read it myself” option turning the Snow Queen app into a traditional bedtime story.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.1 or later
* 58.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
The Snow Queen Musical Children’s Interactive Storybook Adventure 1.1.1 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.

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Sunshine Musicals consists of husband and wife Laura Watkins and David Whiteside. In addition to writing children’s musical storybooks they are both music teachers and write music for TV and film. They are the parents of two children, ages 2 and 4, who they are proud to say can sing along to every song in the Snow Queen Musical App! Their goal is to create stories that can nurture the love of music inherent in every child. Copyright (C) 2012 Sunshine Musicals. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

The Australian iMum Amanda is a married mother of three young boys from North Queensland and has a background in Business Administration and Information Technology. An Apple enthusiast since 2005, Amanda was donned the nickname ‘The iMum’ due to her growing addiction to their products and her many, many apps. She now owns an iPod Nano, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad Mini, 27″ iMac, 13″ Macbook Air and two Apple TV’s.
Barnyard Bluegrass Named Best Kids’ App Pick by Parenting Magazine – News

Barnyard Bluegrass Named Best Kids’ App Pick by Parenting Magazine – News

Barnyard Bluegrass[prMac.com] Portland, Oregon – With hundreds of new kids’ apps appearing on the App Store each day, finding the next great one can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Then again, if you’re lucky, you may just hear it singing a familiar tune. Today, Barnyard Bluegrass, already the recipient of many glowing reviews from education and parenting blogs, received some resounding applause when named a “Best Kids’ App Pick” by Parenting’s Technology Staff. Barnyard Bluegrass is indeed like nothing else on the App Store, delivering loads of authentic bluegrass music and learning in a variety of engaging ways.

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Are you tired of hearing the same torturous music from your child’s favorite app? Barnyard Bluegrass is here to help! This lovable band of animated farm animals comes equipped with banjos, fiddles, basses, mandolins and guitars and they aren’t afraid to use them. Offering seven complete songs – with accompanying read along lyrics – children can enjoy fantastic on-demand music using an interface simple enough for a toddler. Perhaps more importantly, parents may find themselves asking to turn the volume up, rather than down.
As if that wasn’t enough, there are three other areas of the app where visitors can delve deeper into the genre and make music of their own. Users can select an instrument and play it using a simple one-finger controller, read about the instruments and hear samples, or head to the farmer’s porch and jam with the entire band. Each area offers a different perspective on the music and gives young learners plenty of room to explore and create.

Tapping into children’s existing love of song, Barnyard Bluegrass offers “yee-haw worthy” renditions of classics like Old MacDonald, Turkey in the Straw, and Hole in the Bucket. For a more traditional taste of the style, there are several ageless bluegrass standards, namely: Pig in a Pen, Blue Railroad Train, Cluck Old Hen, and Nine Pound Hammer.

To bring this much loved genre to life, we called upon Astrograss, a fixture in both the New York City Bluegrass and Kids Music Scene, to perform and record just those tunes that would best connect to young users. All music was recorded and mixed at Inner Harbor Studios, NYC and was mastered specifically for Apple devices.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later
* 16.8 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Barnyard Bluegrass is available in both LITE(free) and FULL ($1.99) versions and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Whynoceros is dedicated to bringing original ideas to thinkers and daydreamers of all ages. Focusing on music, education, stories, and puzzles, Whynoceros leverages the engagement and interactivity of mobile apps to deliver enduring original content. Whynoceros has released the 5-star-rated storybook app, Flight of the Pamplemousse, Barnyard Bluegrass, as well as the Tao Te Ching Alarm Clock. Copyright (C) 2012 Whynoceros. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

The Australian iMum Amanda is a married mother of three young boys from North Queensland and has a background in Business Administration and Information Technology. An Apple enthusiast since 2005, Amanda was donned the nickname ‘The iMum’ due to her growing addiction to their products and her many, many apps. She now owns an iPod Nano, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad Mini, 27″ iMac, 13″ Macbook Air and two Apple TV’s.
Boogie Bugs and Boogie Bugs Mobile – Open Jam with your Own Bug Band

Boogie Bugs and Boogie Bugs Mobile – Open Jam with your Own Bug Band

20111123-060812.jpg[Source: prMac] Winter Park, Florida – Indie developer, Jill Pestka of Twiny Vine and Zeladrijn Music have combined talents to produce the groovy bug phenomenon known as Boogie Bugs available on iPad, and its sister app Boogie Bugs Mobile on iPhone and iPod touch.

A musical game for budding composers of all ages, this application is all about fun, freestyle musical immersion. Easy to play, requiring no musical experience, Boogie Bugs and Boogie Bugs Mobile allows the user to toggle on and off frogs, dragonflies, beetles and other perfectly timed background bugs to orchestrate a musical tune while tapping the lead melody on responsive keybug instruments. This iOS application includes two different ecosystems, dance floor and pond, each with its own rhythmic inhabitants to produce over 2,000 possible musical combinations for a unique experience every time.

Dance floor, with its illuminated floor and disco effect sets a visual mood for game play with rhythmic beats that will get your fingers moving. Pond mode, on the other hand, with its blue hues, watery atmosphere, and mellow nature inspired sounds will inspire improvisational play. Additionally, subtle animations let the user know who’s playing and who isn’t, and the design also allows for multi-player fun, and if your a bashful performer, give it a try on headphones.

Boogie Bugs in the Classroom:
Boogie Bugs is already a hit with music educators. Eligible for educational discounts Boogie Bugs has already found a home in classrooms due to its responsive instruments and perfectly timed backgrounds. Its open ephemeral play, similar to real instrument practice helps kids and adults learn the basics of what makes a song sound good.

Features Include:
* Responsive and unique tap instruments
* Supports simultaneous tapping for multi-player and multi-tap grooviness
* Easy to play for all ages and musical levels
* Helps user(s) learn to keep time
* promotes creativity

Boogie Bugs Minimum Requirements:
* iPad
* iOS Version 5.0
* 23.6 MB

Boogie Bugs Mobile Minimum Requirements:
* iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, Ipod touch (3rd & 4th generation) and iPad
* iOS Version 4.3 or later
* 15.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Both Boogie Bugs and Boogie Bugs Mobile are priced at $.99. Boogie Bugs Mobile will be free for one day only on Friday, November 25th as part of the App Friday Event hosted by Moms With Apps.

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Jill Pestka and Zeladrijn Music are dedicated to making fun educational apps for kids, are parents themselves and have over 15 years experience in education. All Rights Reserved. iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Copyright (C) 2011 Jill Pestka and Zeladrijn Music. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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