App of the Week :: The Snow Queen

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    The Snow Queen by Pony Apps is a beautifully illustrated storybook app.  Snow Queen is the first story released of a series that is currently in production. These apps are storybook apps designed for parents to read to their kids. They feature interactive visuals, games and puzzles to accompany the story. The app is available in Russian and English and you have the option to turn off or on the narration and sound.  The story begins and we see a wicked goblin standing in front of a mirror.  But this was not any ordinary mirror - he created a mirror with evil powers. Whatever it touched it minimized the good in it and things that were bad became even worse.  When you touch the mirror it turns into several scary faces. I think kids who enjoy scarier stories would enjoy this storybook app. It reminds me of the stories we were told as kids - they tended to be a bit … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: Let’s Paint Dinosaurs by Dotnamestudios

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  Since I was a kid I have been fascinated by dinosaurs.  I mean really, these huge beasts walked our lands!  We do still have some dinosaurs left today but much smaller than say the T-Rex or my all-time favorite Stegosaurus.  Great white sharks, alligators and sea turtles have been around for a long time.  There isn't anything quite like the black eyes of a Great White is there?!  Last year we had the chance to review Dinosaur Zoo and I was so impressed with how life-like the dinosaurs are in the app.  They make great sounds and move just like what you image these beasts would have been like back in the day.  Dotnamestudios, creator of the acclaimed Dinosaur Zoo app (Educational App of the Year 2011, 2012 and featured on Apple's 2013 "Together" commercial) now brings you more high-end CG dinosaur fun with their new release, Let’s Paint Dinosaurs. This is the perfect app for … [Read more...]

PBS Kids Launches Super Vision That Makes The Most of Screen Time

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    PBS KIDS launched a new revolutionary app designed specifically for parents that will give them the “super power” to engage with their kids in the digital medium as never before: PBS KIDS Super Vision.  Some of the PBS Kids shows we have enjoyed over the year include Sesame Street, Word Girl and Dinosaur Train to name just a few.  We do love Wild Kratts and it is fun for me as I usually am learning right along with my daughter about sea and animal life.  Lately, my daughter has been requesting the iPad before bedtime as opposed to watching a show for a few minutes to wind down before bed.  I have a problem with this because we tend to let her play on it longer than I would like and would prefer more educational programming than Minecraft games which is what she is obsessed with at the moment.    But now, with the release of PBS Kids Super Vision, I am able to put … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: WILD KRATTS World Adventure by PBS Kids

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      This week, PBS KIDS announced a brand new app called WILD KRATTS World Adventure. A must have-app for fans of the popular PBS KIDS series, WILD KRATTS, World Adventure brings animal science to life! Through 30 levels of game play, WILD KRATTS World Adventure helps build key skills and encourages science inquiry. With the app, children ages 4 to 8 can tilt and tap their way through games that help them learn how different animals live and adapt to their habitats.  My daughter liked playing the woodpecker game where she had to keep pecking at the tree to get at the bug.  Once she got the bug, she received points and moved up levels.  The whole time she is competing against an actual woodpecker on the other side of the tree and it is a race to see who will get to the bug first. Next game we played was the Dolphin Trash Collector where she played a … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: Duckie Deck Family Photo

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      App Developer Duckie Deck released a really fun app this month called Family Photo. Duckie Deck's Family Photo enables you and your child to create your own set of colorful, expressive characters and bring them together for a group photo. They designed this app with toddlers in mind and the app is easy to use and engaging for young minds. With the help of Family Photo, children can capture a personalized impression of their family and friends and show their appreciation for those special relationships.  Though my daughter is in first grade, she had fun as well creating some fun "family" portraits with me.   Family Fun: As I said my daughter and I created some pretty silly looking family members.  My dad had a moustache for as long as I can remember so we had fun creating different looks with the different moustache options available to … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: Jerry’s Day Out! by Ink Robin

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  Since app developer Ink Robin came on the scene last year, I have been a big fan of theirs.  Some of my all-time favorite storybook apps were developed by Ink Robin. If you haven't checked out my review of Piccadilly's Circus or The Hippo, The Rhino, The Elephant... And Me - you really should.  Both stories are wonderful and the illustrations in Piccadilly's Circus are dreamy (and it is quite funny).  Ink Robin just released Jerry's Day Out and it is filled with photographs around New York that the developers took themselves.  There is a really cute map that shows you all the main hot spots in New York such as the East Village, Greenwich Village, Chelse and Soho.  Then of course you have Upper West and East Side where we find the picture of the boy - so that must be where he lives.  At any time, you can go back to the map to take a new adventure for in each city is picture of a … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: VeggieTales It’s a Very Merry Larry Christmas

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  A couple years ago my daughter and went to the movie theater with some of her preschool buddies to see the VeggieTales Pirate movie and since then we have been a fan of this fun crew!  Cupcake Digital released VeggieTales It's a Very Merry Larry Christmas last month in time for the holidays.  This is such a fun app anytime of year!  The opening scene takes us to Larry the cucumber singing and asking us: "Do you like to talk with vegetables and walk down the produce aisle - then they have a show for us!".  VeggieTales... VeggieTales... is the chorus and you find yourself singing along with them.  When you touch the green arrow you are taken to elf Larry in front of the Spring Valley Mall where he is working as head elf.  It is has been a busy season for him and he wants to know if we can help him.  He reminds us that Christmas is a time for giving after … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: Yo Gabba Gabba! Party in My Tummy

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  We are big fans of Yo Gabba Gabba so I am super excited to review their new app by Cupcake Digital and share it with you all!  We love to watch this show and have had more than a couple dance parties in our living room dancing to the great bands and catchy songs that are featured on the show. In fact, we saw one of our favorite bands, MGMT, for the first time on Yo Gabba Gabba!   And one of our favorite songs to dance and sing along to is There's a Party in My Tummy.  If you haven't check it out yet - you must!  You can't help but smile every time you see DJ Lance Rock the Yo Gabba Gabba! crew.  One year I tried to convince my husband to go as DJ Lance for Halloween but with no success.  Something about wearing a skin-tight orange track suit threw him off.  But I deter, the Yo Gabba Gabba! Party in My Tummy app by Cupcake Digital is as fun as the … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: Strawberry Shortcake Berryfest Princess

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  New York based app developer Cupcake Digital has recently released Strawberry Princess featuring one of our favorite redheads - Strawberry Shortcake!  My niece dressed up as Strawberry Shortcake one year and looked adorable!  What's not to love about this cute character.  The first page opens up and you have a choice between reading the story (or have it read to you), have a little Tea Party, Play Croquet or Color in some pages from the story.   There is also a section where you can practice your spelling.     We started with the story and we are told that Berry Bitty City (too cute) was buzzing with excitement for the Berryfest Ball and that this year there would be a special surprise... whoever found the hidden Berry Crown would be the princess!  There are some cute animations like when you touch the little strawberries holding strawberry balloons (of … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: Felt Board by Software Smoothie

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    My daughter and I were excited to review Felt Board by Software Smoothie because we both love to play around with the felt board I purchased for her a couple years ago.  It came with several different backgrounds and characters and we would make up stories about the characters.  So when we were asked to review Felt Board we both were intrigued!  The first page opens up and you can select different backgrounds.  There is one with a rainbow in the background, one with mountains, a river and even a farm.  You have over 35 backgrounds to play around with!  There is even a pirate ship,  so of course we started with that one first. One of the things I like about the graphics is the boards really do give you the feeling you are touching a real felt board - the texture is absolutely the same as you can in the image above. You then you get to choose which person you want in … [Read more...]