App of the Week :: Achoo Gaboo

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      Achoo Gaboo is a wonderful interactive children's story that was "crafted by a small team of dreamers at Pixure Book Publishing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania," says their intro on the Grown Ups section.  I love seeing authors and developers put their heart and soul into a children's storybook app!  And in Achoo Gaboo storybook app geared towards children 2-5 years of age, the star of this sweet tale is a blue elephant named Gaboo who will engage and entertain your kids! Created by Josie Cellone, illustrated by Timothy Banks (Wilkinson Studios) and built in Unity, Achoo Gaboo features an original soundtrack and humorous sound effects to entertain and engage early readers who are learning word association. Every time Gaboo achoos, kids can pop the rainbow bubbles that trumpet from his trunk and tickle his monkey friends who giggle "bless you." Readers … [Read more...]

App of the Week: 10 Fingers for 10 Digits

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When my son saw the number blocks that came in mail he was very excited to try them out with this app. He was able to figure out how the blocks worked with the app quicker than I was. In the picture above the number blocks help with identifying numbers. So you put the number 4 block on your iPad and it shows 4 ladybugs in this case as well as saying 4.     In the above picture it shows how you can still use the app without having the number blocks. So the child put 2 fingers on one side and 3 fingers on the other side to practice addition. I find this section to be very useful for my son as he will be starting to learn about math soon at school.   In the picture above the number blocks help with identifying numbers as well. So when you put 8 fingers on your iPad and it shows the number 8 as well as saying 8. I look forward to using this app with my … [Read more...]

Giveaway for Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings

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      Trolley games, sing-alongs, and more! PBS KIDS announced this week a brand new app from the popular show DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, called Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings.  We are big fans of Daniel Tiger's Neighboorhood and watched it quite a bit when my daughter was in preschool. Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings is geared towards kids ages 2-5 and is available on iPad. The app is designed to empower kids to identify and express their wide and complex range of emotions. The four socio-emotional activities in the app offer kids a variety of interactive ways to accomplish this.     Features include: Trolley Game – Drive the trolley to discover more than a dozen mini-games about feelings. Sing-Along – Choose from 18 of your favorite Daniel Tiger songs, each one fully animated. Drawing Easel – Use paints, crayons, … [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 :: Tickety Toc Bubble Time by Cupcake Digital

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    My daughter and I have really enjoyed reviewing Cupcake Digitals latest storybook apps.  One of our favorites is the new Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock Game Day and we really enjoyed reviewing their latest Tickety Toc Bubble Time which features twins Tommy and Tallulah from the hit TV show Tickety Toc.  They live in a very special clock and love to have Tickety Toc adventures.  There is a Grown Up's Corner that provides some questions that you can go over with your children after the story such as "What did Tommy and Tallulah decide to do with McCoggin's bubble mixture?"  The Grown-Up's Corner supports ELA (English Language Arts) exploration of the story elements in which children are prompted to think and respond to questions asked about the story and characters.  They also offer Chime Time which supports math learning as children can practice telling time to the … [Read more...]

Disney’s Jake & the Never Land Shapes and Patterns Giveaway

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  I think Penelope and Jake need to be friends!  Jake and the Never Land Shapes and Patterns is a new app by Disney Publishing and invites all pirate-loving kids on a fun and educational adventure.  They will learn about shapes and pattern identification and have fun while learning these important skills.  There are three leveled curriculum activities that help keep them engaged while they learn about matching shapes, complete patterns and even trace their way to treasure with Lighty.  Argh!  Treasure!  They have to be quick as Captain Hook is on their trail so they are encouraged to complete the tasks quickly.     We enjoyed each of the interactive activities.  Jake and the Never Land Pirates is a cute crew and will keep your kids entertained while they read a new pirate story featuring their favorite pirates!  Designed for kids ages 4 and up, Jake's Never … [Read more...]

App of the Week: Twinkle, Twinkle, Nighty Night

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  The other day I was driving my daughter to school and she was playing with the iPad in the car.  She immediately chose to play with this new app I am reviewing today called Twinkle, Twinkle, Nighty Night by Alexis H. Purcell.  I can see why as you can't help but be drawn in by the soothing music and cute illustrations.  This is the perfect story before nap time or bedtime.  The first page of the story provides you with a choice between having the story read to you or reading it to yourself.  This is a great feature for early readers to practice their reading skills.  You can also choose to have the music on or off.  Again, the music is ideal for this type of bedtime storybook!     The animations are simple such as when you touch the owl and her babies, they hoot (or coo is more like it) and blink open and shut their eyes.  As you turn the pages, it sounds … [Read more...]