4.5 stars – excellent apps

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Summary
Mighty Colossus Storybook is a powerful, yet flexible system for creating digital storybooks using built-in characters, backgrounds, and props, or user-generated artwork, pictures, and other content.
4.8

App Info

Price: $3.99
AppStore User Rating: 5
Download on the App Store

Overview

Mighty Colossus Storybook is a digital book production app that allows users to create ebooks using provided characters and original text as well as imported photos and drawings. The books can be saved to a variety of formats, and exported or shared in a number of ways.

Features include:

  • Select from a variety of backgrounds and props, or provide your own
  • Change characters’ facial features, poses, colors, and more
  • Choose text fonts, colors, sizes and positions
  • Use an intuitive user interface to create and edit books
  • Share in a wide array of formats

Quality

Mighty Colossus Storybook is a high-quality app that offers users a seamless experience of creating, sharing, and reading digital storybooks. Developers have worked hard to build a powerful platform to satisfy nearly every creative urge while keeping the interface simple enough for all ability and technical levels. They included clear help options and a comprehensive tutorial to assist beginning users. Books can be saved, shared digitally in a variety of formats, or exported as PDF or PNG files for printing.

Education

This app does a great job of removing technical barriers from the process of creating digital storybooks. It is powerful, yet simple to use. Users can choose from an array of provided characters with editable poses and features, or they can import their own photos or drawings. There are objects and props to add detail to the story, as well as seven provided backdrops for each page. Users can add text in speech bubbles or directly onto the pages, controlling fonts, colors, and sizes. There are three starter books provided, with option to add to each story to finish it, as well as the tutorial book that explains how to use the app’s features.

Book creation has a wealth of educational value. It nurtures creativity and self-esteem, provides practical and hands-on experience with design and language, and promotes self-expression and language skills. This app is so easy to use that it will complement nearly any educational setting as well as provide hours of fun to families. It could even inspire some authors to share stories to a wider audience.

Entertainment

While this app is not really intended for entertainment, users will have fun creating and sharing their own stories. The embedded creatures and characters are whimsical and fun, and the provided props are quite creative. Best of all, users can import their own artwork or photographs as backgrounds, props or characters, leading to an array of possibilities. Mighty Colossus Storybook will encourage creativity, which is nearly always fun for all.

Value

This app is a fine value at $3.99 in the App Store. Most children will adore the opportunity to be creative and share their books with family and friends. The app is powerful and flexible, and can grow with the user. This one’s a keeper!

Child Friendliness

This is perhaps the only drawback to this app. While developers have taken pains to avoid third party advertising and tempting purchases, the app does have unprotected links to email and the main website. It would be much better if these could be protected from children who are too young or whose parents do not want them to have access to such things.

  • NO in-app purchase
  • NO third-party advertising
  • YES external links, email link, all easily accessible

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MyTeeth All Inclusive

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Summary
Help kids learn to brush their teeth with the interactive timers and how-to resources in MyTeeth.
4.4

App Info

Price: $1.99
AppStore User Rating: 5
Download on the App Store

Overview

Parents looking for a tooth brushing timer for their kids may have found the answer in MyTeeth. This interactive tooth brushing timer allows kids to choose from four different characters that show them how to brush their teeth. Included in the app is also a wealth of information for parents about brushing techniques. This app is designed to motivate kids to brush their teeth and ensure they brush them properly.

Features include:

  • Four different characters
  • Customizable settings
  • Information about toothbrushing
  • Tooth brushing timer for kids

Quality

When kids first open the app, they’re shown a basic home screen. The screen features the four main characters. A small info icon takes users to some information about the app’s developers. The How & Why button takes parents to an overview of the tooth brushing process. There’s also a share button at the bottom of the screen that is protected by a parental lock. Within the actual timer, parents have the option to create separate settings for each character. These settings allow them to select the music kids hear and choose different elements of the brushing process. Those elements include toothbrush hand, order, brushing technique, and timing for each section (side teeth, middle teeth, chewing surface).

Education

MyTeeth is focused on helping parents and kids learn the right way to brush. In the “How & Why” section, parents will find information related to the basics of tooth brushing, different brushing techniques, and strategies to help kids brush their teeth. There are a few small typos in this section, but otherwise, the information is good. The interactive timer portion of the app is laid out in a way that is much more kid-friendly. The characters brush their teeth in the proper sequence (parents can choose a specific sequence for the character to follow) and a timer counts down the time, breaking each section up into smaller intervals to make it easier for kids to follow.

Entertainment

Kids can choose from four different characters to use while they brush their teeth: Lenia, Linus, Lisa, and an alien. Each character has a big smile and knows the proper brushing technique. As kids brush their teeth, they can imitate the character they chose. Kids can also listen to the in-app music or select a song that’s already on their device to make the process even more fun. Many kids will also enjoy watching the countdown timer.

Value

If you search for a tooth brush timer app, you’ll find plenty of different options. Many are free, while others have in-app purchases. Out of all of the toothbrush timer apps, MyTeeth is priced slightly higher. However, it is one of the only apps that comes with extensive how-to documents to help parents teach their kids how to brush their teeth. While you may be able to find this information for free online, you would have to look at multiple sources. You also wouldn’t have it organized as nicely as developers have organized it within the app.

Child Friendliness

On the info screen, kids can tap on links to developers’ Twitter profiles, e-mail addresses, and external websites. However, all links and any additional content not appropriate for children are protected by parental blocks. Most of the how-to content is written more for adults. However, it is all appropriate to be viewed and read by kids. The one big negative is that in some of the how-to documents, kids may see small ads for products related to oral hygiene.

  • NO more apps
  • YES 3rd party ads
  • YES social media (protected, but visible)
  • YES external links (protected, but visible)

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Summary
Lewis Dot CHEMISTRY is a handy reference tool to aid high school and early college students in understanding Lewis Dot diagrams and also to connect various traits of compounds to their structures.
4.8

App Info

Price: $1.99
AppStore User Rating: 5
Download on the App Store

Overview

Lewis Dot CHEMISTRY is a reference app designed to help chemistry students practice and review basic chemistry concepts, particularly those related to Lewis Dots. Students can look at specific compounds and see how the electrons and bonds are arrayed in Lewis Dot nomenclature, see basic information about the compound, an explanation of the compound and its traits, as well as review the rules for depicting compounds using Lewis Dots.

Features include:

  • Extensive (nearly 100) list of compounds referenced
  • Picture of the Lewis Dot structure for each molecule
  • List of the rules for Lewis Dot Chemistry
  • Handy periodic table
  • Explanation of the information contained on the Periodic Table

Quality

Lewis Dot CHEMISTRY is a high-quality app that is relatively intuitive to use. Developers have, however, tucked a lot of information into corners of the app, and users would benefit from a quick tutorial or at least a list of features to look for and how to access them.

Education

This app is a useful reference and practice tool for high school and early college chemistry students who are befuddled by Lewis Dots. Each of the nearly 100 compounds has a one page reference that shows the structure, indicates the charge, shows where bonds are, and more. The page lists statistics about the compound such as the molar mass, melting and boiling points, state at standard temperature and pressure, and more. There is a simple, step-by-step list of instructions for creating Lewis Dot diagrams for other compounds.

The app also includes a periodic table with all of the usual information about each element. A reference page about the periodic table includes basic and more advanced information about how to read the table and the information about groups of elements, reactivity, and more.

There are a few inconsistencies, however (noted by my resident professional chemist). The developers may want to consider adding more information about how to determine the charge for each molecule, as this might be unclear, especially to struggling students. Some compounds apparently do not show resonance as the developers indicated they should, and the geometry of some ionic compounds is shown in crystalline form instead of molecular form with no explanation about why this should be so.

Entertainment

This app is not intended for entertainment.

Value

For $1.99 in the App Store, Lewis Dot CHEMISTRY offers an inexpensive and handy reference tool. Students can surely find similar information available for free on the web, but this app balances its small investment with the convenience of not having to search each individual compound to determine its structure or to check many homework assignments.

Child Friendliness

This app is intended for high school students and older. There is a ratings pop up as well as a system to contact developers to submit Lewis Dot diagrams and information for compounds not yet included in their database.

  • NO social media
  • NO 3rd party ads
  • YES “rating” pop-up

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Summary
Bloom by Megalearn is a fun and entertaining way to learn about some important aspects of biology and plant life cycles, and activates some important higher-learning skills such as generalization and finding similarities and differences.
4.8

App Info

Price: $4.99
AppStore User Rating:
Download on the App Store

Overview

Bloom by Megalearn offers young children an interactive, animated look at how three types of plants reproduce and live their life cycles. Players choose the type of plant to explore, see how it grows and blooms, how the seeds form, how they spread from one area to another, and how new plants begin the cycle once more.

Features include:

  • Three types of plants to explore
  • Simple quizzes to test knowledge
  • Gorgeous artwork
  • Several types of interactive animations
  • Soothing background music

Quality

Bloom by Megalearn is a very high quality app. Developers did a great job of creating an engaging look at some basic facts of biology suitable for younger elementary children. The interface is simple and intuitive on each interaction, and the quizzes are self-correcting so there is no frustration. Every aspect of this app is perfect for the target age group.

Education

This app will truly speak to young elementary students by satisfying their curiosity at the same time as it engages them through varied by appropriate interactions on the screens. The focus of the app is on how plants spread their seeds. It uses three example plants: coconuts, dandelions, and raspberries to show how water, wind, and animals can help seeds to travel. Along the way, players get to help the process of growth and dispersion along by making the wind blow, the sun shine, and rain to fall from the clouds. At one point, they even control the movements of animals. The interactions are different, ranging from jiggling items to tap, horizontal sliders to move, and vertical sliders to manipulate. Some items are draggable, and others move by themselves. Each scene has something to explore, and most have multiple interactions.

The science being presented is perfect for the age group, as well. Young elementary students enjoy science that satisfies their hunger for learning with practical information about the world around them. The hands-on and interactive nature of this app are really good vehicles for this type of learning.

Entertainment

Bloom is an entertaining app. It almost grabs participants and drags them along on the journeys that the plants and seeds take because of its interactive nature. Each of the three plant sequences is different enough that they will hold children’s interest, yet similar enough that they will be able to see important commonalities and make generalizations.

Value

At $4.99, this app is somewhat pricy, though. Most children will not return to it again and again as a favorite, because there will be no new surprises or information waiting for them. It takes about five or ten minutes to go all the way through the app’s content, and the interactions, while engaging, are not fun enough to bring children back again and again on their own. In other words, it’s a very high-quality app, but is likely to have little staying power in a child’s collection. Teachers of young children, however, that could use it with a steady supply of new players are going to love it.

Child Friendliness

This app is very child friendly, with no possible way to connect to the internet and no other hidden hazards for little fingers to find.

  • NO external links
  • NO social media
  • NO 3rd party ads
  • NO in-app purchase

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Spooky Hollow - Interactive Children's Book

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Education
Entertainment
Value
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Summary
Discover why all of the pumpkins are different colors in Spooky Hollow, a cute animated story for Halloween.
4.5

App Info

Price: Free
AppStore User Rating:
Download on the App Store

Overview

Spooky Hollow is a cute story about a skeleton who grows pumpkins that end of being all different colors instead of orange. As kids read through the interactive story, they’ll be anxious to find out what the skeleton will do with all of those colorful pumpkins. The ending of the story may surprise them.

Features include:

  • Halloween-themed story
  • Animated illustrations
  • Narrated text
  • Auto-read option

Quality

When kids open the app, they’re shown a bookshelf which features the cover of the story and an icon labeled “Games.” A small information icon allows kids to turn on/off Auto Read Mode and enable/disable Graphics Lite Mode, a nice feature that reduces the amount of heavy animations to prevent the app from crashing, particularly on older devices. The narration in the story is clear and everything runs smoothly. It’s easy for kids to navigate through the story and tap on the illustrations to enjoy the animation.

Education

The theme-based story is narrated and easy for kids to follow along with. The story itself incorporates a nice problem/solution format that will engage kids and help build their reading comprehension skills. It works as a Halloween-themed story or a fun story to use while teaching suspense during the school year.

Entertainment

The story features very likable characters, an engaging storyline, and colorful and interactive illustrations for kids. Kids will enjoy reading through the story and tapping on the illustrations to see what happens. They’ll also enjoy the suspense that comes from wondering what the skeleton will do will all of the colored pumpkins. Will he be able to make them orange again or will he find the perfect use for them? The only downside to the app is that the games are included in a separate app.

Value

The app is free to download and allows kids to read the first few pages for free. After that, they’re prompted to purchase the full story to continue. The story is priced comparably to other interactive narrated books for kids. However, unlike similar apps, no games are included with the story. Instead, they must be purchased and downloaded separately.

Child Friendliness

Once kids read the first few pages of the story, they’re given the option to purchase the full story to find out what happens. On the main screen, kids are also shown an icon for games which (beyond the parental block) takes them to the App Store to purchase a pumpkin flinging game.

  • NO social media
  • NO 3rd party ads
  • YES in-app purchases (protected, but visible)
  • YES more apps (protected, but visible)

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Summary
EduGuru 3-5 Maths is a fun and entertaining way for preschoolers and young school-aged children to practice crucial math skills such as counting, number recognition, geometry, relative sizes, and more.
4.9

App Info

Price: $1.99
AppStore User Rating:
Download on the App Store

Overview

EduGuru 3-5 Maths offers eight simple games to support the development of math concepts in preschoolers, including counting, shapes, time, money, simple computation, and more.

Features include:

  • Supports the UK National Curriculum
  • Intuitive interface
  • Keeps records for multiple users
  • Colorful, engaging graphics

Quality

EduGuru 3-5 Maths is a high quality app that works exactly as expected. It’s responsive and entertaining for preschoolers. Most of the games operate on a drag-and-drop or a tapping interface, which will be easy for children in the target age group to learn, yet there is an array of tasks that accomplish the goals so things won’t become boring. The parents area contains good information about what skills are covered in each game and also explains some about why these skills are important.

Education

This app provides a nice, well-rounded foundation for practicing a number of crucial math skills with preschoolers. Hands-on learning is very important in this age and stage, and apps such as this are one way of helping kids learn.

The app includes 8 games that cover skills in counting, number recognition, number sense, concepts of relative size, simple computation, time, money, geometry and more. Each of the games is centered around a kid-pleasing theme, such as outer space, farms, and pirates. The first and easiest level of each game is available when the game is first used, then additional levels are unlocked as players achieve prerequisite scores, which helps the game adapt quickly to a child’s age and ability.

American parents should be aware, however, that this game is from Great Britain, and while it includes a nice section on coins and money, the currency being used is the Pound, not the American Dollar. This is not likely to be too practical for children in this country! The rest of the app, however, more than makes up for the minor shortfall in the money section.

Entertainment

Developers did a good job of choosing themes for the games offered in this app. Each one seems to be more of a kid-pleaser than the last! It’s easy to switch between the Meadow, the Solar System, the Pirates, and the Fishing Hole, as well as a few other popular themes besides. The games are all easy to play, and players earn special badges for completed levels and accurate work.

Value

This app is a good value at $1.99 in the App Store. Kids will be able to play for quite a while as they progress through the levels in each topic. They will even get some beginning instruction in more challenging skills, such as multiplication and division. With all of the topics and levels available, this app will have a good long useful life.

Child Friendliness

This app is very child friendly. Young children could, however, find their way to the page that shows apps that developers are planning to launch in the App Store at a later date. There are currently no active links on this page, but it would be wise to monitor the situation. The recommendation would be for developers to protect this area with a parent gate if the links are to made live at a later date.

  • Parent area (unprotected, but no external links)
  • NO external links
  • NO social media
  • NO 3rd party ads
  • NO in-app purchase
  • YES “more apps” (not yet live but visible)

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Summary
Caroline's Camera is a highly entertaining app for kids that uses creative rhythms, music, and camera play to create hours of fun. Easy to use and great for children of all ages, this is one app that both parents and kids will love.
4.5

App Info

Price: Free
AppStore User Rating: 5
Download on the App Store

Overview

Caroline’s Camera is a fun app for kids that uses creative rhythms and music to challenge players to take pictures on cue. With loads of challenging levels, a free play mode, and lots of rewards to win in order to upgrade your virtual camera, this app is one both parents and kids will enjoy. It’s fun, interactive and quite the challenge!

Features include:

  • Easy to use
  • Increasing difficulty
  • Creative rhythms & music

Quality

The quality of Caroline’s Camera is incredible. With crystal clear illustrations, fun music and rhythms this app is great for kids who love musical apps. The user interface is easy to use as the developers have included practice options for new challenges and rhythms so players better understand how to play. They have also included a great way for players to receive feedback via a color system at the top of the screen that tells players if they snapped the picture at the perfect time, too fast, or too slow. Overall the developers have done an excellent job.

Education

One of the great things about this app is that it teaches children a bit about patterns and rhythm. It also helps players use not only their vision, but also their hearing to see and hear the rhythm as they play. The best part is that this app doesn’t come off as your typical education app as children are simply playing and learning along the way. While it may not teach traditional subjects, this app gives kids a bit more creative play as they learn.

Entertainment

The thing I love most about Caroline’s Camera is how entertaining it is! The basic premise is to follow the rhythm outlined and to snap a picture at the right moment based on the rhythm. Seems easy, until there are multiple different rhythms to follow and catch with multiple people included. It’s a game that is partially about reaction time, rhythm, and focus which is great for kids. The increasing difficulty levels make for even more challenging play.

There is also a reward system that allows players to earn coins that they can use to upgrade their camera and other equipment to take better pictures. The developers have also included a free play option that allows children to follow various patterns outside the structured challenges. And if that weren’t enough there are various locations including the forest, lake, and water environments for more play time. Truth be told, this app offers hours of challenging entertainment.

Value

Parents will be happy to know that this app is completely free which might be hard to believe with all that is included. The developers have really gone above and beyond the call of duty with all that this app has to offer and at no cost at all!

Child Friendliness

Not only is Caroline’s Camera a fun app for kids to play, it’s fairly easy too! The user interface is designed for little ones to get a bit of practice prior to diving into the more advanced challenges which is great. The increasing difficulty is also a fun way for children to test themselves and their skills in a fun environment.

While this app has everything you might want in a free app, it also has a few unprotected links and advertisements that are open for children. There aren’t a ton of unprotected links and advertisements and they are pretty deeply embedded and hidden in the app, they really don’t belong in a kids app, even if it’s free. For some parents that might be a deal breaker for this app, which is too bad because it really is a great app to play.

  • NO social media
  • NO in-app purchases
  • YES third-party ads
  • YES external links
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    Child-Friendly
    Summary
    The free version of Highlights Shapes-Preschool Learning Puzzles does a good job of offering practice for toddlers and preschoolers to match, sort, and categorize 4 types of shapes and colors as they solve puzzles by sliding the correct shapes into the matching areas on the screen.
    4.8

    App Info

    Price: Free
    AppStore User Rating: 5
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Highlights Shapes-Preschool Learning Puzzles offers toddlers and preschoolers a chance to practice matching shapes, colors, and sizes by dragging colored shapes to outlined sections of the screen. The app is virtually wordless, except for the narrator naming the attributes of each object when it is correctly placed.

    Features include:

    • Intuitive to use
    • Develops sorting, categorization, and other readiness skills
    • Incorporates fine motor skills
    • Provides a safe, ad-free environment
    • Improves matching skills

    Quality

    Highlights Shapes is a very high quality app that is easy to use for even the youngest toddler. Developers did a fine job of focusing just on the tasks at hand, and of scaffolding more difficult tasks by presenting plenty of practice on easier skills first. Players will easily be able to understand the tasks and to accomplish them in the no-fail environment. There is a parent section that explains some of the importance of the skills addressed.

    Education

    Toddlers and preschoolers typically are very interested in colors and shapes, and learning to match, sort, categorize, and identify these are very important pre-reading tasks that all young children need to master. This app will help even the youngest players get started on these reading readiness skills. Children need to learn to manage skills such as sorting, matching, and categorizing before they can learn to distinguish letters and words with slight differences, such as b and d, or cat and can.

    This app uses a no-fail system, where an incorrect shape (or color) cannot be accidentally dropped into the bay reserved for another item. This means that children must place the shapes correctly, or they will return to their original position. There is absolutely no chance of confusion because of the way this app is set up to work.

    Entertainment

    Highlights Shapes is a very relaxing and soothing app to play. The quiet background music sets a mood of concentration without undue anxiety. The app has several sections in the first level (the part that is available for free), with variations in scenery and focus, which will help children to maintain their interest. Developers mention a “story” being told in the app, but I’m having trouble seeing it. It might be good, if that is the intention, to be a bit more obvious in the visual telling so children realize there is meaning to the pictures other than a change of scene.

    Value

    Hightlights Shapes is free to try on the App Store. The free version includes level one of the game, which goes over four shapes and a few colors. When level 1 is completed, users have the opportunity to purchase 2 additional levels, bringing the total to 11 shapes and 11 colors. Users can also repeat level 1 as desired.

    Child Friendliness

    Highlights Shapes is very child-friendly, with effective parent gates on all links and adult areas. However, the in-app purchase that becomes available following completion of level 1 is put on the screen as soon as level 1 is finished. There is also a “more apps” link visible on the home screen that children could click into, but that they cannot access due to the gate.

    • Protected parent area (contains external links, ratings, & social media)
    • NO 3rd party ads
    • YES in-app purchase (protected, but visible)
    • YES “more apps” (protected, but visible)

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    Artie's Magic Pencil

    Quality
    Education
    Entertainment
    Value
    Child Friendly
    Summary
    Go on a drawing adventure with Artie and his magic pencil in an app designed to help kids learn to draw basic shapes.
    4.6

    App Info

    Price: $2.99
    AppStore User Rating:
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Artie’s off on an adventure with his magic pencil. Just like in the classic story Harold and the Purple Crayon, when Artie gets in trouble or needs to help others, he calls upon the powers of his magic pencil and draws a solution. From trees and houses, to dogs to live in a dog house, Artie draws the world around him. He does so while following after a destructive dinosaur, which adds a bit of mystery to the app and presents an fun story for kids to follow.

    Features include:

    • Multiple levels
    • Positive reinforcement
    • Puzzle pieces to collect
    • Individual letter sounds

    Quality

    Most of the instructions found in the app are non-verbal. Light bulbs pop up next to Artie’s head or the heads of other characters in the story when there’s a drawing activity for kids to complete. Kids will find it fairly easy to move within the app and to help Artie travel throughout his world. When it comes time to draw the shapes, they may experience a bit of frustration, because the app requires them to draw lines that hit certain points on a shape. It’s okay if their lines aren’t straight, the app will straighten them, but kids must make sure their lines are long enough.

    Education

    Artie’s Magic Pencil offers two educational components. First, it teaches kids how to draw basic shapes and introduces them to the type of basic shapes that make up common objects. This is done by having kids create objects in Artie’s world. For example, one of the first tasks kids create is a butterfly, which is done by making two connected triangles. Kids also make other items, such as trees, buildings, and dogs. For each item kids make, the app has kids trace the item, shape by shape, and then shows them the final project.

    In addition to presenting an art lesson, the app includes a story for kids to follow. A dinosaur stomps around Artie’s world and destroys things in his path. As Artie repairs different items in his world, with the help of his magic pencil, the app reminds kids that the dinosaur is still on the loose, drawing their attention back to the story.

    Entertainment

    There are a few elements of this app designed to entertain kids. First, kids are encouraged to keep playing through to the end of the app with the appearance of the destructive dinosaur. They’re constantly reminded that the dinosaur is somewhere ahead of Artie and encouraged to follow him. As kids help Artie complete activities, they’re also rewarded with pieces of a heart. The app only focuses on three basic shapes, so kids might get a bit bored at times, but the promise of filling the heart and getting to the dinosaur at the end is likely enough to keep them going or keep them returning to the app, although they might not play it again once they’ve reached the end.

    Value

    In the app, kids will find access to 15 drawing activities and the embedded adventure story. For kids who need help with fine motor skills or who need to learn how to draw basic shapes, this app offers a different way to do it.

    Child Friendliness

    A protected parent area provides parents with information on how to play the game and the developer itself, as well as links to social media and the developer’s website. On the main page, kids will see rate us and more apps icons, but access to these sections is protected by a parental lock.

    • Protected parent area
    • NO social media
    • NO 3rd party ads
    • NO in-app purchase
    • YES more apps (protected, but visible)
    • YES rate us (protected, but visible)

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    Education
    Value
    Child Friendly
    Summary
    ScreenGuide is a great app for parents and teachers that allows them to monitor and control kids' screen time. Perfect for use at home and in the classroom.
    4.9

    App Info

    Price: Free
    AppStore User Rating: 5
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    ScreenGuide is a parental control app that allows parents to monitor and control their child’s screen time remotely. With the ability to customize restrictions such as screen time, bed time hours, time out, and block certain apps, this app is great for parents and teachers who are looking for ways to create a monitored learning environment for children.

    Features include:

    • Customized restriction settings
    • Bedtime
    • Time out

    Quality

    ScreenGuide is a high quality parental app that allows parents to monitor their children’s screen time. The concept is pretty straight forward and allows parents to set up the app on their device so they can set up specific restrictions for their child’s device. By using specific settings for bedtime, time out, and the ability to hide specific apps and features on the child’s device, this app is easy for parents to set up.

    Education

    While this isn’t exactly an educational app since it is a parent’s app, it is one that allows parents to stay up to date with what their children are doing on their own devices. By being able to monitor their child’s activities and customize the applications they can use on their device, they are able to help keep their children safe and focused on the apps they want their children playing. This is also a great app for teachers to use in the classroom as it allows teachers to limit and monitor screen time for students.

    Entertainment

    Not rated for Entertainment.

    Value

    The best part about ScreenGuide is that parents and teachers can try it for free and check out all the great features before committing to the premium version that is just under three dollars. By signing up for a profile, parents and teachers can monitor multiple devices for children in one place which makes this app a great value. When you consider all that you can do with the ability to analyze the app usage, remove in-app purchases, set bedtime, and the time out feature, this app is one all parents will want.

    Child Friendliness

    This isn’t the kind of app that is likely going to be used by children. It is designed for parents to use and monitor on their child’s device so children aren’t likely going to be using the app and it’s features.

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    Summary
    Jurassic GO-Dinosaur Snap Adventures is a fun game where users seek out fanciful dinosaurs in their natural habitats, photograph them, and can get the best pictures hung in the museum they build and operate. The game offers a lot of ways to earn points, unlock levels and other perks and generally advance quickly.
    4.5

    App Info

    Price: $3.99
    AppStore User Rating: 5
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Jurassic GO-Dinosaur Snap Adventures puts users in charge of taking photos of unusual dinosaur specimens and using them to fill a museum that attracts visitors from all over. Take trips into different settings to find the fanciful creatures, test your reactions as you try to capture the very best photographs, and then submit them to the Captain to see if they pass muster to display in the museum. Along the way, users can earn points to use to open new worlds, add to the museum and much, much more.

    Features include:

    • Dozens of dinosaurs to photograph
    • Four Worlds with loads of adventure to unlock
    • Build a museum
    • Get your photos evaluated by the Captain
    • Hours of relaxing game play

    Quality

    Jurassic GO is a very high-quality app. There is a walkthrough with printed documentation explaining each new feature as it is unlocked, vivid animation, and a touch-sensitive “camera” that will challenge observation and reflex skills to snap great photos of each make-believe dinosaur. Developers should consider including a parents’ guide, though, so that mentors could more effectively guide young users towards success-it took me quite a bit of trial and error to figure out what was going on and how to use the app.

    Education

    This app is not really intended to be educational.

    Entertainment

    Jurassic GO is highly entertaining and addictive! The more a user plays and becomes involved, the better the game play becomes. Players are invited to explore several different “worlds” in search of elusive dinosaurs to photograph and display in their museum. The dinos are cute and animated, and all very different. Some are sneaky, fast and require fast photography reflexes, while others are slower and take their time waddling around. That makes them much easier to photograph. Nearly every trip will yield at least one or two sightings and hopefully pictures. Once the trip is through, users can show their pictures off to the Captain, who evaluates each for several criteria. Points are awarded for positioning, size, and angle, and if a shot is perfect, it can go in the museum. Medium quality shots are “sold as postcards” as well to help players move forward in the game. Points earn opportunities to get new equipment, expand the museum, and unlock new worlds.

    Value

    Jurassic GO-Dinosaur Snap Adventures costs $3.99 in the App Store, which is a good value, especially if your child enjoys seek and find games, dinosaurs, or any type of game that unlocks privileges for points earned. It’s pricey enough, though, that it would be nice to have a trial version of some sort so families could decide if the game is right for them before they invest.

    Child Friendliness

    This app has unprotected links to ratings, emails, and the open internet.

    • NO 3rd party ads
    • NO in-app purchase
    • YES unprotected access to the internet
    • YES unprotected email and ratings systems

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    Summary
    Blimp Code is a computer programming puzzle that will challenge reading comprehension, memory, and logic skills as players follow along with tutorials and hints, and then attempt to solve the puzzles to save the world.
    4.6

    App Info

    Price: Free
    AppStore User Rating:
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Blimp Code presents computer coding and logic puzzles based on the backdrop of a futuristic story about saving the planet from ecological disaster. The app has 15 puzzles arranged in order of increasing difficulty, with helpful tutorials and hints to move players along and help them develop skills.

    Features include:

    • Clear tutorials
    • Hints for players
    • Capability to save game progress
    • Settings to control background music and similar features

    Quality

    Blimp Code is a very high quality app that works reliably and without glitches. The tutorials provided prior to starting level one are accessible throughout the game, and are very clear and succinct. Optional hints are provided within each level, as well.

    Education

    Blimp Code is a good tool for helping youth learn the basics of computer programming and develop logical thinking skills. Even if students are not planning a career in programming, learning about the logic of these languages promotes important thinking skills that can be useful in nearly every type of learning. In order to be successful at this game, players must attend to the tutorials and hints very carefully, then apply the information in the game. This exercises comprehension and memory skills, as well.

    Entertainment

    The app begins with a bit of a backstory about how mankind had polluted the world so badly that new creatures were engineered to clean the air. These hybrids between living things and computers got into trouble when sunspots disrupted their mechanisms, and the player’s job is to repair them and so save the world.

    The premise is cute, and the puzzles seem more relevant with the backstory. Some players, though, especially younger ones, are likely to lose interest after a few levels. The complexity increases fairly sharply, so it may be challenging for some to be successful.

    Value

    This app normally costs just under $3 in in the app store, which is very reasonably priced. If your child or teen enjoys computer programming or logic puzzles, then it will make a good addition to your collection. If your child is not into these things, or if he or she has never tried them, it might make more sense to find a programming game that is less expensive to be the first taste of the genre.

    Child Friendliness

    This app has an unprotected link to the internet leading to the developers’ website.

    • NO social media
    • NO 3rd party ads
    • NO in-app purchase
    • YES unprotected link to the internet

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    Summary
    Super Yoga Bedtime is the perfect app to help children wind down from the day and get relaxed and ready for bed. With a superhero theme, yoga practices, and calming guided visualizations, this app is great for children of all ages.
    4.8

    App Info

    Price: $2.99
    AppStore User Rating:
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Yoga and meditation are great for helping people wind down from a long day and Super Yoga Bedtime makes this practice easy for kids to follow and enjoy. This app is full of simple exercises that children can easily follow along with to calm their mind and bodies as they get ready for sweet slumber. The superhero theme also creates a playful feel for children and keeps them engaged enough to make this a nightly ritual so they gain the maximum results.

    Features include:

    • 3 Yoga practices
    • 5 Guided visualizations
    • 2 Breathing practices

    Quality

    Super Yoga Bedtime is an exceptionally well-done app with beautifully calming background music and professional narration throughout. The images are high quality and they create a playful feel with the superhero theme that children will love. The developers have also done a nice job with the user interface making it easy for children to move through the app with ease and without a ton of parent help.

    Education

    Not rated for education.

    Entertainment

    While this isn’t your typical entertainment app with games etc., it is one that children will begin looking forward to overtime. For some children winding down after a day full of activities can be difficult to do and this app is designed specifically in a way to keep children engaged as they relax for bedtime. The superhero theme is great for kids and allows them to earn specific badges the more they do their nightly practice. They can select from fun yoga sequences, relaxing guided visualizations, and calming breathing exercises to wind down each day. The more time they put in the more likely they will receive their specialized superhero badges.

    Value

    Priced at just under three dollars this app is a steal! With the gorgeous illustrations, calming music, and the relaxing exercises to use at bedtime, this app is one that parents and children alike are going to love. Bedtime can be a stressful time for parents and kids, but with this app it can evolve into a relaxing time of day and that makes it worth every penny and more!

    Child Friendliness

    As if Super Yoga Bedtime wasn’t good enough, the developers have made a commitment to keeping the app safe and easy to use for children of all ages. In addition to the simple to use interface, they have incorporated information buttons for each exercise so parents and children know what to expect. There is also a parent’s area that provides more information, however it is completely safe with no external links. One thing parents will want to know is that there is an option to sign up as a user for the app and to track your child’s progress. You don’t have to use that option as there is a guest button available, however it will not keep track of your child’s progress.

    • NO social media
    • NO external links
    • NO in-app purchase
    • NO 3rd party ads

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    Summary
    Planet Earth HD is an incredible educational app that has everything you would want to know about our fabulous planet. Educational, interactive, and great for children of all ages.
    4.5

    App Info

    Price: $2.99
    AppStore User Rating:
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Planet Earth HD is a comprehensive, interactive ebook that provides kids with tons of great information about planet Earth. With information on the continents, weather cycles, the solar system, and so much more, this ebook is incredibly well-rounded and allows children to learn and explore all there is to know about our wonderful planet.

    Features include:

    • Narration options (Read to me/Read to myself)
    • 20 Full-page illustrations
    • 200+ Interactive images

    Quality

    Planet Earth HD is full of incredible interactive images with crystal clear clarity that children are going to love as they follow along with the story. The developers have made it easy for children to move through the app with narration options and arrows at the bottom of each page to indicate how to move on. With simple tap and touch functioning, even young children can enjoy listening to the information as they explore the interactive images through out. Overall, this app is very well done.

    Education

    There is no doubt that Planet Earth HD is loaded with awesome information for children to learn. Perfect for use in the classroom, this app teaches children information about the continents, solar system, weather cycles, the ocean and so much more! Each page offers lots of great information to go along with the fabulous interactive images that add to the overall learning experience.

    While it does offer great info and images, the developers have not included text highlighting as part of the features which may make it difficult for young children to follow along. The other downside is that each page has so much text and information that it can be easy for little ones to get lost or overwhelmed. Separating the text a bit and adding text-highlighting would definitely help children move through the app with more ease so they can process the wonderful information.

    Entertainment

    Planet Earth HD comes equipped with over 200 interactive images that help bring the story to life. The sound effects also add to the overall experience which adds a bit of interest to the story. While the images are great, they aren’t all that engaging for little ones who may easily get bored. One thing that would definitely increase the entertainment value of the app is adding a few games or quizzes.

    Value

    Priced at just under three dollars this app is a steal! With all of the information included, parents and children are getting lots of great educational information along with fantastic interactive images for a price that won’t break the bank. Even without some of the extra bells and whistles, this app is a great value.

    Child Friendliness

    The developers have done a nice job overall keeping this app easy to use and safe too. With narration options and arrows at the bottom of each page to help children move through the story, kids will have no trouble playing with this app. The developers have also done a nice job making sure there are no external links, in-app purchases, or advertisements that might distract readers from the story.

    The only things that would make this app more child friendly and easier to use would be adding text-highlighting and spreading out the text on each page a bit more. Other than that, parents will be happy with what this app has to offer.

    • NO social media
    • NO external links
    • NO in-app purchase
    • NO 3rd party ads

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    Here’s our list of reviewed and recommended apps for 8th graders. Check out the math, science, and even personal health concepts! Challenge your upper middle school student with these great apps.

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    I’ve Got This-An Interactive Story

    I Got This: An Interactive Story walks users through a first-person account of a teen who developed type 2 diabetes in an interactive e-book format. The story is told graphic-novel style, with lots of opportunities for interaction. It provides a first-hand look at the illness, its causes and its management.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Khan Academy

    Khan Academy’s app opens the door to the Khan Academy library of instructional videos and practice activities for thousands of skills from early childhood through collegiate level. The activities are organized by grade and subject matter, and the search function will pull up specific skills based on keywords you type in.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    World of the Wild

    World of the Wild is a simulation game that allows players to participate in various ecology-based activities, including cleaning up oil spills, planting grass, trees and bushes, and rescuing endangered animals from various sorts of calamities. Each activity is interconnected, and earns points that can be used to complete other activities. Extra points can be purchased or earned by taking quizzes about conservation and the environment.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Space Agent

    Space Agent is a unique and challenging hands-on role playing game that deeply engages players in both mind and body. Players become space agents tasked with the challenge of hunting and capturing invading aliens bent on Earth’s destruction. The problem? The aliens are invisible and must be tracked by sound alone. Capturing aliens requires great hearing and outstanding coordination, not to mention stamina-the game will give players a great workout in many ways. The game does require headphones.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Action Graphing

    Action Graphing is a hands-on, kinesthetic way to explore concepts related to graphs of velocity. Students studying algebra, physics, and related high school topics can play games and work through several series of lessons about graphing.

    <Check it out on the App Store.

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    Zcooly Time Ranch

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    Summary
    Set the clock correctly to earn coins to purchase new animals with Zcooly Time Ranch.
    4.3

    App Info

    Price: $1.99
    AppStore User Rating:
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Down on the ranch, the farmer needs a helping hand. While he’s busy planting, there are still animals that need to be fed. Kids are invited to come help him out. To feed the animals, kids must set the correct time on the clock. The more clocks they set correctly, the more food and coins they earn. The end result is a fun game for kids that also helps them build their time-telling skills.

    Features include:

    • Digital and analog clocks
    • Fun farm theme
    • 10 different levels
    • Ability to earn coins to buy animals

    Quality

    When kids first open the app, they’re taken through a tutorial that introduces them to the different components of the app. Kids can also return to the tutorial at any time by tapping on the rancher’s icon. A settings section outlines what the various icons within the app mean and also helps kids navigate through the app if they feel confused, but they probably won’t. The app itself is fairly easy to navigate and, once kids start, they’ll be able to work their way through all ten levels without much of a problem. The one area where the app lacks in quality is the graphics. While generally clear, they move a bit slowly and lack a bit of the same polish that you’ll find from larger developers. This won’t prevent kids from playing the game though.

    Education

    Zcooly Time Ranch is, not surprisingly, an app designed to help kids learn to tell time. Kids can play the game using digital clocks, analog clocks, or a combination of both. Before kids start to play, they can practice setting the clock in the Practice section. There, they’re shown a clock and guided through the process of setting it to the correct time. When kids get into the actual game, they’re shown a clock and expected to set it themselves. As kids advance through the levels, the difficulty increases. For example, during the first few days, kids simply set the clock to a given time, but they’re quickly asked to set the clock to half past a specific time or two hours ahead of a particular time. Each individual sub-level tends to focus on one or two ways to set the clock. The app also uses slightly more advanced clock-setting language. For example, instead of saying it’s 12:45, the app will ask kids to set the clock so it is at a quarter to one.

    Entertainment

    While this app teaches kids how to tell time, it also gives them the chance to have a little fun. Every time kids set the clock correctly, they earn coins. They also earn food to feed the animals that can lead to more coins. If kids earn enough coins, they can purchase new animals for the farm. These animals range from typical farm animals to more unusual animals, such as a dinosaur. The more animals kids have, the more quickly coins add up. Some kids may want to save up their coins to purchase a bigger animal right away, but they may do better to buy a few smaller animals first.

    Value

    The app is priced higher than many of its counterparts. It does offer 10 levels with 7 sub-levels within each level and the ability to earn coins to purchase animals for the farm. For teachers or parents looking for a new way to teach kids how to tell time, the price may be justified.

    Child Friendliness

    When kids first open the app, they’re asked whether they want to allow the app to send them notifications. On the main screen, kids will also see an icon for another app and can tap to open a general info screen. This section encourages users to rate the app, but access to the links on the screen is protected, so kids will stay within the app.

    • NO in-app purchase
    • NO 3rd party ads
    • YES rate us (protected, but visible)
    • YES more apps (protected, but visible)

    moonmachine
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    Summary
    Sofus and the Moonmachine is an adventurous storybook app that takes readers through a magnificent and interactive journey through space. Fun to read and highly interactive, this app is great for children of all ages.
    4.8

    App Info

    Price: $3.99
    AppStore User Rating:
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Sofus and the Moonmachine is an adventure-filled storybook app that takes readers through three chapters of exploring space and helping Sofus on his journey. This interactive storybook app is full of beautiful illustrations, fun sound effects, and interactive activities that children will love as they read through this fun adventure.

    Features include:

    • Narration options
    • Interactive images
    • Gorgeous illustrations
    • Rhyming story

    Quality

    Sofus and the Moonmachine is one app that is full of unique and intricate illustrations that make this storybook app engaging and fun for children to read. The developers have also done an excellent job with the interactive bits throughout that allow readers to tap and touch the images to bring them to life. Overall this app is of very high quality and one that children of all ages will love.

    Education

    Not rated for education.

    Entertainment

    This app offers so much more than just a story for children to enjoy. In addition to enjoying three chapters of the adventurous space story written in rhyming prose, readers will also love the fun, interactive illustrations that help to bring the story to life. With animations, narration options, and a few fun space games throughout the story, this app offers loads of entertainment and adventure that children of all ages will love.

    Value

    Priced at just under four dollars, this app is a good deal. While it may be a little more than parents are used to paying for a storybook app, it is worth every penny. The developers have put a lot of time and effort into the presentation of the story including interactive illustrations and narration options that add a ton of value to this digital story. Overall it’s a great value.

    Child Friendliness

    Parents will be happy to know that the developers have done an excellent job of keeping this app easy to use and safe for children of all ages. It includes narration options so children can read on their own or with the narrator as well as move through the fun interactive bits that are included in the images and illustrations. There are arrows at the bottom of each page that also help little ones move through the story from page-to-page as well. While adding the text-highlighting feature would add a bit more of an educational component to the app, it is very well done as it is and parents will certainly appreciate the fact that there are no external links or advertisements to distract children from the app.

    • NO social media
    • NO external links
    • NO in-app purchase
    • NO 3rd party ads

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    Here are some of the best of the best apps for fifth graders as they head back to school. This list includes reviewed and recommended apps to help practice fractions, basic math, and grammar. There are also some apps that will open doors of programming and science. Enjoy!

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    The Everything Machine

    The Everything Machine gives players the tools to tap into the iPad/iPhone/iPod’s power and versatility by setting up an intuitive programming language. Users can experiment with turning the device’s built in sensors, hardware and features on and off on command to accomplish a wide array of tasks.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Namoo-Wonders of Plant Life

    “You can find joy everywhere if you only look close enough” is the quote that opens NAMOO – Wonders of Plant Life. Developers of the app have worked hard to make that quote a reality for kids. This beautiful app combines calming background music with detailed illustrations and informative texts to help kids learn all about plant life. Kids will explore different aspects of plant life, from the composition of plant cells to the types of roots plants have. Throughout the app, kids will discover interactive diagrams, animated illustrations, and other engaging contnet designed to help them understand the content. At the end of the day, developers have created a quality app that can enhance science instruction and help kids enjoy learning about plant life.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Crazy Times Tables-Multiplication Photo Fun

    Crazy Times Tables incentivizes multiplication facts practice with games and visual effects. The app provides several levels of difficulty with twelve games and users can isolate specific fact families (x 1 through x 12) or set up for mixed practice. It also isolates math facts that were incorrectly answered and allows practice just on that list.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Slice Fractions

    Slice Fractions offers a wordless, hands-on walk through basic fraction concepts such as the meaning of the numerator and denominator, equivalent fractions, and fraction ordering. Players have to solve physics problems by slicing objects and removing barriers to movement at the correct times and places to progress through the game.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Grammaropolis

    Grammaropolis (full version) is a teaching and practice tool to help students learn the parts of speech. The Nouns section is free, and the other seven parts of speech are available as separate in-app purchases of $1.99 each or $12.99 for the entire set. Each section includes explanatory videos and interactive books as well as brief multiple choice activities and two quizzes.

    Check it out on the App Store.

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    Get your fourth graders learning and playing with these recommended and reviewed Best Apps for Kids. You’ll find math practice, story telling, and even coding!

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    Sparky’s Brain Busters

    Sparky’s Brain Busters is a fast-paced trivia game for elementary student (grades 3-5) that drills players in Common Core concepts in math, science, social studies, and literature as well as miscellaneous questions and fire safety tips.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Times Table Galaxy

    Times Table Galaxy offers timed practice on math fact families from x 2 to x 12 as well as a mixed practice option. Facts are presented in order, with multiple choice options for the answers. Extra time can be earned by answering random questions related to math facts, such as which number is a multiple of the target or which math fact has the larger answer.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Mr. Glue Stories

    Mr Glue Stories is a unique storybook app full of imagination, character, and loads of creativity. With four stories to personalize, record, add sound effects, and illustrate, this storybook app provides readers with a ton of creative freedom to build, change, and create fun stories at will. The amazing narration and sound effects throughout are highly engaging and the freedom to add your own flair makes this app one of a kind.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Hopscotch: Coding for Kids, a visual programming language

    Hopscotch: Coding for Kids is a great tool for teaching coding not only to kids but adults, too. The design makes it suitable for both and is flexible for a wide range of user experience.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Robot School-Programming for Kids”

    Robot School: Programming for Kids teaches the steps to creating simple computer programs using icons that control a robot. Players are given progressively more difficult challenges and more sophisticated tools to solve them, and are guided into developing sequences of code to accomplish each mission.

    Check it out on the App Store.

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    Reviewed and recommended apps for third graders will make finding just the right one for your child a piece of cake! Here are some great ones to help with cursive writing, math skills, composition and creativity, and more.

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    Letter School Cursive Writing

    Teaching kids to write in cursive may seem like a lost art, but it’s alive and well in LetterSchool Cursive Writing. This interactive app is designed to teach kids to write their uppercase and lowercase letters in cursive. Through the app, kids can practice writing each letter individually until they get it right. With two levels of play and multiple activities designed to have kids write their letters (and numbers) over and over again, there’s no doubt kids will have their cursive letters down pat after they make their way through this app.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Little Big Car Factory Spelling Game

    Young spellers participate in leveled practice with any of the built-in lists or groups of words entered by teacher or parent. The app automatically makes the tasks more challenging until children are spelling the word independently with no hints.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Math Galaxy Whole Number Riddles

    Math Galaxy Whole Number Riddles provides users with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems ranging from basic fact combinations through problems using two digit numbers. The app also includes time, money and measurement problems. The format is game-like, set up for one to three players, and correct answers are rewarded with a score in points. Correct responses reveal letters that eventually spell out spell the answer to a riddle. Correct answers in the Jumble section reveal a hidden word from the scrambled letters.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Smart Spark: Ignite Your Child’s Learning Potential

    Smart Spark walks parents or teachers through a survey designed to pinpoint students’ learning styles, then provides an easy-to-understand report showing the child’s learning strengths, communication style and possible challenges. It also analyzes YOUR learning strengths, communication style and possible challenges, so you can get information about interacting with the student.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Write About This

    Write About This offers hundreds of motivating and interesting writing prompts as well as systems to create new prompts, add other content, write and share writing, record and work collaboratively. It is a highly useful and flexible tool for home or classroom to encourage children to write.

    Check it out on the App Store

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    Here are some great reviewed apps for spelling, phonics skills, listening skills, and more! These apps are perfect for second grade students.

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    Planet Lettra

    Planet Lettra is a playground for word-building. Users are magically transported to the mythical Planet Lettra where letters float in bubbles in the sky. When the bubbles bump, the letters combine, and sooner or later, make words. The beings on the planet eat letter groups of various types. Together, the activities set the stage for productive letter play for prereaders, emergent readers, and experienced readers alike.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Sound Salad

    Sound Salad-Help Mr. Ear by Sorting Sounds is a sound sorting and memory game for young children. Players are challenged to match short sound effects to pictures, using discrimination, memory, and attention skills.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Attributes by Math Doodles

    Attributes by Math Doodles will challenge users’ ability to find patterns and commonalities, to notice and distinguish among fine details, and to sort and categorize finely detailed drawings. Students who play will be amazed to find that math includes such a wide array of skills, and also to find that it can be so much FUN!

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Highlights: All About

    Highlights: All About allows young children to explore child-friendly topics in typical Highlights magazine style. Each section includes stories, puzzles and activity ideas that will help children take their understanding to the next level.

    Check it out on the App Store

    Spelling Bug Hangman

    Spelling Bug Hangman provides over 900 built-in spelling words and the capability to add your own words to a hangman game. Users can play alone or with a friend. Players also earn coins to use to purchase hints and other helps to improve their play.

    Check it out on the App Store.

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    Copy of bestappsforkids - design 2(17)A little bit of science, a little bit of social studies, some reading and some math round out the suggestions for first graders this year.

    Take a look at these apps.

    Malama Honua My Voyage

    The My Voyage app will take users on an elaborate adventure through documentary-like videos, games, and more as the main characters explore Hawaiian and Polynesian history and culture. The main characters learn history and ancient skills like weaving and boat-making of the Polynesian people who later settled in Hawaii. In the process, they also discover solid traditional values like caring for the earth and respecting elders.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    PatchMania-Kids

    Calvin the Bunny and his furry friends are minding their own business when Farmer Lester destroys their forest home to create his farm fields. The little animals eat their way through the farmer’s crops by munching mazes of carrots, lettuce, mushrooms and more. Each puzzle presents a maze for players to solve to move the animals to their burrows by eating the vegetables in their proper order.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Read-Kids Learn to Read and Write in 20 Easy Lessons

    Read- Kids Learn to Read and Write in 20 Lessons is a comprehensive phonics and sight words activity suitable for young children. It pairs letters and letter pairs with the phonemes (sounds) of the English language, and has users practice by identifying letters that make the sounds, spelling simple words, tracing and writing the letters, and reading simple controlled-vocabulary stories.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Ready, Jet, Go! Space Explorer

    Ready, Jet, Go! Space Explorer from PBS Kids will allow children and parents to explore the night sky with interactive activities, fun facts, and games. The app includes information about planets, constellations, and more.

    Check it out on the App Store.

    Up to 100

    Up To 100 helps children learn to recognize and form numbers between 1 and 99. It also helps children understand ones and tens place value and the relationship of digits to the number. It’s very hands-on and offers a lot of different concrete experiences with numbers.

    Check it out on the App Store.

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    Summary
    Wuwu & Co. is a storybook app that takes children on a 3D adventure full of magic and wonder. Exciting, entertaining and great for children of all ages!

    App Info

    Price: $2.99
    AppStore User Rating:
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Wuwu & Co. is an app unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. This storybook app takes children on an amazing adventure beyond just the story with unique 3D effects. By holding their device upright they can move around to explore a virtual world of wonder all the while uncovering new stories and characters along the way. Interactive, engaging, and very well done, this is one app children of all ages are going to love!

    Features include:

    • 3D features
    • Multiple stories
    • Unique concept
    • Narration options

    Quality

    Wuwu & Co. is a high quality and incredibly creative app that is full of fabulous 3D effects that allow readers to pick up their device and explore an entirely new world. The developers have done an excellent job of creating very intricate and unique illustrations and images that children will love to explore as they follow along with the story. While the concept is quite unique, it might take little ones a bit to get the hang of how to use the app, however once they do, they are going to love it! Very well done!

    Education

    Not rated for education.

    Entertainment

    Wuwu & Co. is an incredibly engaging and highly entertaining app. Not only does it offer several fun stories for children to explore, it also allows children to enter this wonderful winter wonderland with 3D effects by simply picking up their device and moving it around. This apps takes the storybook app to an entirely new level. While it doesn’t include any additional games for children to enjoy, the storybook app is a bit of a game in and of itself. One thing is for sure, children are going to love playing with this app!

    Value

    Priced at just under three dollars this app is a great value. When you consider the narration options, the incredible 3D effects, high quality graphics and the wide variety of stories included, this app is one children will enjoy for hours.

    Child Friendliness

    The developers have done an excellent job making Wuwu & Co. an app that is safe and easy to use for children of all ages. While it may take a bit to get used to how the 3D effects work, children are able to enjoy the variety of stories following along with the narrator or on their own. Parents will also be happy to know that this app is free of advertisements and in-app purchases that might otherwise distract children from the app.

    • NO social media
    • NO external links
    • NO in-app purchase
    • NO 3rd party ads

    aikoegor

    Aiko & Egor: Animation 4 Autism

    Quality
    Education
    Entertainment
    Value
    Child Friendly
    Summary
    Get to know Aiko & Egor, two friendly animated fish who want to help kids with autism develop key skills.
    4.5

    App Info

    Price: Free
    AppStore User Rating:
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Parents, teachers, and others who work with kids with autism have a new resource designed to help autistic kids learn and practice key developmental skills. The app centers around a video series starring two fish – Aiko & Egor. In each episode, the characters interact with one another. After watching the video, kids can then practice engaging in similar conversations and activities. While kids start on the app, they finish away from the app, building skills in real life.

    Features include:

    • Animated videos
    • Learning activities
    • Engaging characters
    • Skill-building opportunities

    Quality

    To interact with the app, parents must login using Facebook, e-mail, or Google. Once logged in, parents have access to the first episode of the app. The episodes are the main component of the app. In the settings section, parents can opt to download the videos locally or stream them. Each episode is nearly 10 minutes long, so parents who opt to stream the videos should have access to a strong internet connection. Once parents have the app set up, kids can begin watching the videos. Each episode can be viewed in its entirety or broken down into smaller components in the “Learn Together” section. Clear icons help parents and kids easily find what they’re looking for in the app, but many of the components are protected by parental blocks because the app is designed to be used by parents and children together.

    Education

    Each episode in the app features a common theme. For example, Episode 1 is “Shapes” and Episode 2 is “Animals”. Each episode is loosely based on the theme, but features other activities not related to the theme. When kids choose an episode, they’ll discover four main options: Full Episode, Learn Together, Materials Needed, and Skill Building (coming soon at time of publication). The Full Episode allows kids to watch the entire episode at once. The episode is also broken down into smaller chunks in the Learn Together section. There, parents can watch the episode with their children and complete the prompts that appear on the screen during the episode. In the Materials Needed section, parents will find the materials that connect with the Learn Together activities. These activities are designed to help kids develop key social and emotional skills, with a few basic skills, such as shape and color recognition thrown in.

    While interacting with the app, parents are frequently presented with survey questions. These questions are designed to help the app’s developers conduct research and to help parents track their children’s progress. However, it’s not clear how or if parents can currently access reports related to their child’s progress.

    Entertainment

    As kids watch the videos, they’ll learn more about Aiko and Egor. The characters engage in everyday conversations and activities, so kids will feel like they get a glimpse of their daily life. They also try to make the situations entertaining by throwing in fun games and animations. For example, kids get to search in a treasure chest with the fish. Through the learning activities, kids are able to further connect with the animated characters by engaging in similar activities on their own or with the support of an adult.

    Value

    The app is free to download. With a free download, users have access to the first episode. Additional episodes are available through an in-app purchase. The price of each episode is similar to the cost of purchasing an episode of a TV show on iTunes. Parents should try the first episode with their children before deciding whether to download more.

    Child Friendliness

    The app is designed for parents and other adults to use alongside children. Many of its components, such as access to the learn together section, access to in-app purchases, and access to social media, are protected by a parental block. Parents must also login to the app using their Facebook, Google, or e-mail account.

    • NO rate us
    • NO more apps
    • NO 3rd party ads
    • YES in-app purchase (protected, but visible)
    • YES external links (protected, but visible)

    chortopia
    Quality
    Education
    Entertainment
    Value
    Child Friendly
    Summary
    Chortopia makes chore time fun with stories, games, and lots of adventures. Perfect for families with multiple children and parents who want to teach a bit of responsibility.
    4.7

    App Info

    Price: $2.99
    AppStore User Rating:
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Chortopia isn’t your typical chore tracking app for kids. This app makes chore time much more entertaining and engaging by turning it into a fun adventure. Chortopia uses a combination of narrated story-telling, games, and adventure to create a chore app that makes doing chores fun for kids! Simply put, it’s every parent’s dream!
    Features include:

    • 4 Child profiles
    • Hundreds of interactive illustrations
    • 11 Playing cards to collect

    Quality

    The developers have done an excellent job making Chortopia engaging, entertaining, and practical to use. They have taken an easy to use chore tracking app and turned it into a full-blown adventure with rewards, games, and narrated story lines. This creative app also has the ability for parents to set up, up to 4 child profiles and select up to 3 chores to complete for each advenchore. The developers have also used high quality graphics and narration throughout making this app even more appealing for both parents and children.

    Education

    The main concept behind this app is to teach children responsibility and helping in a fun way. While parents can set up specific tasks for children to complete, the players are responsible for completing each task and checking it off on their list for their parent to confirm. The idea is for children to complete their chores in order to move forward on their advenchores and to move forward with the story. With a bit of practice, this app has the ability to get kids excited about helping out and doing their part at home by watering plants, taking out the garbage, using their manners etc.

    Entertainment

    The entertainment value in this app is unlike anything I have seen in a chore app. The developers have created an engaging and exciting concept that makes each chore an adventure for kids. Each chore is weaved into a fun story for kids to follow along with as they complete more tasks. They also have the opportunity to earn and collect playing cards that they can use to play the card game that is also included in the app. Games, adventure and stories too, this app is highly entertaining.

    Value

    Priced at just under four dollars this app might be a bit more than parents are used to paying, but the value you receive is incredible. The concept itself is highly creative, engaging, and educational for kids. As a parent, this app is totally worth the cost if it gets kids excited about helping around the house.

    Child Friendliness

    In addition to being easy to use for both parents and children it is completely safe too! With no advertisements, in-app purchases, or social media links, this app is great for children of all ages to play and use. This app is especially useful for families with multiple children as it offers up to four profiles.

    • NO social media
    • NO external links
    • NO in-app purchase
    • NO 3rd party ads

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    Quality
    Education
    Entertainment
    Value
    Child Friendly
    Summary
    Malama Honua My Voyage is an outstanding app that will fascinate kids and adults alike with a detailed and engaging description of Polynesian and Hawaiian history and culture, interspersed with interesting and varied interactive activities and laced with positive core values.
    4.8
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    App Info

    Price: Free
    AppStore User Rating: 5
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    The My Voyage app will take users on an elaborate adventure through documentary-like videos, games, and more as the main characters explore Hawaiian and Polynesian history and culture. The main characters learn history and ancient skills like weaving and boat-making of the Polynesian people who later settled in Hawaii. In the process, they also discover solid traditional values like caring for the earth and respecting elders.

    Features include:

    • Over 30 minutes of live-action video
    • Video encounters with Hawaiian cultural experts
    • A variety of interactive activities
    • Visual and auditory instruction in Hawaiian words
    • Parent and teacher guides with supplemental curriculum

    Quality

    My Voyage is a very high quality app. It’s well designed for the target age group of young elementary-aged students, but the rich and varied content will make it appeal to older children and even adults. Developers are right when they advertise that it makes a great family activity!

    Education

    My Voyage is very educational. It makes social studies come alive through accessible and age-appropriate video that does not talk down to children, and interactive activities. The information conveyed is unusual, and not a topic that most people will be very familiar with, no matter what their age.

    Each section begins with a high-quality video that follows the main characters on their journey to learn more about their culture and history. The children encounter a host of helpful people who make the lessons come alive. Then users are invited to play an interactive game related to the topic of the segment. The games are varied, and sometimes demand dexterity and coordination and other times tap into mental agility. There is a very nice variety!

    Best of all, the app makes seamless transitions from the real-life video segments to the animated and interactive sections. Viewers get so caught up in the experience that they hardly notice moving from one to the other.

    A host of positive values are stressed throughout the app, as well. Respect for diversity, care for the environment, learning lessons from history, and listening to elders are just a few of the values stressed in subtle ways by every aspect of the app.

    Entertainment

    This app is highly engaging and entertaining, and it’s quite likely that kids will not want to put it down until going all the way through it, then they will come back to it again and again. There are over 30 minutes of video interspersed with at least eight interactive activities. Best of all, the developers indicate that this is the first in a planned series. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

    Value

    This app costs 99 cents on the App Store, and that’s a great value. It will take approximately 45 minutes to go through the activities one time, and many are made to randomize on each play through, so they will be different when your child comes back to them. The app is extremely high-quality and well-made, and so is well-worth the minimal investment.

    Child Friendliness

    My only complaint about this app is that there is an open and unprotected link to your web browser on the front page, right where young children would be likely to find it easily. The link opens a page that tells how to access the teacher and parent guides as well as supplemental lesson plans, but it would be easy for a youngster to get out onto the open internet with no protections. This link should be behind a parent gate!

    • Parent area
    • NO social media
    • NO 3rd party ads
    • NO in-app purchase
    • YES unprotected link to open internet that contains parent/teacher information

    cosmic
    Quality
    Education
    Entertainment
    Value
    Child Friendly
    Summary
    Cosmic Paul is an early learning app that helps children practice their alphabet and spelling skills using a unique and very entertaining search and find concept. Interactive, educational, and tons of fun, this app is great for children of all ages!
    4.8

    App Info

    Price: $0.99
    AppStore User Rating:
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Cosmic Paul is an interactive learning app that helps children practice recognizing the alphabet through a fun, seek and find concept. With loads of exciting interactive images, five environments, and endless hours of play, this app is great for young children.

    Features include:

    • 5 Environments to explore
    • Hundreds of interactive illustrations
    • Spelling practice

    Quality

    It’s clear that the developers have put a great deal of effort into the interactive images and illustrations included in Cosmic Paul. In addition to the easy to use interface, each of the interactive bits are quite intricate with fun sound effects and surprises that help bring the app to life as children tap and touch their way through the app. Cosmic Paul has an incredibly intuitive interface that allows even the youngest of players an opportunity to enjoy hours of play.

    Education

    With a focus on learning the alphabet and recognizing various letters, this app offers young players a fun environment to learn. The concept is fairly simple as it provides children with a word for each activity in which they need to find the corresponding letters for. By tapping and touching their way through the various interactive images, they locate each letter. While the main idea is to teach letter recognition and alphabet practice, children also have a chance to practice their spelling as well.

    Entertainment

    In addition to the educational value that players will receive from this app, there are a lot of entertainment components as well. Cosmic Paul is full of interactive images that make this app tons of fun for children to play. The seek and find concept is also a lot of fun as children get to explore the variety of images and interactive bits throughout the app. With 5 various environments and lots of different letters to find to spell each word, this app offers hours of entertainment.

    Value

    Priced at just under two dollars this app is a great value. With five environments to explore, loads of words to spell and hundreds of interactive illustrations to explore, this app is one that offers hours of fun at a price that won’t break the bank.

    Child Friendliness

    In addition to being incredibly easy to use for children of all ages, Cosmic Paul is completely safe too. With no external links, advertisements or social media links to worry about, this app is great for children of all ages. With an interface that requires children to use their natural curiosity to tap and touch their way through the app, Cosmic Paul is perfect for children of all ages.

    • NO social media
    • NO external links
    • NO in-app purchase
    • NO 3rd party ads

    snotandfluff
    Quality
    Education
    Entertainment
    Value
    Child Friendly
    Summary
    Snot & Fluff is an entertaining cosmic tale that takes readers on a 3D adventure through space. With great interactive graphics, a fun story, and so much more this is one app you don't want to miss!
    4.5

    App Info

    Price: $2.99
    AppStore User Rating:
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Snot & Fluff is an entertaining cosmic story with 3D effects, tons of interactive graphics, and the appeal of an adventure game that children are going to love. With high quality graphics, professional narration and a wide variety of illustrations to explore, this app offers hours of play for kids ages 4-10. Very well done!

    Features include:

    • 3D effects
    • In story game that unlocks secret area
    • Exciting interactive graphics and sounds
    • Professional illustrations

    Quality

    There is no doubt that the developers spent a lot of time and effort on this app as it is full of fabulous, interactive illustrations, sound effects, and a platform with 3D effects that react as players tilt their device. The illustrations are especially impressive not only for the fun sound effects they make, but also for the intricate design and interactivity that will keep children engaged as they follow along with the story. With clear sound effects and professional narration this app is one that children are going to love.

    Education

    While this isn’t your typical educational app, it is a storybook app that allows children to practice their reading skills as they follow along with the narrator. The narration options allow players to read with the narrator or without, however this app does not include text highlighting. Adding that option would certainly increase the educational value as it allows early readers to follow along and work on their reading skills. With that said, this app does seem to be a bit more focused on entertainment value so I wouldn’t expect a ton of educational activities anyway.

    Entertainment

    There is so much more to this app than just the story, though the story is very entertaining. The developers have included a myriad of interactive illustrations with fun sound effects and an in story game that children will enjoy as they read. The in story game includes 88 hidden stars within the pages that once they are all found, unlock a secret area for additional play. Overall this app includes over 35 minutes of narration, a fun story, and lots of interactive images to explore creating a very entertaining app for kids.

    Value

    Priced at just under three dollars, this app is a great value. The high quality images, interactive illustrations, professional narration, story, and in story game make this app one that children will love at a price that won’t break the bank for parents. This is one app that children will be enjoying over and over again.

    Child Friendliness

    Snot & Fluff is a not only fun to play, but it’s also easy to use for children of all ages. With simple arrows to guide children to the next page and the narration options for early readers, the developers have created a very intuitive and easy to use app. Parents will also be happy to know that while the main page does offer ‘other apps’ and an area that provides buttons to social media outlets, these areas are protected so children aren’t likely to be distracted.

    • Protected parent area (can contain external links & social media)
    • NO social media
    • NO external links
    • NO in-app purchase
    • NO 3rd party ads
    • YES “more apps” (protected, but visible)

    mathjungle

    Math Jungle: Grade 1

    Quality
    Education
    Entertainment
    Value
    Child Friendly
    Summary
    Run through the jungle in Math Jungle, collecting bananas and answering first grade math problems along the way. How many bananas can you collect?
    4.8

    App Info

    Price: $1.99
    AppStore User Rating: 5
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Monkeys like bananas and in Math Jungle: Grade 1, the monkey really likes bananas. In fact, he likes bananas so much that all he does is run through the jungle to collect them. Kids can help the monkey collect bananas in this fun arcade-style math game. In the game, kids move the monkey through the forest, stopping along the way to answer random math questions. The more questions kids answer correctly, the more bananas the monkey receives.

    Features include:

    • Aligned with Common Core
    • Fun arcade-style game
    • Positive reinforcement
    • High-score tracking

    Quality

    Math Jungle: Grade 1 features a fairly simple design. When kids first open the app, they’re introduced to a smiling monkey and they see a large play button. Tapping on the button takes kids directly into the game. To play the game, kids simply use their finger to move the monkey up and down as he runs across the screen. The goal is to collect the bananas and avoid the rocks and other obstacles in his way. At the top of the screen is a tracker which displays the amount of bananas that have been collected and also contains a bar to mark the high score kids need to beat. At various intervals throughout the game, the monkey stops and kids must answer a multiple-choice math problem in order to move on.

    Education

    All of the math problems contained within the app are aligned with the Common Core standards. Multiple standards are covered with in the app. Kids are presented with basic addition and subtraction problems, as well as problems related to number sequencing, comparing numbers, and using plus, minus, and equal signs. The question in the app are designed to be used for practice, not instruction. Kids are given multiple opportunities to answer each question (they earn more bananas for answering correctly on the first try), but if they answer a question incorrectly, there is no explanation or other guidance to help them answer the question correctly. The app also does not track kids’ performance by standard or allow kids to work on a single standard at once.

    Entertainment

    The simple arcade-style game is really entertaining for kids. They will enjoy guiding the monkey through the jungle and watching the tracker fill up with bananas. They’ll also be motivated to play the app multiple times to attempt to increase their high score. The monkey himself is animated and a positive character for kids to interact with.

    Value

    This app is full of practice math questions to help kids build their early math skills. It combines those questions with a simple, but fun game. Parents or teachers looking for new ways to get kids to build their math skills will appreciate the app.

    Child Friendliness

    Kids won’t find any content in the app designed to take their focus away from math practice and fun. Aside from the opening screen which simply contains a play button, the app only contains one area for play.

    • NO external links
    • NO social media
    • NO 3rd party ads
    • NO in-app purchase (protected)

    mega
    Quality
    Education
    Value
    Child Friendly
    Summary
    MegaPro Calculator 5000 isn't your typical calculator! This calculator actually teaches children how to add and subtract large numbers in a visual way. Well done!
    4.8

    App Info

    Price: Free
    AppStore User Rating: 5
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    MegaPro Calculator 5000 puts a new twist on the traditional calculator apps that most of us are used to. Instead of simply providing an answer for math problems that players enter, it presents a visual representation of how to do the problems. With both addition and subtraction problems available, this app is great for children who need a bit of practice with adding and subtracting large numbers and is especially helpful for visual learners.

    Features include:

    • Addition/Subtraction functions
    • Visual learning
    • Easy to use

    Quality

    MegaPro Calculator 5000 is a very simple, yet highly effective learning app for kids. The developers have done an excellent job creating easy to follow visuals and functions that allow children to better understand and practice how to do addition and subtraction. Unlike a regular calculator, users actually see how the answer is calculated using cards that offer a visual representation of the problem. With an easy to use interface, users need only to tap and drag the images in order to complete the problem. The developers have also added a ‘help’ option within the app to help players if they get stuck. Overall this app is well done.

    Education

    This app is meant to not only help players calculate the answer to various addition and subtraction problems, but also actively teach them how to do them on their own. This isn’t your typical calculator as it is designed to teach real math concepts using visuals to highlight the large numbers. For children just learning these concepts it can be a bit tricky to understand, however for children who are using this as practice or additional help, it can be a fantastic tool.

    Entertainment

    Not rated for entertainment

    Value

    Parents will most certainly appreciate the fact that this app is not only highly educational and easy to use, but it’s completely free. For children who need a bit of extra practice with adding and subtracting large numbers, this app is a great value!

    Child Friendliness

    At first glance, MegaPro Calculator 5000 may not seem to be super simple to use, however there is a “help” screen that walks players through how the app works that is especially helpful for young children. Once children get the hang of how it works, they will have no problem moving through the app with ease as they practice their math skills. Parents will also be happy to know that this app is safe for children of all ages as the parent’s area is protected so it isn’t likely children will be getting into areas they shouldn’t be.

    • Protected parent area (can contain external links & social media)
    • NO social media
    • NO external links
    • NO in-app purchase
    • NO 3rd party ads

    maths
    Quality
    Education
    Entertainment
    Value
    Child Friendly
    Summary
    Crazy Math Adventure is an engaging, educational app that allows children to practice their year 1 and year 2 math skills with an exciting game like platform. Full of adventure and tons of fun this app is great for children of all ages.
    4.6

    App Info

    Price: $2.99
    AppStore User Rating:
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Crazy Math Adventure offers children an exciting video game like theme to practice their math skills. With increasing difficulty as children play, this app offers a progressive practice that parents can track in the settings. This app takes math practice to a new and exciting level that kids will love.

    Features include:

    • 41 Levels
    • Increasing difficulty
    • Addition/Subtraction
    • Multiplication/Division

    Quality

    The developers have done an excellent job making this app visually appealing and engaging for little ones. While math concepts can be a bit boring for some, this app creates a sense of adventure and fun for kids as they move through the levels. With illustrations and background music that create a video game like feel, children are going to stay engaged as they help to clear Maths Land of all the wicked spells that have been set. Well done and easy to use for children of all ages.

    Education

    Crazy Math Adventure is an awesome app for kids who want an engaging and exciting platform to test their math skills. With a fun and adventurous backdrop, children become the hero by using their addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and other year 1 and 2 math skills to defeat the bad guys who are taking over Maths Land. This game is full of magic, wonder, spells, and of course awesome math problems for children to complete.

    Parents will also be happy to know there is an option to check each player’s progress to see where they may need extra support. With each lesson and level clearly outlined (for example sequencing 2s etc.) parents and teachers can go back and review the material if needed. Overall this app is creative, educational, and fun for kids to use.

    Entertainment

    It’s always wonderful to find an app that offers a nice balance between education and entertainment and Crazy Math Adventure offers exactly that. With a game like concept that encourages children to keep moving forward in order to save Maths Land, players are going to be eager to complete the necessary problems and incidentally they will get lots of practice with their math skills. With each level increasing in difficulty and timed lessons scattered throughout, this app offers lots of challenges and fun for young children.

    Value

    Priced at just under four dollars this app may be a bit more than parents are used to spending for similar apps, however when you consider the multiple levels, progress options, multiple math functions, and the overall game-like feel, it really is worth the price. This is one app that will get a lot of playing (and learning) time from little ones and parents are sure to appreciate that.

    Child Friendliness

    Parents will be happy to know that this app is not only easy to use, but it’s safe too. The developers have done an excellent job creating an app that offers visual prompts and support throughout the problems with a very intuitive interface. This app is also free from social media links and external links, however there is the occasional ‘more apps’ button that appears, but it is protected. Overall, the developers have done a nice job keeping this app easy to use for young children.

    • NO social media
    • NO external links
    • NO in-app purchase
    • NO 3rd party ads
    • YES “more apps” (protected, but visible)

    image
    Quality
    Education
    Entertainment
    Value
    Child Friendly
    Summary
    Pepi House gives users an in-depth look at daily life within a household by offering an interactive dollhouse-like experience that will stimulate language skills, imagination, and creativity.
    4.9

    App Info

    Price: $2.99
    AppStore User Rating: 5
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Pepi House offers a digital version of a classic doll house that is perfect for children ages three to seven. Each of the eight interactive rooms allow children to experiment and play, and then to act out countless pretend scenarios with the family and its pets. There are hundreds of animations and interactions to explore, and an endless array of scenarios that can be acted out, both realistic and completely fantastic.

    Features include:

    • Eight areas that together represent a household
    • Dozens of interactive household objects to play with
    • Working elevator to transport people, pets and things from place to place
    • Engaging animations and sound effects
    • A perfect stage to experiment and pretend about family life

    Quality

    Pepi House is a high quality app that is completely intuitive to use. There is no reading required, making it perfect for young players to use on their own. Each area on the four floors is abundantly supplied with household items that can be moved around and that will animate and produce sound effects when used. The app has a lot in common with simulation games designed for older players in that users can create personalities and interactions for the characters as they see fit. One minor concern was in the parents’ section-the area is well-protected from young users, but I was not sure that it was working properly. It showed social media links, ratings, and contact info as I believe was intended, but there is a section marked “About Pepi House” that shows a “loading” notice and never seems to finish loading. I’m hoping there is information in there about how to use this app in an interactive fashion, with kids and adults playing together, and details about how important this kind of play is to young children, but I can’t tell for sure.

    Education

    Pepi House is an outstanding educational app that will encourage and nurture independent imaginative play as well as interactive pretend play with an adult mentor. The app is essentially a digital version of a classic doll house, with a family, pets, moveable furniture, and lots of household items to play with. And like a doll house, children will love arranging the lives of the residents and acting out small plays about their family life. They will also have a ball exploring the digital interactions-which are very unlike a real doll house, but oh, so much fun!

    On the sales page in the App Store, the developers also suggest that the app can be used to encourage adult-child interaction, to role play and model schedules, routines, desirable behaviors, and much more. These are great ideas, and should be included in the Parents’ Area in the app so they don’t get overlooked.

    Playing with this app will nurture imagination, independence, language and vocabulary skills, and much, much more. It will do so all the more if parents take time to play with their kids, but playing independently also will yield its own set of benefits such as self-direction and maintaining attention. Either way, the app is a winner!

    Entertainment

    Pepi House is highly entertaining. In the real world, doll houses are often a favorite toy for children for a number of reasons including the encouragement to pretend and use the imagination, the ability to control and be in charge of a miniature world, and the sheer joy of making up and acting out stories for the characters. This app encompasses all of this traditional fun as well as adding digital twits that will keep kids coming back again and again.

    Pepi House is a load of fun to play with. Kids will delight in exploring all of the animations and sound effects as they click on various objects, and they can move people and things from room to room and floor to floor as their stories unfold. The app invites experimentation with surprise animations, sound effects, and even character reactions that vary according to what is happening.

    Value

    Pepi House is a good value on the App Store at $2.99. There are multiple ways to play with the app, so children will enjoy it for quite a while since they can change the way that they interact with it. It also makes a great parent-child activity, so with a little parent guidance, kids will learn new ways to play.

    Child Friendliness

    • Protected parent area (contains external links & social media)
    • NO 3rd party ads
    • NO in-app purchase
    • YES “more apps” (protected, but visible)

    twingo

    TwinGo London

    Quality
    Education
    Entertainment
    Value
    Child Friendly
    Summary
    Learn all about London when you travel there with Alicia and Theo in TwinGo London.
    4.7

    App Info

    Price: $2.99
    AppStore User Rating:
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Alicia and Theo are headed to London and they’re inviting kids to come along with them. TwinGo London helps kids learn all about the sites and sounds of the capital of England. They gain information as they read through the interactive story and put what they’ve learned to the test through a series of fun activities.

    Features include:

    • Animated characters
    • Fun activities
    • Facts about London
    • Beautiful artwork

    Quality

    The app opens with an animated introduction that introduces kids to the characters in the app and the trip they are planning to take. From there, kids are flown to London and begin their journey. As they go through the story, kids are given opportunities to interact with the app and find clues to solve the mystery. The app moves smoothly, but the characters are a bit stiff, which may turn kids off a bit.

    Education

    Kids will learn a ton of information about London. They’ll also get to put on their detective caps and find clues to solve mysteries within the app. As kids go through the app, they’ll have to pay close attention to the scenery and to everything the owl says. At times he can be a bit wordy, which means kids have a lot to remember. However, they’re tasked with using the information throughout the app, so it’s not too overwhelming.

    Entertainment

    Kids will enjoy the games found throughout the app. By playing games, they earn coins which allow them to gather more clues and get to different places. While the games are fun and involve activities such as flying a plane and popping balloons, they tie into the game so they’re educational at the same time.

    Value

    The app is priced comparably to other interactive ebooks. It also comes with lots of activities for kids, helping to increase the value. This app is particularly ideal for kids looking to learn more about England, particularly London.

    Child Friendliness

    The app does not contain any in-app purchases or other content designed to take kids out of the app. In the free version, kids are encouraged to download the full version of the app to continue on their adventure.

    • NO external links
    • NO social media
    • NO 3rd party ads
    • NO in-app purchase (protected)

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    World of Liberty: Paintings, Planes, and Pioneers is a great app to encourage young elementary children to learn more about specific aspects of our country’s history and geography while encouraging the overall values of love of learning, research, and finding connections with other times, places and peoples.
    4.8

    App Info

    Price: $0.99
    AppStore User Rating:
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    World of Liberty: Paintings, Planes and Pioneers is the third in a series of ebooks designed to ignite interest in learning about history, geography and connections between peoples. The main characters, eleven-year-old Liberty and her imaginary friends Truman the magical airplane, Ellie the sheepdog, and Georgie the toy eagle, use a computer to access a world where they can go anywhere and do nearly anything and research ideas, events and people that interest them.

    Features include:

    • Includes read to me, read to myself, and autoplay modes
    • Includes four jigsaw puzzles
    • Includes reading comprehension questions and activities
    • Highlights words as they are read
    • Uses professional narration and sound effects

    Quality

    World of Liberty: Paintings, Planes, and Pioneers is an outstanding app that is well-designed for the target age group of early elementary students. The developers included an intuitive set of controls, the ability to choose pages, several modes of play, and many other features that make the app easy to use. The narration is high-quality, and the sound effects are well-conceived, complementing the story rather than overpowering it. Most pages include appropriate animations that are connected to the story.

    Education

    This app is very educational. It is part of a larger series focused on various social sciences/social studies skills, including geography, history, inclusiveness, and more. The main character, Liberty Lane, has adventures in the real-life world as well as in her imaginary world inside of her computer. In this episode, her school class visits the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, prompting a closer look at Amelia Earhart. Connections are made in the story between Earhart, pioneers, Kansas, Mexico, a Mexican artist named Frida Kahlo, and more. Throughout the story, the interconnectedness of our shared history and society are emphasized. Other values stressed include the value of visiting museums, the fun of imagination, and the sheer joy of learning.

    The story ends by including a number of comprehension questions for children to consider verbally or mentally, but has the option of checking the answers as needed. Developers also encourage readers to find locations from the story on maps at home, and provide four different jigsaw puzzles showing scenes from the story. All activities are well-designed and fun to use.

    Entertainment

    World of Liberty: Paintings, Planes, and Pioneers is quite entertaining. Each page of the rather lengthy ebook includes appropriate sound effects and animations that will keep children’s attention much more completely than simply reading the text would. The questions at the end of the book are very non-threatening in nature, simply encouraging users to access the information again mentally.

    My one concern is that the opening sequence (which can be skipped if adults feel it would be better) tells the story of how Liberty’s toys Truman the airplane and Georgie the toy eagle, came to be inside the computer. It involves a lightning strike into Liberty’s bedroom, and while most children will realize the fanciful nature of the events described, some more sensitive kids or those who have not yet fully separated fantasy from reality may become unduly upset by the thought that such things might really happen. It would be important for parents or teachers to be aware of children who may have uncomfortable feelings about things like this, and who may need to be sheltered from or guided through this part of the book.

    Value

    This app is an excellent value at $0.99 in the App Store. There are 125 pages in the ebook, and to go through it in the “Read to Me” mode takes approximately thirty minutes. In addition, there are puzzles and questions about the story. The app is also included in a three-app bundle of other stories about Liberty that is available for $1.99 in the App Store.

    Child Friendliness

    This app is very child-friendly.

    • Parent area (contains protected external links & social media)
    • NO 3rd party ads
    • NO in-app purchase
    • YES “more apps” (protected, but visible)

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    Summary
    Sound Salad-Help Mr. Ear by Sorting Sounds is an enjoyable app that will help children between ages of three and seven to build auditory processing, memory and attention skills, which form the foundation for later academic learning including phonics knowledge.
    4.7

    App Info

    Price: $2.99
    AppStore User Rating:
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Sound Salad-Help Mr. Ear by Sorting Sounds is a sound sorting and memory game for young children. Players are challenged to match short sound effects to pictures, using discrimination, memory, and attention skills.

    Features include:

    • 8 Levels, including timed
    • 96 sounds and objects
    • Funny reward animations at the end of each section
    • Correct matching rewarded with animations
    • Set for choice of 11 languages/accents (applicable to intro and level control labels)

    Quality

    Sound Salad is a high quality app that is designed to be easily used by young players. There is no reading involved, and the controls for the levels of difficulty are accessible and intuitive. Developers did a fine job of creating a range of difficulty, so children from ages three through about seven will enjoy the app, and the play can grow with them. The app did close unexpectedly twice during my review (though I could not figure out what caused the glitch and I couldn’t replicate it). Developers may want to consider an explanatory parents’ area, as well. As an educator, I’m well aware of the importance of the skills nurtured by this app, but many parents may overlook their importance in the development of auditory processing and memory.

    Education

    This app provides an entertaining way to develop an often-overlooked set of readiness skills: auditory skills. Most people don’t think about it, but auditory skills such as those nurtured by this app form the foundation for later learning about phonics, reading and spelling, and they also are crucial for school success in general, since so much of classroom time is spent listening.

    Sound Salad presents from two to four pictures and players must match the correct sound to each. The levels adjust from just two pictures and sounds to match up all the way to four pictures with sounds, and the upper levels provide a choice of two challenge levels: a simple matching game and a memory game. There is also an eighth level that introduces an element of speed by adding a timer for responses.

    The app encourages children to pay close attention to the sounds they hear, to logically consider which pictures they match, and to do so by navigating increasing complexity at successive levels. Some sounds are obvious, such as a barking sound to match with a dog, while others are quite challenging, such as discriminating between the cawing sound of a crow or a parrot. Each picture erupts into a cute animation when a correct match is made, and after two or three correct matches, Mr. Ear makes an appearance as he climbs in various ways to reach his goal.

    Entertainment

    Sound Salad is entertaining for young children. With 96 different pictures and matching sounds, there is a lot of material to cover, and each has its own animation to enjoy when the correct matches are made. Solve several puzzles (the number varies by level), and be rewarded with a short animation featuring Mr. Ear. Everything is positive and upbeat, and even if a player makes an incorrect match, the app simply rearranges the pictures and offers another chance.

    Value

    This app costs $2.99 in the App Store, which is a good value. Kids will be able to play it for a while, since it can “grow” as their skills grow. I do wish that the levels were more randomized, so that the challenges would seem fresher when children repeat levels.

    Child Friendliness

    This app is very child-friendly.

    • NO external links
    • NO social media
    • NO 3rd party ads
    • NO in-app purchase
    • YES “more apps” (hidden and protected)

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    Rose Milany at the Beach

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    Summary
    Join Rose Milany on a trip to the beach and interact with her as she builds a sand castle, collects sea shells, and enjoys other beach-related activities.
    4.6

    App Info

    Price: $2.99
    AppStore User Rating:
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Rose Milany is your typical kid and, like most kids, she enjoys going to the beach during the summer. In Rose Milany at the Beach she invites kids to join her on her trip to the beach and interact with her as she enjoys beach-related activities, such as building a sand castles and collecting sea shells. Along the way, she also introduces them to some cute beach creatures. This beach-themed story combines a likable main character with short sentences to create a fun summer read for kids.

    Features include:

    • Interactive illustrations
    • Narrated story
    • Fun games
    • Available in three languages

    Quality

    Rose Milany is French, which means kids might have some trouble understanding her, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be friends. That’s how Rose Milany introduces herself at the beginning of this animated story. It also understands why, when kids open the app for the first time, they may not understand any of the words they see – they’re all in French too. Kids can change the language by tapping on the languages button – the app is available in English, French, and Spanish. Once they’ve chosen their preferred language, kids can get started with the book. The main screen features clearly-labeled icons that direct kids to the story and the related games. They’ll also find icons for the credits and a help section which highlights the different icons used to move about the app and briefly summarizes each of the games kids can play.

    Education

    The story features very short scenes and simple sentences, which makes it great for early readers. While the text isn’t highlighted, it is narrated clearly and displayed in small chunks on the screen, making it easy for kids to follow along. After reading the story, kids can also play games related the story. The Memoread game asks kids to identify objects used in the story, while The Stickers activity has kids place pictures in a rebus-style version of the story. Both activities help build comprehension and get kids more involved in the story.

    Entertainment

    Thanks to the interactive illustrations, kids will also find the story to be very entertaining. Each short scene is accompanied by a screen where kids can uncover creatures and help Rose Milany complete activities. They can pick up sea shells, find a crab, and even turn on the shower so she can wash off after a day at the beach. After reading the story, kids can continue the fun by playing three mini games and by listening to a song about Rose Milany.

    Value

    The app is priced comparably to other interactive eBooks for kids and offers a lot of features to help justify the price. It’s definitely a great read for kids, particularly during the summer.

    Child Friendliness

    Unfortunately, developers did not spend as much time on the child friendliness portion of the app. In the credits section, the app contains unprotected links to social media and to the developer’s website. All of the content in the story, however, is appropriate for children, although more conservative parents may not appreciate Rose Milany’s skimpy swim suits in some of the scenes.

    • NO in-app purchase
    • NO 3rd party ads
    • YES social media (unprotected)
    • YES external links (unprotected)

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    Summary
    Curious George Train Adventures is an entertaining app that gives young children a great opportunity to practice vital thinking, predicting, and problem solving skills while they enjoy the antics of one of their favorite characters.
    4.9

    App Info

    Price: $1.99
    AppStore User Rating: 4
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Curious George, the perennial favorite character of children the world over, is up to his old tricks. In this adventure, George accidentally drives a supply train to get parts to workers building a theme park. Along the way, he must contend with numerous obstacles and problems that threaten to spill supplies from his train. The app challenges young users to solve many types of problems as they help George drive his train.

    Features include:

    • Focus on critical STEM skills, including prediction and problem-solving
    • Allows focus on exploration, discovery, building and more
    • 10 levels with increasingly difficult challenges
    • Earn star rewards for successful completion of each level
    • Enjoy George’s antics with fun animations

    Quality

    Curious George Train Adventures is a high-quality app that is sure to please Curious George fans everywhere. The puzzles include clear graphic hints to help young users along and the play is intuitive. Developers may want to consider including an explanatory parents’ section to help adults better understand the value of the games, though. Also, the parent gate protecting the privacy policy and the “more apps” section can malfunction, preventing adults from easily entering these areas. On several occasions, it asked for the value of 7 x 11, but the correct answer was not on the list of choices.

    Education

    This app provides great experiences for young children in the realms related to STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Curious George’s train ride to take supplies to the builders in the new theme park is disrupted by various obstacles and challenges along the way, and to keep the train rolling, children will have to do quite a bit of problem-solving.

    Along the way, George runs into various obstacles that are likely to jiggle supplies off of his train, such as steep hills that require players to slow the train, a teeter-totter, piles of things on the tracks, and even a bridge that needs to be raised before the train can cross. Each problem demonstrates physics responses that would happen in real life if the player does not solve them correctly. For example, running the train into a pile of pineapples will stop the train with a bump and knock some of the cargo overboard. The number of stars awarded at the end of each level is dependent on how much of the cargo arrives safely.

    Entertainment

    This app provides appropriate and fun challenges for the target age group. George is a motivating character in the first place, and the ability to control what happens to him on his adventure is hugely satisfying. Preschoolers and young elementary-aged children will have a lot of fun with this adventure of his.

    Value

    Curious George Train Adventures includes ten levels of fun for $1.99 in the App Store. There are additional worlds available as an in-app purchase, but kids are likely to enjoy this one for quite a few play sessions.

    Child Friendliness

    This app is very child-friendly.

    • Protected privacy policy
    • NO external links
    • NO social media
    • NO 3rd party ads
    • YES “more apps” (protected, but visible)

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    Summary
    Nano Bear Rainforest Animals offers a fun way for children to learn a variety of rainforest animals and their sounds through exploratory play. Easy to use and great for young children.
    4.6

    App Info

    Price: $0.99
    AppStore User Rating:
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Nano Bear Rainforest Animals is a cute early learning app that teaches children a variety of sounds of common rainforest animals. With bright colors, realistic sound effects, and a simple to use user interface, this app is great for young children of all ages to enjoy.

    Features include:

    • 11 Animals
    • 4 Quizzes
    • Easy to use

    Quality

    The developers have done a great job creating an app that is not only easy to use, but beautiful to look at. Nano Bear Rainforest Animals is full of amazing graphics with bright colors that are sure to keep little ones engaged and learning. The sound effects are also very well done and add to the overall realistic feel of the app. With arrows at the bottom of each page and simple tap and touch functioning throughout the app, children are going to have no problem at all playing and learning with this app.

    Education

    The main concept for Nano Bear Rainforest Animals is for children to learn a bit about the rainforest animals. As each new animal is presented, players can tap on the animal to hear it’s sound. They can then test what they have learned with the quizzes as they hear a sound and must select the correct animal. While this app doesn’t teach children the name of each animal it does offer a learning opportunity for children using sounds etc. Of course adding the name of each animal as an added feature would increase the overall educational value of the app.

    Entertainment

    While the concept is simple, little ones are sure to have a ton of fun with this app exploring the wide variety of animals included. With frogs, snakes, rhinos and more, this app offers lots of fun animals to find, learn about and explore as they play. The quiz activity also adds a bit of interest as children are able to test what they’ve learned with ease.

    Value

    Priced at just under a dollar this app is priced very well for what you get. With 11 animals, 4 quizzes, and a safe and easy to use interface, parents are sure to be happy with all that this app has to offer at such a great price.

    Child Friendliness

    Not only is Nano Bear Rainforest Animals incredibly fun and easy to use, it’s safe too. The developers have done a great job protecting young players from being exposed to any external links or other areas they shouldn’t be in. With simple tap and touch functioning and the help of arrows at the bottom of each page, this app makes is easy for children to learn, play, and explore. Great for preschoolers and toddlers to enjoy!

    • Protected parent area (can contain external links & social media)
    • NO social media
    • NO external links
    • NO in-app purchase
    • NO 3rd party ads

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    Summary
    Mussila is a highly interactive and engaging music app that teaches children to recognize instruments, rhythms, and a variety of other musical lessons in one place. Easy to use and loads of fun, this app is great for children of all ages!
    4.6

    App Info

    Price: $3.99
    AppStore User Rating: 5
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Mussila is an interactive and fun app that teaches little ones all about music. This isn’t your typical music app, as it offers not only instrument recognition activities, but also teaches children to begin reading and understand music progressively. The best part is that even children with little to no music experience can gain a ton of great information and fun using this app.

    Features include:

    • Instrument recognition
    • Interactive interface
    • Music creation and recording

    Quality

    There is no doubt that Mussila is a high quality app with its awesome graphics and engaging music and sound effects. Children are going to absolutely love playing with the various instruments, creating their own music, and interacting with the various musical monsters that star in this app. The developers have also done an excellent job making the app easy to use for children of all ages. The interface allows children to follow the numbered activity path to easily move through the various exercises as they play. Easy to use, engaging, and very well done.

    Education

    Mussila isn’t your typical music app as it offers children a great opportunity to learn and recognize a variety of instruments by their sound. It also includes activities for children to follow along and play songs as well as identify specific rhythms by reading notes. With a progressive learning experience, this app allows children to work their way through the app with activities increasing in difficulty and through experiential learning.

    Entertainment

    For music lovers, this app is highly entertaining. In addition to learning about various instruments and learning rhythms etc., players have the chance to customize their band, create music that they can record, and so much more. Mussila is educational and exceptionally engaging for children of all ages.

    Value

    Priced at just under six dollars this app is quite a bit more than parents might expect to pay for similar apps. While it is clear that the developers have put a lot of time and effort into this educational and engaging app, it seems to be a bit more expensive than many parents may want to pay. With that said it does offer experiential play and loads of educational information across 65 lessons so children are going to get a ton of playing and learning time out of the app.

    Child Friendliness

    Parents will most certainly appreciate the fact that this app is easy to use and totally safe for children of all ages. With simple tap and touch functioning, kids can easily move through the app while learning a bit more with each new lesson. The best part is that there are no distractions such as additional links, advertisements etc. that would take children away from the focus of the app.

    • NO social media
    • NO external links
    • NO in-app purchase
    • NO 3rd party ads

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    Henry the Little Fish

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    Summary
    Journey to the ocean to meet Henry, a little fish who wants to be everyone's friend, in the cute story Henry the Little Fish.
    4.2

    App Info

    Price: $2.99
    AppStore User Rating: 5
    Download on the App Store

    Overview

    Journey to the ocean where you’ll meet Henry a curious little fish who comes from a big family. Like many kids, Henry is attracted to colorful and shiny things. He also likes to make new friends. As they read through the story, kids will have fun playing with Henry and his friends. They’ll also discover that Henry is a lot like them.

    Features include:

    • Read to me and Read to Myself options
    • Interactive illustrations
    • Narrated text
    • Engaging story

    Quality

    This animated ebook features quality narration and illustrations. Henry is an adorable little fish and the other characters in the story are equally as cute. The app does suffer from a few quality issues. It takes a bit of time for the app itself to load and the narration does not always begin right away when kids swipe to the next page. Kids may also note a big of a lag when they tap on the treasure chest to see the animated component on each page.

    Education

    As kids read through the story, they’ll learn about different fish and the ocean. They’ll also learn about making new friends. Henry’s curiosity will encourage kids to not be afraid to ask, “Who are you?” and “Would you like to be my friend?”

    Through the Read to Me and Read to Myself options, kids can interact with the story on the level that is most appropriate for them. Those who opt to read the story themselves will find that it offers simple words and sentences, making it easy for first and second grade readers to experience success as they read.

    Entertainment

    Kids will enjoy reading through the story, especially if they like the ocean or a certain film series that features animated fish. The app offers a very cute story with a nice message for kids. Many kids will also enjoy the animations that accompany each page, although many of them are very simple and designed more for younger kids.

    Value

    This story is priced comparably to other animated ebooks of its length. It does lag a bit and could use some more exciting animations to truly make it a value in the marketplace.

    Child Friendliness

    All of the content in the app is appropriate for children. The app is free from ads, in-app purchases, external links, and does not even offer a protected parent area. As a result, kids will stay focused on the story.

    • NO external links
    • NO 3rd party ads
    • NO in-app purchase
    • NO social media

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