4.5 stars – excellent apps

snotandfluff
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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: 4.5
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

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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)

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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

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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)

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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)

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TwinGo London

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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: 5
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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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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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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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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Child Friendly
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

mussila
Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
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: $5.99
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

henrylittlefish

Henry the Little Fish

Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
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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Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Read-Kids Learn to Read and Write in 20 Lessons is an outstanding app that offers some simple, yet effective practice for early reading skills in the areas of phonics, sight word recognition, writing, and reading comprehension.
4.7

App Info

Price: $2.99
AppStore User Rating: 4.5
Download on the App Store

Overview

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.

Features include:

  • Combines whole language and phonics instructional methods
  • Offers 20 lessons with six parts
  • Offers dozens of supplemental lessons and activities
  • Familiarizes children with over 100 sight words
  • Choice of voice type and accent

Quality

Read-Kids Learn to Read and Write in 20 Lessons is a very high quality app. It is well organized and intuitive to use, and is perfect for the target audience of preschool and young elementary children. The app will keep track of multiple users’ progress through the exercises, though it does not provide information about performance, just completion. The exercises are colorful and clearly voiced. There are options in the settings section to control the pacing of the voice as well as the pitch. One minor drawback is that each exercise changes color scheme for print and background, and some of the combinations are relatively low contrast, making viewing somewhat difficult, particularly for students who have minor visual impairment.

Education

This app is a great introduction to the world of reading for preschoolers and young elementary students. It begins with lessons about the most common phonemes (sounds) of English, and introduces only five at a time in each lesson. Students move from identifying the sound to applying it to read syllables and words. The app also introduces 100 common sight words. By the time a student completes all 100 lessons and the companion supplemental activities, he or she should be reading at approximately the second grade level.

The app also includes a multitude of supplemental activities (including comprehension and writing exercises) that really enhance the lessons. Each activity has a selection of levels that correspond to the lessons introducing sounds. All in all, this app is very well suited to helping young children learn to read.

There is an explanatory section available with each lesson and each supplemental exercise that parents can access for further information and suggestions. These are quite helpful, and parents should consider looking them over.

Entertainment

This app isn’t intended to be flashy, but the reinforcement sequences do seem a bit more drab than they need to be. After each exercise, a piece of candy or other decoration at the bottom of the page lights up and the narrator gives a positive message. It might help if students were allowed to collect points or other motivators that gave them access to brief interactive games such as memory or a balloon-popping game.

Value

This app costs just $4.99 in the App Store, so it’s a huge value. Very few apps in this price range are as comprehensive, cover as much ground, and have comparable play value. If you have a preschooler or a young school-aged child, I highly recommend that you take a close look.

Child Friendliness

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

Moonlight
Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Moonlight Hide & Seek is an interesting storybook app with a mathematical twist. With great illustrations, a fun story, and a bit of subtraction practice too, this app is one that will keep little ones engaged while they learn.
4.5

App Info

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

Overview

Moonlight Hide & Seek puts a fun, educational twist on the traditional storybook app. This unique tale not only has a more handcrafted look, but also includes subtraction problems to keep children engaged and learning as they follow along. With lots of animals, great illustrations, and a unique set up, this storybook app is one children are going to love.

Features include:

  • Read to me/Read to myself
  • Subtraction
  • Hand crafted illustrations

Quality

It’s clear that the developers have put a lot of time and effort into the illustrations in this app. While not animated, the illustrations have a hand-drawn appeal that gives this app a ton of additional character and charm. The user interface for this app is also very well done with simple arrows to follow in order to turn the page and other tap and touch functioning to move through the story. With additional narration options, this app is great for children of all ages.

Education

Moonlight Hide & Seek doesn’t just provide children with a fun story about animals that come out at night, it also includes a bit of subtraction practice within the story. As readers move through the story, they get to select an animal and a number that helps dictate how the next part of the story will go. They are also provided with a subtraction problem as part of the story to keep them engaged and learning as they move through the story. This creative approach to learning provides an engaging experience that is great for young minds. Well done.

Entertainment

While there aren’t any specific entertainment only activities, this app is one that children will enjoy. The story is easy to follow and children have a chance to dictate how the story will go based on the animals they choose. With that said, it would add a bit more entertainment value to provide an additional gaming activity for readers to enjoy.

Value

Priced at just under two dollars, this app is a great deal. With narration options, math practice, and an engaging story as well, parents are going to be happy to find this app has a lot to offer.

Child Friendliness

Moonlight Hide & Seek is not only easy to use for children of all ages, but safe too. The added narration options allows young children to enjoy the story easily and the arrows at the bottom of each page makes it simple to move through the app. The developers have also done an excellent job making sure children are safe as there are no external links or parent only areas to worry about.

  • 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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Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Sago Mini Robot Party is an entertaining and creative app that will spark the imaginations of toddler and preschool users as well as encourage them to build self-expression skills and have a great time creating robots.
4.7

App Info

Price: $2.99
AppStore User Rating: 4.5
Download on the App Store

Overview

Sago Mini Robot Party allows young users to stretch their imaginations as they create literally billions of possible robots and then take the inventions to the Robot Party where they can make music, decorate cupcakes, swat at the piñata, and more.

Features include:

  • Easily mix and match robot parts to create an almost unlimited number of designs
  • Explore the party scenes and help the robot interact with the devices on the screen
  • Encourage young children to expand and use language and story-telling skills
  • Snap pictures of robots and save them in the Photos section
  • Play anytime and anywhere-app does not require an active internet connection

Quality

Sago Mini Robot Party is a wildly fun app for toddlers and preschoolers. The interface is intuitive, and kids will quickly figure out how to swap the various parts to create a new robot each time they play. Each screen is interactive, so there are lots of things to explore. The app includes a Parents’ section that will explain the value of this type of play. The one concern is that the “More Apps” section, called “Trucks and Diggers” in the lower right corner of the screen seemed to have some bugs in it-I tried it six separate times, and it opened correctly on two of those occasions. The other attempts hung up my device and showed the graphics at an extremely large size. It wasn’t a big concern, but since that section is easily accessible to the young players, it might be worth a look to find out what was going wrong.

Education

Sago Mini Robot Party is very educational in a free-form sort of a way. Children will love the independence of creating their very own robot figures each time they play, and then deciding what to have those characters do at the party. The app will certainly encourage language skills and storytelling, and with just a little guidance from a caring adult, can be a great boon to self-expression. It’s perfect for impromptu lessons on color, number, comparisons, same and different, and much more. Be sure to have the young users take time to name their robots and to describe both the appearance and the personalities of their creations. The app is designed to save each creation in the Photos section of the iPad, and so prized creations can be shared with others quite easily with just a little support from parents.

Entertainment

This app has so much potential to create so many different robots that it will be tough for kids to tire of it. Imaginative children will people entire worlds, I’m sure, and will have imaginary robots interacting with one another as they create new friends during each play session. Parents should consider printing out the pictures and allowing the child to use them to illustrate a book or a scene from a robot party. The possibilities are nearly endless.

Value

This app costs $2.99 in the App Store, and that’s a good value because kids are likely to return to it again and again. The robots are silly-looking and sure to please most children, and who doesn’t love being given artistic license to create an endless variety of anything? This app would be a great investment, especially for families that have multiple young children or classroom settings where many kids could enjoy creating robots

Child Friendliness

Sago Mini Robot Party is safe for children to use, but it does have an easily-accessible section of more apps by the same developer. This section includes videos that are essentially commercials that kids could watch on their own. All links in this section are well-protected, but the videos are certainly designed to intrigue kids and make them want to bug their parents to purchase other products.

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

monsterday
Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Highlights Monster Day is an exciting and highly engaging app for little ones that allows players to explore a typical day in the life of a monster. Highly engaging, fun to play and very easy to use for children of all ages.
4.5

App Info

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

Overview

Highlights Monster Day is a cute, interactive app that allows little ones to explore a typical day in the life of a monster. Children get to play with each monster from the time they wake up, through fun daily activities, and until they go to bed. Loaded with exciting interactive bits to explore, this app is highly engaging and fun for children of all ages.

Features include:

  • 5 Monsters to explore
  • 13 Daily activities
  • Photo feature

Quality

The developers have done an excellent job of making Highlights Monster Day engaging and fun to play. With lots of great monsters with tons of personality, fun sound effects, and interactive activities that children are going to love, this app is highly engaging for children of all ages. The user interface is also very intuitive and easy to use as it only requires a bit of tap and touch to play.

Education

While this isn’t your traditional educational app it does provide an opportunity for children to learn a bit about caring for others and moving through their daily routine. With activities like helping the monster wake up, to feeding him, and brushing his teeth, children are going to love all that this app has to offer.

Entertainment

There is no doubt that this app is highly entertaining and engaging for children of all ages. With loads of sound effects and fun activities to explore, players are going to love all that this app has to offer. From waking up their monster friend, to feeding him breakfast, doing fun school activities, and brushing his teeth, little ones are going to be entertained for hours with this app.

Value

Priced at just under three dollars, this app is priced well for what you get. With 5 monsters to explore, 13 fun activities, and endless hours of fun, parents can certainly appreciate the price tag for this app as it certainly won’t break the bank.

Child Friendliness

Highlights Monster Day is very easy to use for children of all ages and offers a highly intuitive user interface that allows little ones to move through the app with simple tap and drag functioning. Parents will also be happy to know that all external links and parent only areas are protected so children aren’t likely to get into the areas they don’t belong. Overall, this is a very child friendly app.

  • 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)

shapesbuilder
Quality
Edcation
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Shapes Builder is an easy to use, early learning app that uses geometric shapes and puzzles to help children practice their problem solving skills. Easy to use, fun, and perfect for children of all ages.
4.5

App Info

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

Overview

Shapes Builder is an early learning app that helps little ones work on their problem solving skills as they use geometric shapes to piece together fun puzzles. With a bit of magical play and wonderful graphics, this seemingly simple app will inspire and delight young minds as they play and learn on their own. Great for children of all ages.

Features include:

  • 36 Puzzles
  • Fun music and graphics
  • Easy to use

Quality

Shapes Builder is full of great graphics that come to life with a bit of magical play. The developers have done a great job overall of creating an app that offers both engaging and exciting music, illustrations, and a fun concept that is perfect for young users. The user interface is designed to allow young children to explore the app and piece together puzzles on their own without a ton of assistance from parents which is ideal. Very well done.

Education

Not only will children get a chance to learn a bit about various geometric shapes, they also get to work on their problem solving skills as they piece together various puzzles. Each activity offers an outline of an image and players must correctly place the geometric shapes that pop up in order to complete the puzzle. With fun images like castles, parrots, and other fun themes, this app offers lots of problem solving practice in an engaging environment.

Entertainment

While the main focus of this app is for educational purposes, it does offer a bit of magic and wonder as children complete each puzzle. After their puzzle is complete they can wave a fun magic wand to reveal a more real version of their puzzle as it comes to life. This little added bit of wonder goes a long way and will keep children engaged as they move onto the next puzzle.

Value

Priced at just under three dollars this app is one that offers great educational value at a price that won’t break the bank. While some parents might like to see some additional entertainment activities within the app, the 36 puzzles included offer lots of educational material that is really a great value.

Child Friendliness

The developers have done a great job keeping Shapes Builder easy to use for children of all ages. With simple drag and drop functioning and a very intuitive interface, little ones will have no trouble playing the app on their own. The developers have also done a good job keeping parent only buttons and links protected so children are safe.

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

peyote

Peyote

Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Explore Rainbow Town with Peyote, a little blue dog who loves music and adventure.
4.6

App Info

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

Overview

What kid wouldn’t love paying a visit to a place called Rainbow Town? In Peyote kids get to explore the colorful town as they interact with Peyote, a little blue dog, and his friends. From the moment ring the bell to let Peyote know they’ve arrived, kids are bound to have a lot of fun. They’ll make music, make their way through mazes, and enjoy many more entertaining activities.

Features include:

  • Interactive activities
  • Fun music
  • Entertaining animations
  • Non-verbal sound effects
  • Available in English and Turkish

Quality

Peyote features a bright, colorful landscape with peppy background music that will entice kids from the start. Flashing stars guide kids from activity to activity, so it’s easy for them to figure out what to do. The app features quality graphics and kids can zoom in and out of the landscape by tapping on the magnifying glass. It’s perfectly designed for little fingers.

Education

Developers have mixed some educational content into the app’s activities, but the educational games are not the focus of the app. A few activities have kids count, put together puzzles, and locate shapes, but the majority of the app focuses on encouraging kids to explore the world that Peyote lives in. Some may wish for more educational activities, while others will appreciate the fact that kids will simply complete the activities without realizing they’re learning something.

Entertainment

Peyote is definitely designed to be fun for kids. As they walk along the road with Peyote, they’ll discover a wealth of activities to enjoy. While all of the activities are fun and appropriate for kids, there are some that are not very interactive. Instead of completing puzzles or playing games, kids simply tap on most of the stars to reveal a sound or a funny animation. Many of the activities are also spread out along the road. While kids may not mind the lack of interactivity in some areas, they might get bored walking along the road in search of the next activity. When kids close the app and return to it, they start back at the beginning. This may prove a bit frustrating for kids who have already walked a long way with Peyote or want to quickly return to a favorite activity.

Value

The app’s price is comparable to similar apps. It may be worth a purchase for toddlers and preschoolers who will enjoy the musical components and silly animations more than older kids who desire more interactive activities.

Child Friendliness

The app is free from ads and in-app purchase. A protected parent area contains the terms of use and links to the app store. Otherwise, all of the content in the app is geared toward kids and easy for them to use.

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

veggiesand fruits
Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Veggies & Fruits offers a fun way for little ones to get excited about and learn a variety of vegetables and fruits through exciting activities. Simple to use and great for children of all ages.
4.3

App Info

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

Overview

Veggies & Fruits is a cute early learning app that teaches children a variety of fruits and vegetables with fun games and activities. This bilingual app includes fun illustrations of each fruit and vegetable as well as the name of each to help players learn through sight, sound, and reading. With interactive games to test what they’ve learned, this app provides simple entertainment for children of all ages.

Features include:

  • English & French
  • 4 Activities
  • Flashcards

Quality

The developers have done a great job making this app fun and easy to use. With simple cartoon illustrations, realistic sound effects, and an easy to use interface, Veggies & Fruits is one app that children of all ages can play and enjoy. With simple tap and drag functioning and narration throughout, this app makes it easy for children to learn and have fun.

Education

The main object of this app is to teach children a variety of vegetables and fruits by using pictures and narrated words. The flashcard exercise allows little ones to scroll through each fruit and veggie in order to see the image and learn the name. The developers have also added a bilingual function so children can learn the names in English and French. Another great addition to the app is the quiz activity that allows children to test what they’ve learned by selecting the correct image based on the word the narrator says.

Overall the educational value in this app is very good. The only thing that is a bit puzzling is the usage of the word ‘ananas’ for pineapple in the English portion of the app. This could be confusing for children as it’s not the typical name that is used in English.

Entertainment

The developers have also done a great job including entertainment pieces in the app that children will love. With activities like the memory match game, puzzles, and coloring pages to enjoy, children will not only be learning the names of each fruit and veggie, but they can play too! The quiz activity can also be fun for children to test their knowledge and what they have learned.

Value

With an investment of just under three dollars this app is priced very well for the value you receive. With so many activities, flashcards, and the ability to learn in English and French, this app provides not only great educational material, but a ton of entertainment as well. Parents will certainly be happy with all that this app has to offer at a price that won’t break the bank.

Child Friendliness

Overall the developers have done a nice job keeping this app simple to use for children of all ages. With simple tap and drag functioning and narration throughout, little ones are sure to be able to play the app without much assistance from parents. One thing parents will want to be aware of however, is the fact that it does include external links under the ‘?’ button. This button provides access to additional information about the developers as well as unprotected buttons that take players out of the app. These buttons should really be located under a protected parent area especially since young children will be using this app the most.

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

IQSafariMATH_icon512x512
Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
IQ Safari MATH is an outstanding app for providing finely-tuned computation practice at the elementary levels (simple addition through division with five digit numbers) in an upbeat and friendly way. Kids will love the array of awards and incentives, so they just may forget that they are learning!
4.9

App Info

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

Overview

IQ Safari Math is an engaging and fast-paced review of basic math concepts from simple addition through complex division. It also covers rounding, counting and place value.

Features include:

  • Multiple user accounts
  • Customizable avatar
  • Unlockable levels
  • Admin mode to access user records
  • Six languages

Quality

IQ Safari MATH is a very high quality app that exceeds expectations on nearly every front. The app performs well for users and includes several creative practice activities. It’s a real plus to have multi-user record-keeping, making the app very useful for classroom settings. The app moves users along in a progressive fashion, as they are successful, but adults can access the admin section to unlock upper levels for students who don’t need to progress through them. The app could use a more detailed parent/teacher guide, so that users could more easily and quickly find features and learn how to use the app.

Education

This app offers outstanding coverage of basic computation skills as well as several related concepts such as place value and rounding. It provides several different practice options as well as a testing mode for each skill, and includes a number of levels that will suit nearly any learner in elementary school. There are nine levels, beginning with simple basic addition facts and progressing through challenging long division problems involving numbers in the ten thousands. There are three modes of play: Lessons, test, and games, as well as a practice section that is individualized to the given player’s current level. Lessons offer problems in increasing order of difficulty with multiple choice options. Tests are timed and require speedy work as well as the ability to switch back and forth between problem types and formats. The games section has three different games that also adjust to the player’s level: Treasure Hunt, Bubble Pop, and Memory Cards. All involve some sort of matching problems and correct answers.

Entertainment

IQ Safari MATH has many features that will keep kids coming back for more practice and learning. Players get to choose their avatar, which is fun. High performance earns stars that lead to earning up to thirty different “achievements. Accuracy on problems also gives players puzzle pieces which automatically assemble into one of sixty collectable cards. These awards are all accessible by players and can be collected and monitored.

Value

This app costs $2.99 in the App Store, and it’s an outstanding value. It includes enough range to be useful for nearly any elementary student, and could also be used for middle school students who need to review basic skills and build speed and accuracy. Combined with the kid-pleasing reward systems, it will be tough to beat this app for focused, no-frills computation practice.

Child Friendliness

This app is very child-friendly. The parents’ area is unprotected, but does not include any outside links.

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

bluebird
Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Blue Bird Academy is an early learning app that provides little ones with an engaging way to learn the alphabet, shapes, numbers, and other objects. Simple, educational, and easy to use.
4.5

App Info

Price: $2.99
AppStore User Rating: 4.5
Download on the App Store

Overview

Blue Bird Academy is an easy to use early learning app that aids children in learning the alphabet, shapes, numbers, and other objects to prep them for school. This app offers simple music and an engaging playing area that is safe for children of all ages to use.

Features include:

  • 5 Language options
  • 4 Learning activities
  • Easy to use

Quality

Blue Bird Academy is a simple to use early learning app that is perfect for young children of all ages. The developers have done a great job keeping the app easy to use as it offers simple swipe functioning for children to uncover the the pictures for each learning activity. The background music and narration used throughout also adds to the overall quality of the app making it engaging without being overwhelming for kids.

Education

This app is really designed to give children a fun way to learn skills and concepts they will use once they enter school. With four activities including the alphabet, shapes, numbers, and objects/concepts, players have lots of material to learn within the app. The concept is quite simple for children of all ages to use which is great. As players enter the app they can select an activity/subject area and within the activity they swipe the screen in order to see the image beneath. This app also includes narration which adds an additional auditory element to the learning process which is great.

One thing that would take the educational value to the next level in this app would be to add an option to show the word at the bottom of each image to add a visual learning component. This would allow older children to get some practice with word recognition prior to entering Kindergarten and would a bit more educational value to the app as well.

Entertainment

While this app is more specifically an educational app, it doesn’t have much of entertainment component other than the additional images section that are a bit more vibrant in color. It would be nice to have some simple animation or a game activity that children can enjoy in addition to the educational material.

Value

Priced at just under two dollars this app is priced well for what you get. With 5 different languages included along with 4 learning activities and the easy to use interface, parents will appreciate the value they are getting in this app without a hefty price.

Child Friendliness

Parents will also be happy to know that this app is easy to use for children of all ages and is also very safe. All parent gateways are completely protected so children won’t be getting into any areas they shouldn’t. There are also no ads or other links to distract little ones from the activities included. Overall , very child friendly app.

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

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Summary
Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System is an educational and entertaining app that offers a close look at the sun and each of the eight planets in the solar system using fun facts, graphics and infographics, games and activities.
4.9

App Info

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

Overview

Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System is an informative app that goes over basic facts and information about the sun and planets that make up our solar system. It includes informational graphics, interactive screens, and games to help players remember the information.

Features include:

  • Detailed diagrams and infographics of each planet
  • “Unzip” feature gives access to the inner workings of each planet
  • Challenging games to encourage memory and learning
  • Motivational activities keep kids playing longer
  • Information suitable for multiple levels of learning

Quality

Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System is a very high-quality app. It’s responsive and every features works seamlessly. Players can easily swipe between planets and features, moving from learning to playing modes effortlessly. The app supports records for multiple players and includes a protected parents’ area that will help adults uncover the various features of the app, as well.

Education

This app provides outstanding coverage of topics related to the solar system, sun and planets. It makes a great introduction for younger students, a fantastic review for students in upper elementary grades and middle school, and a fun pastime for any space nerd that you may have in your household. The information presented ranges from the very basic to rather complex, such as the layers of the sun and the workings of solar flares, all in bite-sized nuggets that will capture nearly any young astronomer’s interest.

Each section features facts about the planet, an “unzip” feature where players can open up the planet and see what’s inside, fun activities such as birthing a new star or calculating your age in Mercury years, and a game to encourage memory for the information presented. Players are rewarded within the game, they earn stars for completing sections, and they also are allowed to earn pieces to build their own rocket ships.

One suggestion for developers: the reading level in some of the sections of this app is on the high side for younger users. It would be really helpful to set up a glossary where users can touch an unfamiliar word to see its meaning, and to create a “read to me” option that will open the app to struggling or inexperienced readers.

Entertainment

Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System is quite fun to play with since it includes so many motivating activities and rewards. Any student who has an interest in space will be fascinated. It was a great idea to include an activity and a game within each section! Reluctant learners would benefit from some additional game activities, maybe a game that ties everything together as well.

Value

This app costs $2.99 in the App Store, which is a great value. The app makes a great reference and study tool for the subject matter, plus it’s just plain fun. Kids, especially kids with an interest in space, are likely to return again and again.

Child Friendliness

This app is very child friendly. The parent area is protected by an age question, which a persistent child might figure out how to open, but it’s not likely that the kids will be that determined.

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

wordmatch2

Spelling Bug: Word Match

Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Practice your spelling words with a fun matching game in Spelling Bug: Word Match.
4.4

App Info

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

Overview

If you’re looking for a fun way to get kids to practice their spelling words, look no further than Spelling Bug: Word Match. This educational app combines spelling practice with a fun matching game. Kids can match their spelling words by picture, word, sound, and letter outline. The app comes with word lists and adults can add customized word lists to help take kids’ practice even further.

Features include:

  • Create customizable word lists
  • Record word pronunciations
  • Play in multiple ways
  • Track progress

Quality

One area where the app could stand a bit of improvement is in its quality. It features the bright colors and cute graphics kids enjoy, but the graphics could stand to be refined a bit. It’s clear the images used on the flashcards are from free clip art banks and many do not appear centered on the cards. Despite the lack of quality in the graphics, the app runs well and includes other neat features, such as the ability to track kids’ scores as they complete matching games and the ability to record the pronunciation for each word. Words from lists that come ore-loaded in the app already contain crisp, clear audio pronunciations, but adults can choose to record their own if they wish.

Education

Kids can practice matching spelling words on lists pre-loaded in the app or custom words added by an adult. The pre-loaded lists include essential words, 1st grade words, 2nd grade words, and Easter words. Each word is accompanied by an image and an audio pronunciation. In the matching game, kids can also match identical words instead of pictures or block outlines of the words. While the block outlines are a unique way to encourage kids to remember the spelling of the words, they seem somewhat confusing and unnecessary for kids. If adults choose to add custom word lists, they can add up to 50 words, but are not able to add pictures to accompany the words which limits the types of matches kids can make.

When it comes to making matches, kids can choose how many cards appear on the screen at once. They can also compete at different levels. For the pre-loaded word lists, this means kids see shorter, less difficult words first and move up to more difficult words as they advance through the levels.

Entertainment

Despite their simplicity, kids tend to really enjoy matching games. This app enhances the matching experience by allowing kids to match the words to different attributes, so they may go through multiple levels matching pictures, and then try to challenge themselves by going through multiple levels by trying to match outlines. The app provides kids with positive reinforcement at the end of each level and gives them a rating of 1-3 stars and a points total to encourage them to do better. If kids earn enough points, they can color in fun bug pictures.

Value

For the price, kids can access four pre-loaded spelling lists and add custom word lists. While this may seem like a good value, the app could include a few additional word lists, better quality graphics, and the ability to add images to custom words to help make it worth the price.

Child Friendliness

Adults will be happy to note that the app is free from in-app purchases, ads, and other non-child friendly content. The settings area allows kids to control the sound effects, track progress, and add to custom word lists or change word pronunciations.

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

Easy swimmer
Quality
Education
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Easy Swimmer-Starfish is the first in a series of five apps that help parents teach their kids how to swim. This step-by-step approach is easy to use and follow making it great for parent to follow along.
4.5

App Info

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

Overview

Easy Swimmer-Starfish is the first step in a five step app series that helps parents teach their little ones how to swim. This first app is specifically designed to help children ages 4-5 to get acclimated to the water and get comfortable so they can prepare themselves for the remaining lessons.

Features include:

  • 2 Levels
  • 3 Lessons within each level
  • Easy to follow

Quality

Easy Swimmer-Starfish comes equipped easy to follow videos with narrated instructions that make it easy for children and parents to follow along. The user interface is quite intuitive and allows parents to check off each lesson as it is completed. The developers have also done a great job making this app simple, effective, and full of information that is helpful for parents who are teaching their children to swim on their own.

Education

The purpose of this app is to provide a step-by-step system to introduce children to water and to begin to teach children the basics before they learn to swim. This particular app is the first in the series of five apps to teach children to swim and it concentrates on getting children comfortable with the water. Exercises like putting your face in the water, going underwater completely, and learning to go underwater and open your eyes are some of the lessons included. The developers have also added an equipment list as well as an ‘advice’ section to help support parents as they move through the app. Overall, the educational info included is very well done.

Entertainment

Not rated for entertainment.

Value

Priced at just under three dollars, this app is priced well for what you receive. With 2 levels and 3 lessons for each level (plus 4 activities within each lesson), parents are going to have a lot of help to teach their little ones how to swim. Each lesson also comes equipped with a fun game that parents can play with their kids to try what they have learned.

Child Friendliness

Since this app is primarily for parents to teach their children to swim, this is not an app that children will be playing on their own. With that said, it is child friendly and does not have any external links or in app purchases to worry about.

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

savethepark
Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Save the Park is an app that combines education and entertainment by using a fun runners-game to teach children the importance of doing their part to keep our parks safe and clean. This app is a great learning tool to be used at home or in the classroom.
4.6

App Info

Price: Free
AppStore User Rating: 4.5
Download on the App Store

Overview

Save the Park is a highly entertaining and educational gaming app that teaches children the importance of taking care of our environment and forests in a variety of ways. Not only does this app offer loads of fun facts for children to learn about various national parks, but it also includes a hands-on learning tool for children to understand the importance of caring for our parks and natural reserves. With a variety of characters, games, and fun hidden objects to find, this app does a great job of helping educating players while keeping them entertained.

Features include:

  • 4 Volunteer profiles
  • 3 Environments to explore
  • 25 Secret items to find
  • Runners game set-up

Quality

Save the Park is definitely one of the higher quality apps that I have seen that effortlessly weaves in educational information in an highly engaging game for kids. With an easy to use interface, great graphics, and an engaging game for children to enjoy, this app has it all. While the app does take some coordination, once children get the hang of using the controls and moving the various players around, they are going to have a ton of fun.

Education

The concept behind this app is to teach children the importance of saving our environments and particularly our national parks. Each volunteer has a series of challenges and tasks that players must help them with. They include helping visitors, posting important flyers, planting trees and protecting the natural habitats throughout the game. The developers have also included fun facts about various parks and reserves that children can read between game screens as they move through the app which is nice.

Entertainment

Save the Park is designed in such a way that children can easily learn about how to improve our environment, while at the same time giving them a fun outlet to play. The games are set up with 4 different profiles that can be unlocked by completing each previous task. Players must move through each activity by helping their volunteer achieve their given tasks such as posting flyers, cleaning up the park or helping visitors. With other fun items to find and additional environments to explore, this app offers loads of fun.

Value

What’s better than being able to play and learn about saving the environment? Being able to do that for free. Parents will be happy to know that this app is completely free which is an absolute steal considering the value included here.

Child Friendliness

While the majority of the app is completely safe and easy to use for children of all ages, there is one area that parents will want to be aware of and that is the ‘volunteer’ button. This button is not protected and includes a link to learn more info on how you can volunteer and help in your area. Since this is a kids app it would be best for it to be a protected link so young children don’t end up in places they shouldn’t be. With that said, the rest of the app is easy to use and great for children of all ages.

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

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Summary
A Little Goat Builds the World is a unique and fun ebook designed for young children with some surprising features that will intrigue and delight readers.
4.7

App Info

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

Overview

A Little Goat Builds the World is an interactive ebook designed to intrigue young children. Pages turn with a swipe of the finger, but users are in for a great surprise. This ebook turns the top halves of pages separately from the bottom halves, making a much more intricate story that will be new and different nearly every time you read it.

Features include:

  • Interactive, non-linear story
  • Hidden interactions
  • Various types of interactions to build fine motor skills
  • Elegant illustrations
  • Engaging music, sound effects and prose

Quality

A Little Goat Builds the World is a high-quality interactive ebook designed for young children. Developers built some creative features into the design of this app, particularly the page arrangement. The top half and bottom half of the pages are controlled separately, creating dozens of possible storylines. That in itself is a marvel! In addition, the app features hidden interactions on each page and more. The two drawbacks that I noticed, however, were that there does not seem to be any sort of exit button or system, and there is not a clear set of directions so that adults can guide and assist children effectively. This book is so unusual that parents may need a little help in understanding how to use it effectively with their kids.

Education

A Little Goat Builds the World is designed for young children to enjoy. The split page arrangement means that children can swipe tops and bottoms of pages in any order to create new paths through the story. As different page halves are paired together, the text changes to make the page stand together as a whole, so there are countless possibilities, and it will definitely take a while for children to uncover all of the possible pieces to the story. The rhyming text has a pleasant, lilting quality when read aloud, making it great to share with pre-readers.

Each page of the ebook also includes hidden interactions that encourage youngsters to explore using various types of fine motor skills, including swiping, rotating, dragging, and more. One concern, however, is that some of the interactions are very difficult to find, and kids may overlook them. Developers should consider including a parents’ guide to ensure that hurried parents know how to get the most out of the app. It would also be nice if the book had an optional read-aloud system so younger kids could enjoy the story along with the interactions even if they can’t read.

Entertainment

This unique ebook will really appeal to young users because of the unusual set up of the pages and story. It will seem like the book is different each time they read through it, which will add to the play value. The interactions are fun, as well. For example, there is a spot where users can drag the wind to blow on the napping goat, waking him with a tumble that little children will find irresistible.

Value

This app is priced at $1.99 in the App Store, and it’s a good value. Children are likely to return to it again and again because of the changing nature of the story. The only drawback is that some of the app’s features are challenging to find, so if a child is not a diligent explorer, they may well be overlooked, and the app relegated to the “boring” list when it should not be.

Child Friendliness

This app is very child-friendly. The link to the online privacy policy is effectively concealed behind a parent gate that requires reading and comprehension of unusual directions.

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

seterra

Seterra Geography

Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Travel around the world and improve your knowledge of world geography all from the comfort of your own home with Seterra Geography.
4.4

App Info

Price: $0.99
AppStore User Rating: 4.5
Download on the App Store

Overview

How well do you know your world maps and flags? Find out your geography IQ when you play Seterra Geography. The app, which is available in five different languages, allows you to select different continents and countries to focus on as you put your geography knowledge to the test. Don’t know a lot about geography? The app also include a learn mode to help you build up your knowledge before you jump into a game. So what are you waiting for? Start testing and building your geography knowledge today!

Features include:

  • Identify countries
  • Locate states and territories
  • Discover natural landmarks
  • Play in five different languages
  • Track your progress

Quality

Seterra Geography is a very simple app. On the main screen, users see icons to take them to maps or flags. After choosing what to focus on, they’re shown a list of continents. Choosing a continent brings up a more specific list of continents. For example, selecting North American maps will bring up a list of North American Countries, North American Lakes, U.S. State Capitols, and a large selection of other continent-specific maps. Once users select an area to focus on they’re given the option to learn or play. Both modes consist of simply backgrounds with dots or flags that users can tap to identify them. The app tracks users’ high scores and the progress they have made in each continent.

Education

There are two main parts to the app: learn and play. Whether identifying countries, capitals, or flags, users can choose to interact with the app in learn or play mode. Both modes are very similar. In learn mode, users see a map with dots on it or a screen full of flags. Tapping on a dot or a flag reveals the name of the state, country, or capital associated with it. In play mode, users see the same screen and are told to find a particular location or flag. If they incorrectly identify the location or flag, they’re shown the name of the one they identified. For example, if you must identify Columbia, South Carolina, but tap on Raleigh, North Carolina, then Raleigh will appear next to the dot. At the end of each quiz, users are shown their score for the round. While the quizzes aren’t particularly innovative or entertaining, they offer a solid way to build basic geography knowledge.

Entertainment

One of the few downsides to Seterra Geography is that it’s not very entertaining for those who may not enjoy putting their geography knowledge to the test. Most quizzes feature a green map with little white dots and users must tap on the correct dot. In the flags section, users simply see a list of flags and must tap on the correct one. None of this is terribly exciting, but it is a good way to build recognition. The app does build in a bit of intrinsic motivation by tracking progress and allowing users to enter their names to appear on the high score charts.

Value

This app is full of geography quizzes that cover both U.S. and world geography. It also offers quizzes to test users’ knowledge of world flags. Because of the amount of content and the ability to track progress over time, this app offers much more than a one-time use and is worth a download.

Child Friendliness

In the settings area, users can turn the sound effects on and off and change the language. The settings area also contains links to share the app and send feedback. Neither is protected by a parental lock. After completing a quiz, users also have the option to share their score and this feature is also not protected by a parental lock.

  • NO 3rd party ads
  • NO in-app purchase
  • YES Send Feedback (not protected)
  • YES Share App (not protected)

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Veggie Bottoms Kitchen

Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Head into the kitchen and get cooking with the Chef Monty in Veggie Bottoms Kitchen. Discover lots of healthy recipes too.
4.5

App Info

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

Overview

Chef Monty’s kitchen is open for business! Kids can enter Chef Monty’s kitchen and create their own new smoothie recipes using a variety of ingredients. A brussel sprouts, peanut, lemon, kiwi smoothie? A pear, blueberry, kiwi, asparagus smoothie? Anything is possible in the kitchen. Kids can mix and match fruits and veggies to try to unlock Chef Monty’s recipes. When they’re done making smoothies, they can also view a host of real recipes to try out in the kitchen (with a grown-up’s help, of course).

Features include:

  • Create your own smoothies
  • Learn fruit and vegetable facts
  • Unlock smoothie recipes
  • Discover nut-free, egg-free, dairy-free, and vegan recipes

Quality

Veggie Bottoms Kitchen is organized into two different sections: Test Kitchen and Chef’s Kitchen. Arrow icons help kids easily navigate from one area to the next. On each screen, kids will also see a question mark. Tapping on that question mark will reveal detailed instructions for each page. As kids play, they’ll encounter quality animations and fun sound effects. There are a couple awkward components. For example, when kids add a fruit to their smoothie, the boy in the app shares a fact about the fruit, but he reads the fact in some sort of gibberish. Kids must read the text bubble to know what he said. The app can also feel a bit buys at times. There is a lot of small text on the screen and, on the smoothie screen, kids are shown an additional button to explore recipes featuring one of the ingredients in the smoothie. Overall, the app is well organized and features quality animations, but a few components, such as the text size and extra buttons, could be improved.

Education

This app is designed to teach kids about cooking and provide a subtle message about healthy eating. Kids can make their own combinations of smoothies by dragging four different ingredients into the boxes. As they drag the ingredients, they also learn facts about each fruit and vegetable. For example, kiwi grow on vines and chard contains Vitamin K. Unfortunately these facts are read aloud in some gibberish language. Although the facts also appear in English in a text bubble, it would benefit kids to be able to hear the facts aloud.

In addition to teaching kids about fruits and vegetables, the app also provides kids with tons of recipes that they can make in their own kitchen. When kids finish making their smoothie, they are asked if they want to see a list of recipes featuring one of the ingredients in that smoothie. For example, they may see recipes that feature brussel sprouts or recipes that feature lemons. Kids can also access recipes in the Chef’s Kitchen. There they can organize the recipes by dietary restriction. Kids can discover dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, and vegan recipes. This makes the app a great resource for parents of kids who have severe food allergies or who choose to live a vegan lifestyle.

Entertainment

Kids will have fun putting together smoothies and trying to guess Chef Monty’s recipes. Chef Monty’s reactions to their concoctions will amuse kids and entice them to create even zanier combinations. Kids who enjoy cooking with also find it fun to discover new recipes in the app and try making them in their own kitchen.

Value

The real value in this app comes from the collection of recipes it contains. Parents who want their kids to eat healthier or who have kids with food allergies may find that the app helps get their kids more excited about healthy eating and cooking.

Child Friendliness

Parents will find a “Rate Me” line on the main screen of the app, but access to the actual rating screen is protected by a parental lock. The app also contains a credits screen and help buttons that simply describe how kids can interact with each page. All of the content in the app is child friendly. However, the recipes the app contains are designed for kids to make with parental supervision.

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

aba
Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Summary
ABA Preferences is a great tool to help teachers, parents, caregivers, and others who work with special needs individuals to understand their students’ and clients’ preferences. This information can be very useful in designing effective learning and behavior management interventions.
4.8

App Info

Price: $0.99
AppStore User Rating: 5
Download on the App Store

Overview

ABA Preference provides an organized and reliable system for discovering rewards and reinforcers that are preferred by students or clients with disabilities. It does not require language skills, and only minimal motor control, and can be used with nearly any individual.

Features include:

  • Easy, accurate assessment of preferences
  • Provides percentage scores to compare reinforcers’ value
  • Easily create and share reports
  • Use your own pictures
  • Intuitive interface

Quality

ABA Preferences is a high-quality app that will provide reliable and accurate information about a student’s or client’s preferences. The interface is intuitive and works quickly and well. The app accesses pictures on your device as stimuli, so everything can easily be individualized. Record, save, and share information for multiple clients.

Education

Special education professionals know that many individuals learn best when they use a tangible reward system. This is particularly true with lower functioning clients and those with autism. However, language and cognitive impairments can make it difficult to figure out what items have value to the clients. ABA Preferences solves this problem by presenting pictures of possible reinforcers and having the client choose which they prefer. It’s activated with a simple touch, and no language skills at all are necessary. On the other hand, if a student or client does not have motor skills to voluntarily touch the screen, the teacher can ask which they prefer and touch for them.

The app presents pairs of pictures from the master group, and compares the number of times the pictures are chosen to calculate a percentage of value from the given group. For example, if the master group contains pictures of a dog, a campfire, flowers, and a rocketship, these pictures are presented in pairs and the client indicates which is preferable or which they are most interested in. The app returns a percentage that indicates how interested the client is in each picture. In the above example, the client preferred dogs 100% of the time and campfire 85% of the time. This information would be useful in planning the client’s educational program, because the teacher could know that the client has a strong preference for dogs as opposed to rocket ships. Real dogs, toy dogs, pictures of dogs, or even dog stickers might be useful to reward success at learning tasks.

Entertainment

This app isn’t really intended to be entertaining, but clients are likely to enjoy choosing pictures they find most interesting, given that the teacher put in valuable pictures in the first place. Most people like to exercise control over their lives, and this app could be perceived as a way to show that kind of control.

Value

This app costs $0.99 in the App Store and includes credits to do five preference assessments. Additional credits can be purchased at a cost of one for ninety-nine cents, ten for six dollars and ninety-nine cents, or a premium package of unlimited credits for nine dollars and ninety-nine cents monthly. It would be easy to find out if the app will fulfill a need in your program, but the per credit cost for assessments seems a little higher than many will want to pay, particularly if they are parents working with a single child or a classroom teacher working with a small number of children. I wish there was a time-based model that would be appropriate for use in families or small programs where a small number of credits could be added after a few months to accommodate parents and teachers who would like to keep current on their student’s or child’s preferences but who do not want to spend a lot of money. It might also be effective to charge more for the app and allow unlimited use.

Child Friendliness

This app is not intended for use by children.

  • Tutorial area
  • NO social media
  • NO 3rd party ads
  • YES in app purchase

blabla
Quality
Education
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Bla Bla Box is an easy to use early learning app that helps children combine letters together to learn sounds, syllables, and words. This app is perfect for early readers!
4.9

App Info

Price: $2.99
AppStore User Rating: 4.5
Download on the App Store

Overview

Bla Bla Box is a unique and fun, early learning app that helps early readers piece together the sounds of the alphabet in order to create various words. While the concept is simple, the possibilities within this app are endless. With each new letter combination, children learn not only the sounds of each letter, but they also begin to learn how to piece words together to assist them in spelling and reading. Bla Bla Box is a fabulous app for early readers.

Features include:

  • Easy to use
  • Wonderful graphics
  • Fun sound effects

Quality

There is no doubt that a lot of time and effort went into making Bla Bla Box a hands-on learning app for children to enjoy. The image quality and fun sound effects that are used within the app are engaging and fun for children to hear as they play. The concept is very simple and the user interface makes it easy for children to tap and drag various letters to the screen in order to build and spell new words. Overall this app is one of the higher quality apps that I have seen.

Education

Children are going to get a ton of educational value out of this app. In addition to learning the sound each letter makes, players have the chance to begin learning how to sound out words as they create them. The concept is simple as children drag and drop letters into the playing area where they will hear the sound of the letter. When two or more letters are combined, the narrator repeats the sound of those letters together to help children learn to sound out various words as they are spelled. With seemingly endless words to create, this app is offers a great way for early readers to get a bit more practice with spelling and reading. Very well done!

Entertainment

Not rated for entertainment.

Value

Priced at just under three dollars, this app is a very good deal. Parents who are working with their children on learning to read, this app can really come in handy with even just a few minutes of play each day. There is no limit to the words that can be spelled and with a bit of parent participation, this app can be a great additional tool to help children learn to read and spell. One thing to note is that the app offers additional languages to try, however once you select your original language, other languages are an additional cost of just under two dollars. Because other apps offer this function for free, some parents may not want to buy additional languages.

Child Friendliness

Parents will be happy to know that this app is not only easy to use, but it is safe too. While there are a few parent only gateways, they are 100% protected and there are no additional links or ads to distract children from the learning activities. The user interface is also very easy to use and requires children to simply drag and drop letters on the playing area to build new words. In the event children get stuck and need a little help, there is a help button in the playing area that illustrates how to use the app. Overall, this app is very child friendly and great for kids of all ages.

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

cygnus
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Education
Entertainment
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Child Friendly
Summary
Ready, Jet, Go! Space Explorer is a free app from PBS Kids that will get kids interested in the stars, constellations, and other aspects of the nighttime sky. With four modes of play, there’s something here for everyone, but the most exciting part is the app’s capability to “see” what is in the sky above the user and allow users to learn about objects in the sky that they can really see right now.
4.6

App Info

Price: Free
AppStore User Rating: 3
Download on the App Store

Overview

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.

Features include:

  • Includes over 300 planet and constellation facts to explore
  • See real-world positions of the stars overhead by pointing and tilting the device
  • Create vivid “space art” by coloring and painting a masterpiece
  • Earn badges for playing games
  • See and hear facts and jokes about space

Quality

Ready, Jet, Go! Space Explorer is a very high quality app that works as intended. The app is fairly intuitive to use and will be enjoyed by preschool children on up. It includes a handy parents corner that has detailed explanations about how to use the app, which many will find helpful. The app uses swipe motions to move the view of the night sky around, and it can get quite confusing because things can rotate in unusual ways. It would be nice to have some way to reorient the screen when desired so users could get their bearings if they become lost.

Education

This app is highly educational. Younger children are likely to enjoy it most if they have an older partner or mentor, though, because it can get a bit confusing and frustrating. Some constellations have the outlines drawn and explanations of the meaning of names, locations, and fun facts available, but not all. Also, there is not a lot of indication about where to find specific constellations relative to one’s position on Earth. Locations are given solely in terms of proximity to other constellations, which may or may not be helpful to users.

It would also be very useful for the app to distinguish between constellations typically visible to the user and those that are only visible in other parts of the world, such as the Southern Cross.

Entertainment

Ready, Jet, Go! Space Explorer is a lot of fun to use. It will make exploring the local night sky a snap since it uses location and device positioning to show exactly what is up above, with explanations and illustrations. The app includes a painting section, where users can create their own constellation illustrations, which is an enjoyable pastime. There is also a hide and seek game where the main character, Jet, takes off into space and hides, giving clues related to constellations and planets to help users locate him. This activity is quite challenging, especially for younger users. In fact, I was not able to successfully locate him on several different trials, I suspect because of my lack of familiarity with the constellations. It would be a good idea to use the app for a bit in other ways before trying this activity, particularly if the user can be easily frustrated.

Value

This app is free in the App Store, so it’s an outstanding value! It provides comprehensive information about the stars, constellations and planets, it’s engaging and fun to use, and it has several different play modes.

Child Friendliness

This app is very child-friendly. The parents’ area is not protected, but it does not have any links or other troublesome material.

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

homey
Quality
Education
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Keep your home clean and organized with this simple to use chore app. Homey is great organizational tool for families!
4.4

App Info

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

Overview

Homey is a unique chore app designed to help get every member of the family on the same page when it comes to taking care of the household responsibilities. With the ability to set up your household and unique chores for each member of the family, this app offers a great alternative to the traditional app chart. It includes leader boards, pre-loaded chore tasks, and the ability to take pictures of the tasks when they are complete in order to help households keep up with the ever-growing list of chores.

Features include:

  • Pre-loaded chore lists based on room
  • Multiple profiles
  • Easy to use

Quality

While the set up is fairly simple, Homey may take some getting used to in order to effectively utilize the app. Upon set-up, users create a list of tasks or chores and profiles for everyone in the family that might be using the app. Users then assign the tasks with corresponding due dates so everyone knows when their task is due. At a glance, users are able to see what is due and when as well as what has already been completed. While there isn’t much by way of illustrations and sound effects, users are able to add their own images for chores assigned and completed.

Education

While this isn’t a specifically educational app, it does provide an opportunity for children to take on more responsibility on the home front in a more organized and streamlined way. Parents have the ability of setting up specific profiles for family members and assigning the specific tasks to each member with a due date. There is also a fun leader board that allows parents to see who has completed the most tasks at any given time which can add a bit of a competitive edge to doing chores.

With more families and children having access to their own mobile devices, this app allows users to load the app on their device and keep track of the items on their own to-do list with a glance. As a learning tool for taking on more responsibility at home, this is a great app.

Entertainment

Not rated for entertainment.

Value

Parents will be happy to know they can keep their home organized and chaos-free with Homey and it won’t cost them a single penny. This organizational chore app is completely free and a great way for families to share the responsibilities at home and for parents to teach children a bit about caring for their space.

Child Friendliness

While young users may have a bit of trouble getting the most value out of the app, it is a great tool for families with elementary aged children on up. At a glance children and parents can both see what tasks need to be done and in what time frame with relative ease. Parents can also rest assured knowing that there are no outside distractions or links to worry about. This app is perfect for families!

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

artstories

Art Stories Cities

Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Explore some of the world's major cities through the geometric world of Art Stories Cities.
4.2

App Info

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

Overview

“Discover some of the most beautiful cities in the world!” That’s how kids are welcomed to Art Stories Cities. From there, kids are invited to select a country and explore one of the cities presented. Kids explore the city by matching the outlines of local attractions. After correctly placing each attraction, kids get a chance to learn all about it. This app offers a unique way to help kids learn about some of the major cities in the world and the attractions they contain.

Features include:

  • Explore the world
  • Learn about tourist attractions
  • Interact with illustrations
  • Available in Italian and English
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Quality

Kids will find that the app is fairly easy to navigate. It opens on an inviting main screen where kids are prompted to tap an arrow on the banner of an airplane to get to the cities. Then they’re prompted to “Discover the world” by tapping on a flag on the world map. Once kids select a flag, they’re introduced to a city and they see a few outlines with a scrolling selection of buildings along the bottom of the screen. Kids must select the building that matches the outline and drag it into place. It’s pretty clear which building fits in each spot, but a few of the skyscrapers may get confusing. Once kids place the building, they’re treated to a description of the building. The audio is clear and read at a pace that is appropriate to kids. All of the details are also age appropriate. Once kids have correctly placed all of the buildings in a city, they get to enjoy a short interactive animation related to the city. This component is not immediately obvious and may be a bit trickier for kids to figure out.

Education

The app offers a lot of information about main attractions in some of the best-known cities around the world. Kids will learn fun facts about the buildings and other attractions, such as who designed them and when they were created. Unfortunately, the app only offers information about a limited number of cities. This leads to kids learning random knowledge rather than focused knowledge. If the app offered a larger selection of cities, teachers and parents might be able to make more use of it in the context of a larger lesson about a particular city or country or even to familiarize kids with a city before they go on vacation.

Entertainment

Younger kids will enjoy matching the structures with their outlines. They’ll also enjoy the animations and sound effects included in the app. Older kids will enjoy learning the facts about the different attractions. While all facts are kid-appropriate, many of the facts are likely to go over younger kids’ heads.

Value

Given the limited number of cities available in the app, it doesn’t offer the best value. If developers doubled or tripled the amount of cities, the app would have immensely more value and be worth a download by many different users.

Child Friendliness

In the lower left corner of the main screen, kids will find a more apps icon. A parental block limits access to the apps displayed when the icon is tapped. Kids can also change the language from English to Italian with the tap of a button or view info about the app, but there is nothing inappropriate in the info section.

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

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Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Math Galaxy Word Problems Fun offers a wide array of word problems in topics and levels suitable for grades 1-8, and if players enjoy arcade-style maze games, will be a motivational way to practice applying math skills. Game play is quite complex, however, and players may need adult assistance to learn the game well enough to enjoy it.
4.5

App Info

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

Overview

Math Galaxy Word Problems Fun is a maze-based app that encourages students to practice math story problems ranging from basic computation with small whole numbers through middle school/pre-algebra concepts such as ratio/proportion, signed numbers, geometry and graphs/tables. Players send remote-controlled robots into a maze to find treasures, and must solve word problems to proceed at certain points.

Features include:

  • Sixteen topics
  • Three levels of difficulty
  • Each player can choose individualized topic
  • Multi-player capability
  • Can save game to play over several sessions

Quality

Math Galaxy Word Problems Fun is a high quality app that performs as advertised. There are lots of ways to individualize the app, making it highly useful in classrooms or other settings where multiple people will be using the game. Each player can choose a different topic, if desired, however, the game as a whole must be set to one level of difficulty. The ability to save a game is also a great feature, since game play can take quite a while. Players can also set their own criteria for winning or for ending the game. The graphics are somewhat low-res, which may put some players off a bit. The directions are quite complicated, and it will take a bit of effort to figure out how to play, particularly if players are not already familiar with these types of arcade games. Developers set up a system where players have money to purchase new robots when needed, and to pay other players when they land on the opposing players’ caves, but this also adds quite a layer of complexity to the game, which may make it too challenging for some players.

Education

Math Galaxy Word Problems Fun is an outstanding way to encourage students to practice word problems, which frequently are challenging to students of all ages. This app’s built-in capability to focus different players on different skills is ideal for classroom and other settings where multiple students use the app. The topics cover most of the core math skills taught between grades one and eight up to and including many pre-algebra topics. The word problems are clearly written, and follow the usual pattern of situation and question. There is a built-in calculator (that includes an optional fraction mode) for students to use when they work to solve the problems.

Entertainment

This app has the potential to be quite engaging and entertaining for students to use, but it is quite complex to understand and to get started with. It does require a relatively high reading level to get through the directions (FK reading level of grade 9.6 on the instructions), and the story problems also may be difficult for younger or less able students to read comfortably. Game play is fairly complex, as well, with the introduction of money that changes hands between players and gets paid to the computer. The directions also mention choosing the size and speed of “sprites,” but all options except medium on both attributes were greyed out, so I couldn’t figure out what that was all about. Once I figured out how to play, it was fun, and students will probably enjoy the game play, since it is very arcade-like. It just may take a bit of help to get them to that point, especially for younger students.

Value

This app is $3.99 in the App Store, which is a good value for the amount of content covered, but may be a bit high for the play value if students don’t end up enjoying it. It would be nice if developers offered a free sample level for people to try out before purchasing, since it could be an “acquired taste.” It would be an expensive app to buy, and then have children refuse to use it because of its complexity.

Child Friendliness

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

playandlearn
Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Play and Learn with Corabelle is an easy to use, early learning app with lots of fun and engaging early-learning activities that children will love. Fun, educational, and perfect for the little one in your home.
4.7

App Info

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

Overview

Play and Learn with Corabelle, is a multi-faceted early learning app perfect for young children, with gorgeous illustrations and fun activities to enjoy. It includes a variety of activities including matching, puzzles, seek and find, and so much more, making this app one that will keep children busy for hours.

Features include:

  • 11 Early learning activities
  • Wonderful graphics
  • Easy to use

Quality

The developers have done an amazing job with the visuals in this app. With bright colors, realistic images, and magical sound effects, this app is one that will keep children engaged while they learn. The user interface is also very well done with easy to use tap and drag functioning and simple indicators to help players understand how to complete each activity. Overall, Play and Learn with Corabelle is very well done.

Education

With 11 early learning activities that help children with a variety of skills including matching, puzzles, etc. this app is perfect for the little one in your home. There are some activities that are a bit more challenging than others as the developers have created a good balance of learning games for players to enjoy. Overall, this app is perfect for getting little ones acclimated to skills they will expand upon and grow in pre-school and Kindergarten which is great.

Entertainment

While there are quite a few early learning activities within this app, the developers have also included some fun-focused activities as well. For example, the aiming and throwing game, shadow puzzles, and the seek and find games all offer children a bit of fun as they learn. There are also engaging sound effects, music, and gorgeous graphics that will help keep children engaged as they play. Overall, the developers have done a great job making this app engaging for little ones to play.

Value

Priced at just under three dollars, this app is a good deal. When you consider that it includes 11 activities, gorgeous graphics, and fun sound effects for children to enjoy, it’s one app you don’t want to miss. Parents can certainly appreciate all that this app has to offer at a price that won’t break the bank.

Child Friendliness

The developers have done an excellent job keep this app easy to use and completely safe for children too. With simple instructional markers throughout each activity that are easy to follow, children of all ages will be able to successfully play and engage with no trouble at all. Parents can also rest assured knowing that there are no open links or unprotected areas that children could have access to.

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

mathclimber
Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Math Climber HD is an outstanding, engaging resource for practicing basic math and pre-algebra skills, useful for students who are learning these skills for the first time and those who need quick review or extra practice.
4.7

App Info

Price: $0.99
AppStore User Rating: 5
Download on the App Store

Overview

Math Climber HD is a game to help math students practice basic math skills ranging from addition and subtraction facts through operations with fractions, percents and decimals. Solve problems in timed or untimed environments, earn coins that can be exchanged for various rewards and hints, and send progress records via email to teachers or mentors.

Features include:

  • 18 topics
  • 3 skill levels per topic
  • Multiple games
  • Progress reports available
  • Motivational rewards

Quality

Math Climber HD is a very high-quality app. Everything works as it is designed to, and developers have done a good job of minimizing distractions and making the game intuitive to use. There is a brief instructional page about the scoring system. The graphics are somewhat minimalist-animations are a bit jerky, but overall, the game is fun to play. It does gather data about players’ performance, and teachers or parents can see player accuracy at each level attempted. However, the reporting system could use a few tweaks in regard to how it shows student errors. It seems to be showing the stimulus problem, but not the answer selected, which would be very helpful for adults to be able to see.

Education

This app presents outstanding opportunities to practice a wide array of math skills at the elementary and middle school levels, and is age appropriate for all age groups. Players select one of 18 topics, and then one of three levels of difficulty. There are four options for play, ranging from an untimed practice system through competitive play against the computer. The app allows for practice on basic computation, operations with fractions, work with decimals and percents, least common multiple and greatest common factor, place value, and more. Each section presents problems in multiple formats. For example, the addition game might ask 4+8=? Or it might ask 4+___=12. It also gives four multiple choice answers that may be numbers or other addition combinations that are equivalent to the answers. There is great variety at all of the levels in problem presentation.

Entertainment

Math Climber HD is a fun app that kids are likely to be willing to play for quite a while. First of all, players get to create an avatar by choosing clothing, hair color, skin tone, and so forth. As they play, they earn coins for successful work, and the coins can be used to purchase additional items for their avatar, such as hair styles, sunglasses, and so forth. Coins can also be used for a 50/50 option for difficult problems to eliminate two incorrect answers. After each successful climb, the climber gives the player a “high five.” After stars are earned, the climber goes into a dance hall complete with disco ball and lighted floor to perform a victory dance. One suggestion would be for a bit of change up to the end-of-round animation and sound effects-currently the climber goes back down the wall, out of sight, then sounds like he or she falls the remaining feet and animals make disturbed noises. The announcer always responds that “That’s going to leave a mark.” Some variety for this portion that is randomized would help keep students from becoming bored.

Value

This app is $1.99 in the App Store, and is a great value. It can be used by students from early elementary school through even high school to practice basic math skills in timed or untimed settings, so it would be very useful to just about everyone.

Child Friendliness


Math Climber is mostly child-friendly, but there is unprotected access to email through the Progress Report section.

  • NO external links
  • NO social media
  • NO 3rd party ads
  • NO in-app purchase
  • YES Unprotected email link

ipad3_screenshot1_english
Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Monster Numbers is a math app full of adventure, excitement, and education all in one place this app is the perfect way for players to practice their math skills. Fun, exciting, and highly educational, this app is great for families.
4.6

App Info

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

Overview

Monster Numbers is a fun game-like educational app that provides an exciting, interactive way to practice math skills. With a nice balance between entertainment and education, this is one app that kids are going to love, even if they aren’t a fan of Math. This app is perfect for children ages 4-14 as it offers a various levels of mathematical concepts that players can practice.

Features include:

  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Patterns
  • Multiplication & Division

Quality

Monster Numbers is full of cartoon monster characters and other illustrations that create a fun environment for children to play. With a user interface that is very intuitive and supportive prompts strategically placed, this app allows children of all ages the chance to practice their math skills with ease. The developers have also included exciting music and sound effects to add to the gaming experience, creating an exciting educational environment for children to play and learn in.

Education

There is no doubt that this app offers lots of great educational material and in a very interesting way. At the beginning of the app, children are asked to set up a profile with their age which then allows the app to adapt the specific math challenges to their age. With lots of different math concepts including counting, sequencing, and the traditional addition/subtraction and multiplication/division, Monster Numbers includes a wide variety of practice for children of all ages. The developers have also created a nice balance of educational material and entertainment by alternating between game-like levels and educational levels to keep children interested.

Entertainment

It’s always nice to find apps that offer both education and entertainment in a balanced way and the developers have hit it out of the park with Monster Numbers. With a fun, game-like set up that allows children to alternate between entertainment levels and educational levels, players get the best of both worlds in one app. This app offers everything you would expect in a ‘gaming’ app with levels, challenges, bad guys and lots of adventure. Very well done.

Value

Priced at just under two dollars this app is a steal! With varying levels and a variety of educational material all in one place, this is a great app for families. It is full of education, entertainment, and lots of fun for children at a price that is perfect.

Child Friendliness

The developers have done an excellent job creating an app that is easy to use and quite intuitive. With a variety of markers and simple tutorials for new levels, the developers have seamlessly incorporated support and guidance where it’s needed most. Children will have no trouble playing and practicing their math skills in this app while having a ton of fun.

  • NO in-app purchase
  • NO social media
  • NO 3rd party ads
  • YES rate us (unprotected, but visible)

tinyplaybox

Tiny Play Box

Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Toddlers and preschoolers gain confidence and build basic skills through the games in Tiny Play Box.
4.5

App Info

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

Overview

Tiny Play Box has joined the toddler and preschool app space with fun games for young kids. Parents and kids are encouraged to interact with one another through simple games such as memory, matching, and fun animal games. The bright colors attract kids to the game, while the simple designs make it easy for kids to enjoy.

Features include:

  • Multiple learning games
  • Simple interface
  • Colorful graphics
  • Parent/child interaction

Quality

When kids open the app, they’re presented with a screen featuring icons that represent each of the different games. The icons feature descriptive pictures rather than words which works well for the target age group. The games themselves are designed fairly simply and are easy for kids to navigate. Some of the games are a bit more complex, but those include little details, such as gnomes with blinking eyes, to help kids recognize when to make their move.

Education

Through the simple learning games included in Tiny Play Box kids can build basic skills, such as hand-eye coordination and color recognition. Developers encourage parents to interact with kids as they play, but the design of the games is simple enough that kids are able to figure out the games and play on their own.

Entertainment

Kids don’t need a lot of flashy graphics or zany sound effects to have fun. Tiny Play Box entertains kids by allowing them experience success. The simple design of the games helps kids feel confident in themselves and their ability to be successful while playing a game.

Value

Kids can experience the app’s games for free, but additional games are available through an in-app purchase. The cost of the in-app purchase is small and worth the price for the variety of activities kids get to experience.

Child Friendliness

Developers encourage parents to interact with their children as they play the games. The app does include in-app purchases.

  • Protected parent area (contains external links, app rating & social media)
  • NO external links
  • NO social media
  • NO 3rd party ads
  • YES in-app purchase

sagomini
Quality
Education
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendly
Summary
Sago Mini Trucks & Diggers is an easy to use app that allows children to explore the fun world of construction. With trucks, diggers, and homes to build, this app is going to keep little ones busy for hours!
4.5

App Info

Price: $2.99
AppStore User Rating: 3.5
Download on the App Store

Overview

Sago Mini Trucks & Diggers is another great interactive app in the Sago Mini series that allows players to experiment with various trucks and construction equipment. This hands-one, free-play app allows players to build various houses and buildings using a variety of diggers and other construction equipment. Easy to use and fun too, this app is great for children of all ages.

Features include:

  • Free-play environment
  • 6 Machines to explore
  • 6 Homes to build

Quality

Sago Mini Trucks & Diggers are full of lovely graphics, fun sound effects, and exciting surprises for children to explore. As always the developers have done an excellent job with creating an easy to use app that children of all ages can use with ease as the user interface only requires a bit of tapping and dragging to move through the app. With lots of exciting friends to enjoy and interactive activities to explore, this app is very well done.

Education

While this app doesn’t utilize the traditional educational features you might expect in another app, it does offer experiential learning through play. As children move through the app trying the different trucks and diggers, they begin to learn how each works. They also learn a bit about building as they complete a variety of fun castles and homes for their friends.

Entertainment

There is no doubt that children are going to get a ton of entertainment out of this app as there is so much to explore. With lots of friends to meet and a variety of interactive activities to enjoy, this is one app players are going to play for hours. The free-play environment also provides a ton of freedom so players can explore the interactive parts of the app in their own time. The developers have also included six unique homes for children to construct for their animal friends adding a bit of focus to the app. Overall, the entertainment value is very good.

Value

Priced at just under three dollars, this app is priced well for what you receive. With a free-play environment for children to enjoy, plus six diggers and trucks to explore, and six homes to build, this app is one that will keep kids busy for hours.

Child Friendliness

Sago Mini Trucks & Diggers does a nice job overall of making the app easy to use for children of all ages. With an intuitive interface, fun interactive activities, and lots to explore, this app has a lot to offer for young children. Parents can also rest assured knowing that the developers have made this app completely safe for children to use with no external links or ads.

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

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