New & Noteworthy – January 12, 2016: Create. Explore. Discover.


Welcome to another New & Noteworthy, where we bring you all the cool new apps available for your kids. This week we’ve found some great new apps that will quench your child’s desire to be the hero, go on adventures, and create their own worlds. They will have hours of fun while learning concepts that will prepare them for a bright future.

Blaze and the Monster Machine Dinosaur Rescue

Come along with Blaze and AJ as they rescue dinosaur eggs. In this app that encourages STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts, your child will be encouraged to problem-solve.They will also be encouraged to solve physic-based problems using water, bouncy balls, and lasers. Other tools they will get to use are pulleys, wheels, cranks, mirrors and more. This game fosters a hands-on approach as they are introduced to different concepts. They will have lots of fun learning with Blaze.

Unicorn Glitterluck

Have fun creating and decorating your own unicorn in this app. Your child will have the opportunity to make a unicorn of their own with many colors, stickers, and accessories to choose from. They will also learn the numbers 1-20 in an engaging and fun way. They will have fun taking their unicorn on adventures and to the magic castle.

The Adventures of Pan

Join Pan as she sets out to find her lost parents. Through the stories, your child will play games and interact, and go on adventures that will spark their imaginations. They will have fun on the journey as they make friends with warrior bunnies, discover ancient secrets and help Pan discover her inner courage. With read-along narration and text highlighting, plus mini activities, your child is sure to be pleased and engaged as they work their way through the stories in this app.

Toca Blocks

Toca Blocks is a unique world-building game that allows your child to use their imagination to create new worlds. The blocks allow your child to create anything they want as they build with them and put them together. They get to explore their world and have adventures with heroes to discover their superpowers. The blocks themselves have different properties such as being bouncy or having patterns that your children will have fun merging with other blocks to make new things. This app has no in-app purchases and no third-party advertising.

Coda Game

Create and learn to code at the same time with this app. Coda Game allows your child to learn computational thinking, problem solving, creativity, and logic. This is a great foundation for a future in computer science or engineering. Your child will also have the ability to play games their friends make and get new ideas for their own games. With no prior coding knowledge, your child will have fun creating their own game with their own rules. Visual code blocks will allow your child to understand commands and game mechanics to fit everything together. There is both a paid version and free version that will allow your child hours of fun learning to be a game designer.