3.5 stars – good apps

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Summary
This free app offers a few simple games for your young preschool children, but it isn’t likely to have much staying power without subscribing to the higher level monthly program.
3.6

App Info

Price: Free
AppStore User Rating:

Download on the App Store

Overview

Smarter Kids offers a selection of letter and number games for young children. Options include counting, number recognition, number concepts, letter recognition, simple spelling, and same/different.

Features include:

  • Several types of games
  • 5 games available for free, additional three with subscription
  • Multiple narration languages available
  • Colorful graphics
  • Intuitive game play

Quality

This app performs as expected and responds quickly to touches and drag motions. There is a “help” section that offers some explanation of the games and of the subscription plans. However, the narrator’s voice is quite robotic and expressionless, which while may be a novelty to the kids for short while, could be an overall detraction from the app’s enjoyability.

Education

This app is designed for the very young. Though developers list it as being appropriate for children from 18 months through 14 years, this is a gross misstatement. The app actually covers counting, number recognition, letter recognition, initial sounds, and some beginning spelling. It actually is educationally appropriate for children from early preschool through possibly late preschool or kindergarten in the free version, and possibly grade 2 in the paid subscription, but there is not much content here for older children.

The games are quite repetitive, but some do allow a fair amount of free choice. For example, choosing a letter to see a word that begins with the letter, or choosing a number to see that number of items. Some games offer a choice of items/animals to see or count in the free version. The subscription versions do offer a few more options, but still seems pretty limited.

Entertainment

Aside from the robotic, expressionless voice, this app offers little in the way of entertainment in the free version. Successful responses receive a mechanical praise word or phrase that is repeated in print at the top of the page. Level completion is acknowledged verbally, but not congratulated. And many of the games stay on level one unless the subscriptions are activated.

Value

Though this app is free on the App Store, it does not have much to offer most children. Young children are likely to tire of it quickly, and older children won’t find any helpful activities at all in the free version. Subscriptions can be purchased for monthly fees of ninety-nine cents or $5.99. The Basic Subscription offers additional levels of most games and additional animal characters. The Elite Subscription offers multiplication and the capability to add or change hats, glasses and other accessories on the characters.

Child Friendliness

This app is not particularly child-friendly, especially considering the target age group. There are unprotected links to the App Store, social media, and other online services.

  • Parent area 
  • NO 3rd party ads
  • YES unprotected links 
  • YES unprotected in-app purchases 
  • YES unprotected social media
  • YES unprotected email links

Fashstory

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Summary
Browse designs from up and coming designers from the comfort of your own home with Fashstory.
3.9

App Info

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

Overview

If you’re a fan of fashion design, you may enjoy Fashstory. This new app gives up and coming fashion designers a place to display their work. The app features designers from around the world. Want to see the latest from designers in Italy? Saudi Arabia? Just select the country to view the designers and images of their latest designs.

Features include:

  • Browse fashion designers by country
  • View images of hot new fashions
  • Contact designers directly
  • Discover new fashion

Quality

Users can select a country, and then select from a list of designers that represent that country. Most designers are from Middle Eastern countries. Some designers have prices on their fashions, while others simply have images. Many countries and designers are light on content. It is also difficult to imagine contacting a designer directly. However, the app is easy to navigate.

Education

This app is not being rated for education.

Entertainment

If you like fashion, you’ll enjoy seeing what kinds of new fashion are out there. You can view pictures from a wide variety of designers around the world. Some of their designs are kind of blah, but you’ll find a few wow pieces as well. You can also save some of your favorite designers to get updates when they add new pieces.

Value

The app is free to download. It only offers a small collection of designers and they may not be everyone’s style.

Child Friendliness

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

Archery Master Hero

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Summary
Can you take out the enemy before he takes out you in Archery Master Hero?
3.9

App Info

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

Overview

Archery Master Hero is a simple, addictive archery game for kids. The enemy is standing, ready to aim. Can you take him out before he takes out you?

Features include:

  • Fun archery game
  • Multiple levels
  • Ability to connect with friends
  • High score tracking

Quality

When players first open the app, they’ll see the main screen. A play button sits directly in the center of the screen, so it’s easy to get started. All of the sounds and graphics are of high quality. As kids play, they’ll find that the game moves quickly. In fact, it may move too quickly. That means they also have to act quickly.

Education

This app is not being rated for education.

Entertainment

The premise of the game is fairly simple: take out the enemy before he takes you. To take out the enemy, players must shoot an arrow. There’s only one shot to take out the enemy, so players must act quickly. For the first few rounds, the speed of the game can be somewhat frustrating. It is difficult to figure out the angles and take out the enemy in the time allotted. However, after some time spent trying, players will start to get the hang of the game. For each successful round, they’ll earn coins that can be used to upgrade the archer.

Value

Given that the app only contains one basic game, it makes sense that it’s free to download. Unfortunately, the free price comes accompanied by a lot of ads.

Child Friendliness

On the main screen of the app, a Facebook icon invites players to login to the social media network. Players can also connect to Game Center or tap on the star to take them to the App Store. None of these icons are protected. During game play, players may see ads at the bottom of the screen. Ads also appear in between rounds of the game. Unfortunately, the amount of ads make the game more annoying than fun in the long run.

  • NO rate us
  • NO in-app purchase
  • YES third party ads
  • YES social media

Space Smasher: Kill Invaders

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Summary
Save the space heroes by destroying asteroids and UFOs in Space Smasher, a fun, arcade-style game for all ages.
3.9

App Info

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

Overview

In Space Smasher, your goal is to help the Space Heroes get back to Earth safely. In order to do so, you must smash asteroids and destroy UFO invaders. All kids have to do is touch the enemies to take them down, making this game easy for kids at lower age levels too.

Features include:

  • Fun space theme
  • Multiple levels of play
  • Special powers to enhance play
  • Watch ads to unlock content

Quality

On the main screen, players will see the game’s categories clearly laid out. Plays can play, shop, adjust the settings, and see an overview of how to play the game. In play mode, players will see multiple levels of play. Successfully completing a level unlocks the next level. The menu and game play is a bit slow to react at times, but overall the app is well laid out and easy to play.

Education

This app is not being rated for education.

Entertainment

Space Smasher offers a fairly standard arcade game. Kids will be motivated by the chance to advance in level. They will also enjoy the ability to earn power-ups and other special features. Unfortunately, to access these features they must watch ads.

Value

It is free to download the app. An in-app purchase provides access to an ad-free version of the game. However, the game is fairly simple and it may not be worth spending money to remove the ads.

Child Friendliness

Kids can activate power-ups and other special features in the game by watching ads. An in-app purchase allows parents to remove the ads from the app. This feature is not protected by a parental block. Unfortunately, the amount of ads make the app largely inappropriate for kids.

  • NO rate us
  • YES in-app purchase
  • YES 3rd party ads
  • YES more apps (through ads)

Track Any Phone

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Summary
Free tracking app lets you track the location of your phone and others (with their consent) through cellular tower and wifi router data.
3.8

App Info

Price: Free
AppStore User Rating: 1
Download on the App Store

Overview

Whether you’re a parent who wants to know where your teen is at all times or a teen who frequently loses your phone, you may want to consider Track Any Phone from ilocateMobile. This free tracking app allows you to track any phone, as long as you have the user’s consent. Rather than relying on GPS, the app relies on cellular towers and wifi routers to help you gain access to a phone’s location.

Features include:

  • Track location for your phone
  • Track locations for others’ phones
  • Download app for free
  • Get location based on cell phone and wifi data

Quality

To use Track Any Phone, you must set up a free account. If you choose to track your own phone, you must also give the app permission to access location data. If you want to track someone else, you must send that person an invitation. Once the person accepts your invitation, you can begin tracking. Track Any Phone does not do any tracking without another person’s consent. The app must also be installed on the other person’s phone and location tracking enabled in order for the app to work.

Education

This app is not being rated for education.

Entertainment

This app is not being rated for entertainment.

Value

The app is free to download. In-app purchases allow you to receive location information in different ways. For example, you can retrieve the location through a text message or a missed call. Most of the app’s functions can be used without an in-app purchase. However, because the app does not rely on GPS, its information is not always reliable.

Child Friendliness

Users will find that the app is full of ads. Ads for other tracking services pop up before completing nearly any action. None of the ads are protected. Given that this app may be installed on a teen’s phone, parents may not want to install the app and give teens access to the ads.

  • NO rate us
  • YES in-app purchase
  • YES 3rd party ads

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Inclusion Bridges is a simple game that requires players to raise a tower that will fall across a gap to bridge it. The app is intended to raise awareness of social injustices and potential solutions, but it does not do much toward that end, either.
3.6

App Info

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

Overview

Inclusion Bridges is an awareness tool that offers a simple video game to familiarize players with social problems such as religious discrimination, racism and violence as they also become familiar with solutions such as social programs, education programs, and inclusionary artwork. The game is built around the main character building bridges over gaps to turn the “monsters” into inclusion strategies, which is highly symbolic of the work that the consortium that has created the app, Erasmus and the “Social Inclusion Out of the Box” project, an international partnership representing a number of countries.

Please note that developers of this app recommend that children under the age of 17 not download or use it due to unrestricted web access.

Features include:

  • Representation of exclusionary monsters such as racism, unemployment and poverty
  • Representation of inclusion strategies such as school education programs, community artwork and so forth
  • Simple video game to represent changing exclusionary monsters with inclusion strategies
  • Contact information for supporting groups from the various partner countries

Quality

Inclusion Bridges is a quality app that allows players to participate in a simple video game to raise awareness of the issues causing exclusion around the world. The video game is symbolic, requiring players to build bridges over gaps by touching the screen to lengthen their bridge so it is just the right length to cover the gap. The app really needs more clear directions for users to make the game a bit more fun-I had quite a time understanding exactly what was needed to complete a level. The English translation has multiple grammar errors that make it difficult to understand the app’s purpose, as well.

Education

This app is not really intended to be educational in the academic sense, but rather a tool to raise global awareness of societal problems that force individuals and groups into marginalized positions. Each level lists three such problems, such as age discrimination, violence, and lack of education. When a player successfully builds a bridge, the “monster” turns into an inclusion strategy, such as intercultural activities and professional education. However, the inclusion strategies and the names of the problems only appear at the beginning of each level. After that, they are represented by stylized monster figures of different colors. An awareness tool should probably keep the target information in front of the user more consistently.

Entertainment

The challenge of Inclusion Bridges is to build bridges of the correct sizes to bridge the gaps but not to be too large or small. The bridges are built vertically by touching the screen, then they fall into place when the finger is lifted, and if not too long or too short, allow the main character to cross and proceed to the next area needing a bridge. It is very difficult to judge when the vertical line is the correct length for the horizontal gap. If it is too long or too short, the monster will crash the bridge, ending the level and posting a large “FAIL” sign with an option to repeat the level or go on anyway. The game play itself does not change between the 11 levels. In other words, many people would either give up in frustration or become bored with the limited nature of the play.

Value

This is a free app, but is not likely to offer much in the way of fun for kids. It also does not do a very good job of its intended purpose of raising awareness of social injustices for adults. As such, developers should include more information about HOW to address the problems listed, rather than simply offering names of types of programs that could eventually offer solutions. It would be nice, also, to see more information about how each of the participating countries are addressing these problems, especially since each level professes to be from a different country, and the app is available in eight different languages.

Child Friendliness

Developers of this app recommend that children under the age of 17 not download nor play this app due to unprotected internet links.

  • NO social media
  • NO 3rd party ads
  • NO in-app purchase
  • YES unprotected internet links

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World of the Wild will encourage kids to think about conservation and the environment as they use their logic and reasoning to solve interactive problems for the animals.
3.8

App Info

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

Overview

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

Features include:

  • Unlock new resources and animals as the game progresses
  • Learn through pop quizzes
  • Discover issues facing the environment
  • Learn about endangered animals
  • Kli>Experience the interconnection between all parts of the planet

Quality

This app is well-made, with each feature working as described. The tutorial could use a little work, however. The game is quite convoluted, with various types of points earned and spent for various aspects of the game, and it takes quite a bit of attention to keep it all straight. The tutorial is mostly made of visual demonstrations with a sentence or two of explanation, and I found it to be quite confusing and difficult to remember. It would be good to supplement it with a written explanation that is all on one screen, and perhaps a chart or two would help.

Education

World of the Wild does a great job of simulating the various things that need to be done to preserve and improve the environment. Game play includes activities such as planting grass, bushes and trees, cleaning up oil spills, scaring away poachers, and much more. Each activity costs some kind of points, though, so players will need to budget carefully and spend their points so they have the most impact on the environment. Players have an opportunity to earn additional points by answering questions on quizzes.

The reading level of this app is high, likely middle school level or beyond. For this reason, many younger children, though they might enjoy the game play and be interested in the information, may have trouble enjoying the game.

The quizzes are very educational, but some players may find them quite frustrating. The information required to answer does not seem to be readily available within the game play of the app, but rather things that might be learned in science class or through research. It would be better if the quizzes related more to the actual content of the app, or were easier to find within the app if it is indeed in there somewhere.

Entertainment

One of my most serious concerns about this app is the pace of game play. When players choose to spend points on planting grass, for example, it starts a countdown between placement and growth that can last 30 minutes (in real time). That’s quite a delay in the game play. Players have the option of “spending acorns” to speed the timer up, but it takes quite a while to accumulate enough acorns to make a difference after the initial bank provided is depleted. Acorns (and the other types of points) can be acquired through an in-app purchase, as well, and it seems like many young players may be quite tempted by this option.

Value

This app is free in the App Store. The information provided is valuable, and the concepts reinforced are outstanding. Game play can be quite slow, though, without acquiring extra supplies of the various points offered. There are, however, in-app purchase options that are unprotected by any sort of parent gate within the app. If a child clicked on them, the only thing between them and an unauthorized purchase is the parent’s Apple ID information. That being said, the developers indicate that the app provides options to support any of the 17 charities that it is connected with. It is unclear if the in-app purchase of points helps in this regard or if donations are made separately.

Child Friendliness

While most of this app is child-friendly, it is very disconcerting that children can access the in-app purchases so readily. For this reason, I would not recommend the app for players any younger than middle school ages, and only then if parents or teachers are certain that the kids can be trusted not to make unauthorized purchases of the various kinds of points. It is also easy for children to access unprotected links to social media and email.

  • NO 3rd party ads
  • YES unprotected links to social media and email
  • YES in-app purchase, unprotected

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Matching! My First Brain Training offers children the opportunity to see and hear letters, numbers, and colors in four languages, then play a matching game based on choosing a response that includes the targeted three attributes. The game seems difficult for young children, and could use some tweaks to make it more entertaining.
4

App Info

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

Overview

Matching! My First Brain Training is a readiness app that provides preschoolers with opportunities to learn to match colors, numbers, and letters. It includes three identification activities and a game that requires players to match based on three attributes. The app can be played in four different languages.

Features include:

  • Hear native speakers voice names of letters, numbers, colors
  • Play in four different languages
  • Focus separately on learning names of each group of items
  • Choose which items to review in any order
  • Includes 26 English letters, ten numbers and eleven colors

Quality

Matching! My First Brain Training is a high quality app that performs well. The app is relatively intuitive to use, so even young children should be able to operate it. The narration is clear, but does use British English, so there are some slight differences in pronunciation and letter names (“zed” for zee, and “zebra” with a short e, for example) in the English version. The illustrations are colorful, and mostly clear and easily recognizable. One concern is the “peanut” which shows a peanut that has been cracked open. The top half of the shell is laying beside the shell with the nuts, and it looks like there are two items in the picture. This could be confusing to young children when they need to count the items in the picture. The app could also be improved by including a protected parents’ area that gives clear instructions and the capabilities of the app.

Education

Matching! My First Brain Training is designed to help children from ages 2 to 6 learn to identify and match letters, numbers and colors in any of four languages. The app includes four sections. The letter, number and color sections show the target item and will voice its name when the item or the illustration are touched. So the letter P page shows a capital and lower case P, a pear and the word pear in both capital and lower case forms. When any of these things are touched, the narrator verbalizes “P, pear.” As far as I could tell, the illustrative pictures paired with each letter are consistent, so the app only shows one example per letter in this mode. There is a ribbon at the top of the screen that allows users to choose which letter, color or number to hear next.

Touching the dice will lead users to the app’s game. The game displays a three attribute sorter and three choices. Children activate the sorter in similar fashion to a slot machine, by sliding a lever that rolls each of the three sections to a random selection (one color, one number and one letter). The child must then choose from the options at the bottom of the screen to select the option that matches all three attributes. For example, on one trial, the selector landed on brown, F and 10. The three options showed 10 brown donkeys, 10 brown foxes, and 2 orange fish. The correct response was the 10 brown foxes because that matched all three attributes.

One large concern about this app is that most young children have a great deal of difficulty with considering multiple attributes at the same time. This is demonstrated in the common Piagetian experiment where a young child is shown two identical balls of clay and pronounces them to be the same. Yet, when the adult rolls one ball into a snake shape in front of the child, the child invariably will pronounce the long skinny formation of clay to be “bigger” than the ball. This is because the child is capable of only considering one attribute at a time at this stage of development. Of course, children figure out how to think about multiple attributes eventually, typically between the ages of 4 and 7. The concern is that this app does not have any scaffolding to help children learn to consider more than one idea at a time, but just sort of assumes they will be able to do this. Younger children are quite likely, even if they do recognize the color, letter and number desired, to have difficulty understanding that the 10 brown donkeys in the example above are less correct than the 10 brown foxes, because of the initial letter. The app also uses multiple pictures to represent initial sounds at this stage, and these don’t seem to have been introduced elsewhere. This could prove quite challenging for the target audience, as well.

Entertainment

This app is colorful, but there’s not much else to catch the eye of young users. Developers should consider adding some memorable animations and sound effects to make things more engaging. Also, in the game section, correct answers are rewarded with a green check mark and incorrect responses are noted with an X. It’s quite possible for a user within the stated age range to be unaware of the symbolism of these things! It would be better if correct responses were rewarded in more obvious ways, and it might help younger users if incorrect responses disappeared after selection and allowed the child to choose from the remaining two selections.

Value

Though the app has a reasonable price in the App Store ($1.99), it might be limited in its use within the given age range. Also, youngsters may tire of it quickly, since it does not include many features that preschoolers would find engaging and the task might be somewhat frustrating.

Child Friendliness

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

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Pictoword is a fun and possibly addictive word puzzle game that is sure to provide hours of problem-solving fun. Note: Not recommended for children.
3.5

App Info

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

Overview

Pictoword is an engaging and challenging word puzzle app that can easily become addicting for players of all ages. The concept is simple, yet highly entertaining as players are provided with two pictures that provide hints to create one word. With a variety of themes and levels to play this is one app that has the potential to provide hours of non-stop fun.

Features include:

  • 14 Theme options
  • Easy to use
  • Challenging puzzles

Quality

The developers have done a great job making Pictoword easy to use for both children and adults. The game is self explanatory as it provides two pictures that are set up to create one word that players can spell using a letter bank within each puzzle. The user interface is also quite intuitive with simple tap and touch functioning all the way through. Overall the quality of the app is well done with clear pictures and simple sound effects that create a pleasant playing experience for all.

Education

While Pictoword is much more of an entertainment app, it does offer players a chance to test their logic and problem solving skills with each puzzle. There is also a spelling component that provides good practice for players as they must spell each word correctly in order to complete the puzzle.

Entertainment

Like many word puzzle apps, this app can become quite addictive for players who love a good challenge. With seemingly endless puzzles across 14 themes like characters, animals, holiday, brands etc. Pictoword offers lots of playing fun. It also provides opportunities for players to earn coins that they can spend on new theme packs within the app without having to make purchases through the in-app purchase options. With enough playing time and puzzles completed, this app can provide hours of fun.

Value

There is no doubt that Pictoword offers loads of value as it is completely free. The free app offers one main theme with 326 puzzles and the opportunity to earn coins for puzzles in 13 other themes. There is also the option to purchase additional coins that can be used to get more themes as well.

Child Friendliness

While Pictoword is a fun and challenging app to play, it is not set up with children in mind. In addition to the in-app purchase links that are unprotected, there are a number of additional buttons and links that are also unprotected. There are also options to earn more coins by watching videos with advertisements etc. All of the external links should be protected and the video advertisements should be removed entirely in order for it to be child friendly. The way it is now, this is not an app that I would recommend for children.

  • Protected parent area (contains external links & social media)
  • YES external links
  • YES in-app purchase
  • YES 3rd party ads

Arithmetic Practice with WizEarn

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Child Friendly
Summary
Encourage kids to solve basic math problems by rewarding them with apps. The more problems answered, the more apps they earn.
3.8

App Info

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

Overview

Arithmetic Practice by WizEarn seeks to encourage kids to practice solving math problems by rewarding them with apps. The app lets parents choose how many problems kids must answer and the level of difficulty for those problems. While good in theory, the app requires a lot of parental supervision. Without it, kids can access the App Store and adjust the settings to help them game the system and download whatever apps they want.

Features include:

  • Earn apps
  • Solve math problems
  • Track progress
  • Motivate kids

Quality

Before kids can practice solving problems, they must choose an app to download. A simple instructions screen shows them how to choose an app. Once a single app or group of apps kids would like to download are added, they can start answering questions to earn prizes. On the app’s home screen, kids and parents can see how many questions have been answered at each level and how long it took to answer each question. They can also access the settings screen to control the difficulty of the questions and how many questions it takes to earn an app in each of three price levels (Free, $0.99-$2.99, and $3.00+). Parents should note that there are no parental blocks to keep kids from accessing the settings. Kids can tap on the Home button at any time and adjust the settings, so if a parent has decided that kids must answer 150 questions to earn a $3.00+ app, kids can reset it to the minimum of 10 problems. They can also adjust the difficulty of the questions.

Education

The goal of the app is to simply motivate kids to practice math facts. There are seven levels of difficulty. They include problems that use addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and square roots. Parents can select any number of these levels based on the type of problems they want their children to solve. The app does seem to favor the easier addition questions at the beginning stages when all levels are selected.

Entertainment

Aside from the motivational element, the app is not extremely entertaining. It simply presents problems one after another, offering a chime each time kids solve a problem correctly. Some kids will appreciate that the app times them as they answer questions and will work hard to improve their efficiency and accuracy as they solve problems.

Value

The app is free to download and use. For parents looking to motivate their kids, it may be worth a download, as long as they are willing to supervise its use.

Child Friendliness

To access the app store and choose an app, kids must get through a parental gate. For younger kids, this gate is effective because it contains difficult multiplication problems. For older kids, who can answer that level of problems, it’s less effective and there’s nothing to keep them from selecting apps on their own. At both ages, parents should monitor app use to ensure children are picking approved apps to download as rewards. Also, once kids complete the problems required to earn an app, they’re taken directly to the App Store. There they can bypass the chosen app and choose to download any app they want. Parents should be sure to require a password for downloads from the App Store to prevent unwanted purchases.

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Help Nelly the fairy find all the pieces to reconstruct her castle. This app allows children to explore four magical lands filled with lots of animals in order to complete the puzzle.
3.6

App Info

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

Overview

Nelly Fairy: Castle is an app that takes children on a journey through a mystical land with hidden pieces to the castle that Nelly the fairy is trying to rebuild. This puzzle app allows children to explore the desert, forest, mountains, and meadow to interact with local animals and find the missing pieces to rebuild the castle. Also included are three difficulty levels to build the castle ranging in the number of pieces.

Features include:

  • 4 Areas to explore
  • Puzzles
  • 3 Difficulty levels

Quality

Nelly Fairy: Castle uses a simple search-and-find and puzzle concept for young children. The concept allows children to explore various magical lands to find the missing pieces that are needed to rebuild the castle. While the concept is quite simple, the quality of the images and user interface could both use some work. Nelly the fairy looks to be a 3-D character while the rest of the images included are not. It makes the fairy look a bit out of place. There are also lots of animals within each area for children to explore, but there isn’t a whole lot in terms of interaction. When tapped, the animal might make a little noise and move a bit, but it’s a bit lackluster and not very engaging. For younger children getting started in the app could be a challenge. It isn’t entirely clear what the goal is when you enter the app and takes a bit of exploring to figure it out. Including a brief introduction or arrows to guide players would definitely be helpful.

Education

Not rated for education.

Entertainment

This app uses a search-and-find concept and puzzle activity as the main entertainment for children. While there are other animals within each magical land to explore, the interaction and animation could use some work. The puzzle provides three difficulty levels varying in the number of pieces used and does provide a challenge to put together, however it feels like something is missing in terms of entertainment. Adding a few other activities within each magical land would be a great way to increase the entertainment value for children.

Value

Priced at just under three dollars, this app seems a bit overpriced for the quality and the activities you get. Adding a few more activities and more functionality and interaction with the animals would be a great way to increase the overall value.

Child Friendliness

As mentioned before, the overall concept in Nelly Fairy: Castle is quite simple, however it could take a few times of playing it for children to truly understand how to move through the app with ease. Creating an introduction with arrows or indicators upon entry into the app would be helpful for younger users.

The developers have done a good job of keeping the in-app purchase link protected so children don’t get into areas they aren’t supposed to get into, however it isn’t entirely clear how much the in-app purchase is if parents wanted to make the purchase. Making this a bit more apparent would help a lot as a parent exploring the app.

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

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Summary
Budding veterinarians can help injured jungle animals get the help that they need in this fun doctor app.
3.8

App Info

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

Overview

Jungle Care Taker lets kids perform the role of veterinarian for six very sick jungle animals. From splinters and cuts to bugs and broken bones, these animals are all in a bad way. Kids must set their bones, bandage their cuts, pull out the splinters, and complete a host of other tasks to bring them back to health. When they’re finished, they can take a photo of their animals who, while fixed up, still look a little worse for the wear.

Features include:

  • Care for sick animals
  • Take photos of healthy animals
  • Choose from six different animals
  • Receive positive praise

Quality

Developers tout an easy and fluid interface for kids and this is largely true. The app’s main screen has a large play button that leads to six different animals that need help. Once kids select an animal, some of the fluidity disappears. When kids first play, they may struggle with figuring out what to do. The app does eventually offer some help through non-verbal instructions that appear after a period of incorrect actions. These instructions, while helpful, stay on the screen for a little bit too long when kids are ready to get to the activity. The activities are fairly easy for kids to complete, but a few are touchy. For example, when pulling splinters out of the giraffe, kids have to make sure the splinter hits the pan just so or the splinter will just keep re-appearing.

Education

This app is not being rated for education.

Entertainment

The animals in this app are entertaining and kids will love working to make them feel better. Each animal has a ton of problems that needed to be taken care of, so kids will spend a good bit of time trying to make them well. They’ll pull out splinters, put on bandages, take x-rays, and even comb for bugs. All of these are activities that provide a range of motions for kids to complete. Once an activity is complete, kids are rewarded with a thumbs up. After an animal is entirely fixed up, they get the opportunity to save a picture, if parents have given the app access to photos.

Value

Jungle Care Taker is a lower quality version of high-quality apps such as Dr. Panda’s Hospital or Toca Pet Doctor and yet the full version of the app is nearly twice the price. While kids may enjoy this app, parents may want to look at one of the cheaper and higher-quality options that kids will enjoy just as much, if not more.

Child Friendliness

Developers tout a child-friendly app. While all of the non-child friendly content is protected, the app is still full of “rate us” and “more apps” icons. In fact, every time a child helps an animal, a “more apps” icon appears to the side of the picture of the healthy animal. A “rate us” star also regularly appears in the upper corner. Before purchasing the full version of the app, kids are also shown a large icon encouraging kids to purchase the full version on the app’s main screen.

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

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Learning Emotions with the Rainbow Feelings Bear is a storybook app that teaches children how to express themselves and understand a wide variety of emotions.
3.8

Review update: October 13, 2015 by Sandra Fleming

App Info

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

Overview

Learning Emotions with the Rainbow Feelings Bear is a storybook app that teaches children a wide variety of feelings in an easy to follow app. This app is designed to teach children to express their emotions by following the corresponding colors and facial expressions. Great for young children who may find it difficult to express how they feel.

Features include:

  • 10 Feelings included
  • Narration options (Read to me, Read to myself)
  • How are you feeling activity

Quality

Children are sure to find the images and bright colors included in this app quite appealing. The developers have also done a nice job creating an app that has an easy to use for children of all ages. By simply tapping and touching the bears throughout the story and utilizing the arrows to move from page-to-page, children can easily enjoy this story on their own. The added narration option also helps make this app great for early readers.

Education

Learning Emotions with the Rainbow Feelings Bear is an app that teaches children about a variety of emotions including ‘happy’, ‘surprised’, ‘angry’, and ‘jealous’. As children grow, it can be difficult for them to communicate their feelings and emotions and really understand what they are feeling. This app not only teaches children other emotions outside of being happy, sad, or angry, but also helps them to share what they are feeling with parents and other adults in their lives using the ‘How are you feeling?’ activity.

With this being a storybook app it seems the developers have missed an opportunity to add a bit of reading practice with text highlighting in addition to the narration that is included. Adding this would certainly increase the overall educational value of the app and provide another area for children to practice and learn.

Entertainment

Not rated for entertainment.

Value

Priced at just under three dollars this app is a bit more than some parents may want to pay. While there are ten emotions included and narration options, the app does not offer any additional entertainment activities in addition to the story. There also are none of the learning tools found in many children’s ebooks, such as highlighting words as they are read aloud or embedding hidden animations in the illustrations to add interest.  Adding a few more activities and bringing down the price a bit would certainly create a more valuable app overall.

Child Friendliness

The developers have done a great job keeping this app easy and safe for young children to use. With narration options and arrows to indicate how to turn the page, readers will have no problem moving through the app on their own.

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

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Summary
Encourage your toddler to go potty by watching a bunch of cute animals head to their own potties.
3.6

App Info

Price: $2.99
AppStore User Rating: 4
Download on the App Store

Overview

If you’re trying to get your toddler to go potty, Potty Training Learning with Animals wants to help. This app uses cute animals and a semi-catchy potty training song to encourage kids to use the potty on their own. While the content is cute and likely to entertain toddlers for a few moments, the app itself has a lot of quality issues that make it hard for it to fulfill its goal of helping toddlers use the potty.

Features include:

  • Interactive potty activity
  • Fun potty song
  • Parent resource center
  • Available in 10 languages

Quality

Since this app was first released, developers have worked to add a bunch of improvements. Unfortunately, it feels as if the improvements have only decreased the quality of the app. Parents can access a protected parent area which contains multiple resources including a video on how to potty train kids, a forum focused on potty training, and potty training coloring pages. Unfortunately, the coloring pages are just linked to Pinterest pins, the forum lacks content, and the training video continues playing even when you exit the parent area, playing in the background throughout the rest of the app. The same happens with the potty song kids can select to play from the main screen. In the interactive activity, the quality is a little better and features cute animals and plenty of animation.

Education

The idea of the app is to encourage toddlers to use the potty and to teach them proper potty habits. An embedded video instructs kids how to sit on the potty, wipe, and wash their hands. Unfortunately, the same steps are not reiterated in the interactive portion of the app where kids help the animals and other characters use the potty. In the protected parent area, parents will find links to additional potty content, including an embedded video on how to potty train a child, potty coloring sheets, and a forum related to potty training. While a good effort, the content does fall a bit short of being truly helpful.

Entertainment

Potty Training Learning with the Animals offers two main activities to entertain kids: an interactive screen where they help different animals go to the potty and a potty song that shows the steps kids should follow when going to the potty. The video is a bit lengthy and not likely to hold a toddler’s attention for long. However, toddlers will likely enjoy helping animals go to the potty and tapping around their homes to make the spiders, mice, and other objects move.

Value

Given the lack of quality and basic activities, parents may find this app is over-priced. A lot of the most valuable content is in the form of embedded online videos which parents can access for free outside of the app.

Child Friendliness

One area where this app does well is in the area of child friendliness. Strong parental locks protect content in the parent area and keep kids from viewing and downloading other developer apps. The more apps icon is still visible though. Kids can also access the settings area to change the language which is likely to appeal to the toddlers the app is designed to reach.

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

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Entertainment
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Summary
Head on a jungle safari and learn about jungle animals through fun activities and stories.
3.7

App Info

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

Overview

It’s time to head on a jungle safari, learn about the animals within the jungle, and build early literacy skills all at the same time. Safari Tales allows kids to guide an animal around the jungle and discover facts about that animal along the way. After playing with an animal, kids are also treated to a special safari tale.

Features include:

  • Learn about jungle animals
  • Read interactive stories
  • Travel through the jungle
  • Play fun games
  • Earn stickers and awards

Quality

Safari Tales has the potential to be a great app for kids, but unfortunately it suffers in the quality department. It is a bit difficult to figure out how to enter the jungle (not all animals on the list allow access). Once inside the jungle, kids move the animals using a circular controller that is difficult to maneuver and can cause kids to feel a bit discombobulated. The meerkat guide does offer a bit of help, but it’s often after kids have reached the point of frustration or when they’re doing fine and don’t need help at all. There are bits of quality in the app, however. For example, from the moment kids open the app, they know they’re in the jungle because of the awesome background music. The animated animals are also created with a high quality.

Education

This app is designed to help kids learn about jungle animals and build literacy skills. After playing with an animal, kids unlock a special safari tale that tells the story of their animal in the jungle. The story is not narrated, but kids can tap on select words (highlighted in orange) to view synonyms. While exploring the jungle, kids can also tap on the meerkat and use the question wheel to form questions and gain information about animals.

Entertainment

There are a lot of fun activities hidden within the app. Some of them, such as the ability to paint the animal and teach it to do tricks, are easy to find. Others require following a path using the testy controller. If kids can figure out how to navigate through the jungle, they can unlock new animals, find the animal jam band, and earn stickers and other rewards.

Value

This app has a lot to offer for the price. Unfortunately, the quality issues lower its price. If kids can learn how to navigate the app without becoming frustrated, it may be worth a download, particularly because it introduces them to concepts such as synonyms and facts about jungle animals.

Child Friendliness

On the main screen of the app, kids will see icons for a parent corner and more apps from the developer. These sections are protected by a parental lock.

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

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Entertainment
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Summary
Touch Activated Sensory Light Show is a unique app that uses bright colored shapes, lights and sounds for children to enjoy.
3.8

App Info

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

Overview

Touch Activated Sensory Light Show is an interesting app that uses various shapes, lights, and sounds to inspire cause and effect play. With each tap on the screen, players see a unique shape appear and a fun sound play creating a fun light show to enjoy.

Features include:

  • 2 Light shows
  • Fun sound effects
  • Easy to use

Quality

There is no doubt the graphics and images that are used in this app are of high quality and quite unique. There are lots of geometric shapes, flowers, and star-like images varying in size and color that are enough to keep little ones engaged for a bit. The sound effects and music that is used throughout the app are also good and add a bit of depth to this simple app.

Education

This app is meant to help children learn and understand cause and effect play, however I’m not sure how educational it really is. As children tap the screen, new images appear and begin to spin while a fun sound (giggle, animal sound etc.) plays aloud. While the developers state that this app is designed to teach children that their actions have effects, it could use a bit of work to effectively get the message across.

Entertainment

Touch Activated Sensory Light Show is likely to be somewhat entertaining for young children as they watch the various shapes spin round and round, however I’m not sure this is an app that children are going to love playing multiple times over. One way to add a bit more entertainment value to this app is to add additional activities that incorporate the light show and shapes in a puzzle or memory game. As it is, this app leaves much to be desired.

Value

Priced at just under two dollars this app needs a bit of work to justify the price. Adding a few extra games or activities will certainly help to add a bit more value to the app and justify the price.

Child Friendliness

The developers have done a nice job of keeping this app easy to use and safe for children too. With simple tap and touch functioning, players will have no issue playing the app on their own.

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

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Entertainment
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Summary
Unique motivational app allows parents to assign kids tasks and reward them for positive behaviors.
3.5

App Info

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

Overview

Parents having trouble getting their kids to follow rules and complete tasks around the house have a new app in their corner. Bubu – Motivate Your Child is an app designed that rewards kids with points for following a set of rules. Those points can then be redeemed virtually for real-world presents and other rewards set up by the parents. The app isn’t flashy or full of games to distract kids. It’s a more simplistic app designed to remind kids what they need to do and motivate them to get it done.

Features include:

  • Set up multiple child profiles
  • Share across devices
  • Customize children’s schedules and tasks
  • Award and take away points
  • Encourage children to reach goals

Quality

Parents will find that the app is fairly easy to set up. Instructions help parents fill out their information and set up each child’s profile. The free version of the app allows one child profile, but parents can pay to add multiple profiles. Parents can also pay to customize the color scheme, get notifications, print weekly schedules, and add friends. These are all great features that parents may wish were included in the free version of the app, not as expensive in-app purchases. Another downside to the app is that it assumes families have multiple devices. One device families will not be able to use the app effectively. Since nothing is password protected on the main profile, children can access their profiles and add and take away points, which they will undoubtedly figure out how to do. When children use a different device to access the app, they will only have access to a screen showing their tasks, points, and rewards.

Education

Kids are encouraged to behave at home and at school and are rewarded for good behavior with points that can be redeemed for different rewards determined by their parents. Each child profile has a place where kids can set goals and point values to reach. The default goals are to earn 300 points for a birthday gift and 900 points for a Christmas gift. While Christmas and birthdays are two times of the year where kids will receive gifts regardless of the points they earn and, therefore, not particularly useful for many families, parents can also set their own goals for kids. They can also let kids set goals for themselves teaching them how to work hard to reach a goal.

Entertainment

One of the paid features of the app allows kids to add friends in the app. They can interact with their friends by sharing and exchanging points and other items. They can also encourage one another to work hard to meet their goals. Kids will enjoy watching their points increase and will also enjoy redeeming those points for rewards.

Value

The free version of the app allows parents to create a single child profile with a basic schedule, but puts limits on how much the profile can be customized and how many points can be earned. Parents who want full access to the app can purchase all customization options for one flat price or opt to purchase individual options. Whether purchased individually or as a bundle, these options are over-priced. For example, the option to change the color scheme costs the same as the option to create multiple child profiles. Developers would do well to cut the price of the options in half to make them a better value.

Child Friendliness

Parents set up the app on one device and link their child’s profile to another device. Two parents can manage the app if connected through separate devices. For families with multiple devices, this is a great feature. For families with one device, the app is less useful and gives children access to all of the features designed for parents.

  • NO external links
  • NO 3rd party ads
  • YES access to parent profile
  • YES social media (access from parent profile)
  • YES in-app purchase

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Summary
Head to the beach in Sweet Baby Girl Summer Fun where you can make food, get all dolled up, and have fun interacting with the girls.
3.6

App Info

Price: Free
AppStore User Rating: 4
Download on the App Store

Overview

Sweet Baby Girl Summer Fun is one of those apps that kids just love. Set at the beach, this app is designed with fun in mind. While kids don’t actually get to interact with the water, they can make hot dogs and ice cream, style hair, give manicures, and clean up a horse barn. Once they’re finished, they get to use their hard-earned coins to shop and decorate. While the in-app purchases make this initially free app a bit pricey, it’s a fun choice for kids, particularly girls, who just want to have some fun on the boardwalk.

Features include:

  • Play five different activities
  • Earn coins
  • Purchase clothing and accessories
  • Collect postcards

Quality

At first glance, Sweet Baby Girl Summer Fun doesn’t appear to be a high quality app. However, once you get past the main screen, it’s surprisingly well made. Non-verbal instructions and arrows guide kids as they complete each activity. While every activity uses the same basic motion (move your finger to make an item appear or disappear), the game incorporates different tools to make kids feel like they’re doing something different each time. As kids play, they earn coins and level up. These are tracked at the top of the screen and used to purchase clothing and other items within the game. Coins rack up quickly, making it easy for kids to make purchases.

Education

This app is not being rated for education.

Entertainment

In the free version of the app, kids can visit the hot dog stand where they get the chance to earn coins by making hot dogs. An in-app purchase gives kids access to manicures, the hair salon, an ice cream parlor, and horse care. With all of these activities, kids earn coins that they can use to purchase items in the shopping mall and the villa. Other ways to earn coins include spinning a wheel (only once per hour) and watching videos, although no videos were available at the time of this review. All of the games are fairly simple, but they’re the kinds of activities kids really enjoy. The ability to earn coins and dress up the girls in the games provides them with even more incentive to keep playing the games so they can fill their villa with furniture and purchase large amounts of flowery clothing and accessories.

Value

Downloading the app is initially free and gives kids access to the hot dog game. All other stores and games within the app must be unlocked through an in-app purchase. All of the locked games are fairly simplistic and over-priced, but still fun for kids.

Child Friendliness

While the app is free, it does offer in-app purchases. On the main screen, kids are also exposed to a large selection of other apps and a “Rate Us” icon. All of these items are visible, but protected by a parental lock that has kids hold for three seconds.

  • NO external links
  • NO social media
  • YES “more apps” (protected, but visible)
  • YES in-app purchase (protected, but visible)
  • YES “rate us” (protected, but visible)

Teddy the Panda

Quality
Entertainment
Value
Child Friendliness
Summary
Come hang out with Teddy the Panda and guide him around his bedroom to discover the fun activities and other surprises hidden inside.
3.9

App Info

Price: $1.99
AppStore User Rating: 3
Download on the App Store

Overview

Come to a play day at Teddy the Panda’s house. Teddy is ready to show kids his room and all of the fun activities they can enjoy while there. Kids can dress Teddy up, play with his toys, and even watch him jump on his bed. They use their fingers to tell him where to go and what to do. The app moves a little slowly at times, especially when loading activities, but kids will still enjoy exploring Teddy’s room.

Features include:

  • Follows child’s finger
  • Multiple activities
  • Cute panda bear
  • Happy background music

Quality

When they open the app, kids are introduced to Teddy the Panda. He is a friendly panda who waves to kids. A button with question marks in the left-hand corner directs kids to use their fingers to move Teddy in different directions. The app responds quickly to a child’s touch, but is a bit too sensitive. At times kids may struggle to move Teddy exactly where they want. They’ll also find that when they tap on an object, such as the wind-up mouse, giant ball, or stairs, that the app lags a little. Kids will keep trying to get Teddy to move while the activity is loading, leading to a bit of frustration. Once the activities load, they work fairly well and it is easy to tap on the x to end the activity and move on to something else.

Education

This app is not being rated for education.

Entertainment

As kids move Teddy the Panda around the room, they can interact with him in a variety of ways. In addition to simply poking and tickling Teddy, kids can dress him up, flip through his photo album, and even watch him jump on his bed. A few activities are more interactive than others. For example, kids can send Teddy up to his bed and watch him jump, which is not very interactive, or head to the closet where they can dress Teddy up in different shirts, hats, mustaches, and other accessories. Some of the activities are a bit hard to find, so kids will have to spend some time exploring the app to discover all of the fun little tricks and fun activities Teddy has to offer.

Value

Teddy the Panda does not have any real educational value and lacks a bit of the quality adults might expect from an app in this price range. It is, however, somewhat entertaining for kids.

Child Friendliness

A “For Parents” button appears at the bottom of the app when it is first opened, but it disappears once kids start playing with Teddy. This section, which is protected by a parental lock, contains a link to the app’s Facebook page and more apps. The parental content requires an Internet connection, at times it fails to load even when one is present.

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

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When you download a free app, you get the updates free even when the app turns to paid. If you delete the app, you can redownload the app for free. App store policies may change, but this is correct as of this date.

This week Educational Apps outnumber other categories like always.
With over 25 planned on going free, there are plenty of apps to choose from. We’ll update the post throughout the day, so don’t forget to come back – some apps stay free all weekend.

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The apps on Free App Friday are free at the time we publish, but sometimes they turn paid throughout the day. We try to remove apps that become paid again ON Friday, but just remember that the App Store price is always the price you will be charged.

Also, unlike other apps on the site, we do not review or screen Free App Friday apps, so PLEASE check the app out before you hand them off to your children.

When you download a free app, you get the updates free even when the app turns to paid. If you delete the app, you can redownload the app for free. App store policies may change, but this is correct as of this date.

This week Educational Apps outnumber other categories like always.
With over 25 planned on going free, there are plenty of apps to choose from. We’ll update the post throughout the day, so don’t forget to come back – some apps stay free all weekend.

So go and download some apps, and always remember to leave us and the developers a note if you like what you download.

Enjoy!

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Newly added free apps are listed first

Free App Friday – Our Picks

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Free App Friday – Fun & Game Apps for Kids

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Free App Friday – Book Apps for Kids

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Free App Friday – Educational Apps for Kids

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About Free App Friday

The apps on Free App Friday are free at the time we publish, but sometimes they turn paid throughout the day. We try to remove apps that become paid again ON Friday, but just remember that the App Store price is always the price you will be charged.

Also, unlike other apps on the site, we do not review or screen Free App Friday apps, so PLEASE check the app out before you hand them off to your children.

When you download a free app, you get the updates free even when the app turns to paid. If you delete the app, you can redownload the app for free. App store policies may change, but this is correct as of this date.

This week Educational Apps outnumber other categories like always.
With over 25 planned on going free, there are plenty of apps to choose from. We’ll update the post throughout the day, so don’t forget to come back – some apps stay free all weekend.

So go and download some apps, and always remember to leave us and the developers a note if you like what you download.

Enjoy!

GIFT CERTIFICATE GIVEAWAY
Leave a comment and tell us your favorite free app from today for a chance to win an App Store Gift Certificate. Winner will be announced on Monday.

Newly added free apps are listed first

Free App Friday – Our Picks

Checkout soon. We’ll be updating our section.

Free App Friday – Fun & Game Apps for Kids

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Free App Friday – Book Apps for Kids

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Free App Friday – Educational Apps for Kids

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About Free App Friday

The apps on Free App Friday are free at the time we publish, but sometimes they turn paid throughout the day. We try to remove apps that become paid again ON Friday, but just remember that the App Store price is always the price you will be charged.

Also, unlike other apps on the site, we do not review or screen Free App Friday apps, so PLEASE check the app out before you hand them off to your children.

When you download a free app, you get the updates free even when the app turns to paid. If you delete the app, you can redownload the app for free. App store policies may change, but this is correct as of this date.

This week Puppup, one of the cutest books we’ve recently reviewed, is going free and highly recommended. It’s exciting to have 8 picks on the list this week. Many of them we are looking forward to reviewing.

So whether it’s ebooks, games, creativity, or educational apps you’re looking for on Free App Friday – we have you covered. So go and download some apps, and always remember to leave us and the developers a note if you like what you download.

Enjoy!

GIFT CERTIFICATE GIVEAWAY
Leave a comment and tell us your favorite free app from today for a chance to win an App Store Gift Certificate. Winner will be announced on Monday.

Newly added free apps are listed first

Free App Friday – Our Picks
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Free App Friday – Fun & Game Apps for Kids

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Free App Friday – Book Apps for Kids

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Free App Friday – Educational Apps for Kids

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About Free App Friday

The apps on Free App Friday are free at the time we publish, but sometimes they turn paid throughout the day. We try to remove apps that become paid again ON Friday, but just remember that the App Store price is always the price you will be charged.

Also, unlike other apps on the site, we do not review or screen Free App Friday apps, so PLEASE check the app out before you hand them off to your children.

When you download a free app, you get the updates free even when the app turns to paid. If you delete the app, you can redownload the app for free. App store policies may change, but this is correct as of this date.

This week Educational Apps outnumber other categories like always.
With over 25 planned on going free, there are plenty of apps to choose from. We’ll update the post throughout the day, so don’t forget to come back – some apps stay free all weekend.

So go and download some apps, and always remember to leave us and the developers a note if you like what you download.

Enjoy!

GIFT CERTIFICATE GIVEAWAY
Leave a comment and tell us your favorite free app from today for a chance to win an App Store Gift Certificate. Winner will be announced on Monday.

Newly added free apps are listed first

Free App Friday – Our Picks
Available on the App Store
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Free App Friday – Fun & Game Apps for Kids

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Free App Friday – Book Apps for Kids

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Free App Friday – Educational Apps for Kids

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About Free App Friday

The apps on Free App Friday are free at the time we publish, but sometimes they turn paid throughout the day. We try to remove apps that become paid again ON Friday, but just remember that the App Store price is always the price you will be charged.

Also, unlike other apps on the site, we do not review or screen Free App Friday apps, so PLEASE check the app out before you hand them off to your children.

When you download a free app, you get the updates free even when the app turns to paid. If you delete the app, you can redownload the app for free. App store policies may change, but this is correct as of this date.

This week Educational Apps outnumber other categories like always.
With over 25 planned on going free, there are plenty of apps to choose from. We’ll update the post throughout the day, so don’t forget to come back – some apps stay free all weekend.

So go and download some apps, and always remember to leave us and the developers a note if you like what you download.

Enjoy!

GIFT CERTIFICATE GIVEAWAY
Leave a comment and tell us your favorite free app from today for a chance to win an App Store Gift Certificate. Winner will be announced on Monday.

Newly added free apps are listed first

Free App Friday – Our Picks

Checkout soon. We’ll be updating our section.

Free App Friday – Fun & Game Apps for Kids

Available on the App Store

Available on the App Store

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Free App Friday – Book Apps for Kids

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Free App Friday – Educational Apps for Kids

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About Free App Friday

The apps on Free App Friday are free at the time we publish, but sometimes they turn paid throughout the day. We try to remove apps that become paid again ON Friday, but just remember that the App Store price is always the price you will be charged.

Also, unlike other apps on the site, we do not review or screen Free App Friday apps, so PLEASE check the app out before you hand them off to your children.

When you download a free app, you get the updates free even when the app turns to paid. If you delete the app, you can redownload the app for free. App store policies may change, but this is correct as of this date.

This week Educational Apps outnumber other categories like always.
With over 25 planned on going free, there are plenty of apps to choose from. We’ll update the post throughout the day, so don’t forget to come back – some apps stay free all weekend.

So go and download some apps, and always remember to leave us and the developers a note if you like what you download.

Enjoy!

GIFT CERTIFICATE GIVEAWAY
Leave a comment and tell us your favorite free app from today for a chance to win an App Store Gift Certificate. Winner will be announced on Monday.

Newly added free apps are listed first

Free App Friday – Our Picks

Checkout soon. We’ll be updating our section.

Free App Friday – Fun & Game Apps for Kids

Available on the App Store

Available on the App Store

Available on the App Store

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Available on the App Store

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Free App Friday – Book Apps for Kids

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Free App Friday – Educational Apps for Kids

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Free App Friday – Art, Music, Creativity Apps for Kids

 

About Free App Friday

The apps on Free App Friday are free at the time we publish, but sometimes they turn paid throughout the day. We try to remove apps that become paid again ON Friday, but just remember that the App Store price is always the price you will be charged.

Also, unlike other apps on the site, we do not review or screen Free App Friday apps, so PLEASE check the app out before you hand them off to your children.

When you download a free app, you get the updates free even when the app turns to paid. If you delete the app, you can redownload the app for free. App store policies may change, but this is correct as of this date.

This week Educational Apps outnumber other categories like always.
With over 25 planned on going free, there are plenty of apps to choose from. We’ll update the post throughout the day, so don’t forget to come back – some apps stay free all weekend.

So go and download some apps, and always remember to leave us and the developers a note if you like what you download.

Enjoy!

GIFT CERTIFICATE GIVEAWAY
Leave a comment and tell us your favorite free app from today for a chance to win an App Store Gift Certificate. Winner will be announced on Monday.

Newly added free apps are listed first

Free App Friday – Our Picks

Checkout soon. We’ll be updating our section.

Free App Friday – Fun & Game Apps for Kids

Available on the App Store

Available on the App Store

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Free App Friday – Book Apps for Kids

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Free App Friday – Educational Apps for Kids

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About Free App Friday

The apps on Free App Friday are free at the time we publish, but sometimes they turn paid throughout the day. We try to remove apps that become paid again ON Friday, but just remember that the App Store price is always the price you will be charged.

Also, unlike other apps on the site, we do not review or screen Free App Friday apps, so PLEASE check the app out before you hand them off to your children.

When you download a free app, you get the updates free even when the app turns to paid. If you delete the app, you can redownload the app for free. App store policies may change, but this is correct as of this date.

This week Educational Apps outnumber other categories like always.
With over 25 planned on going free, there are plenty of apps to choose from. We’ll update the post throughout the day, so don’t forget to come back – some apps stay free all weekend.

So go and download some apps, and always remember to leave us and the developers a note if you like what you download.

Enjoy!

GIFT CERTIFICATE GIVEAWAY
Leave a comment and tell us your favorite free app from today for a chance to win an App Store Gift Certificate. Winner will be announced on Monday.

Newly added free apps are listed first

Free App Friday – Our Picks

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Free App Friday – Book Apps for Kids

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About Free App Friday

The apps on Free App Friday are free at the time we publish, but sometimes they turn paid throughout the day. We try to remove apps that become paid again ON Friday, but just remember that the App Store price is always the price you will be charged.

Also, unlike other apps on the site, we do not review or screen Free App Friday apps, so PLEASE check the app out before you hand them off to your children.

When you download a free app, you get the updates free even when the app turns to paid. If you delete the app, you can redownload the app for free. App store policies may change, but this is correct as of this date.

This week Fun & Game Apps outnumber other categories amazingly.

With over 25 planned on going free, there are plenty of apps to choose from. We’ll update the post throughout the day, so don’t forget to come back – some apps stay free all weekend.

So go and download some apps, and always remember to leave us and the developers a note if you like what you download.

Enjoy!

GIFT CERTIFICATE GIVEAWAY

Leave a comment and tell us your favorite free app from today for a chance to win an App Store Gift Certificate. Winner will be announced on Monday.

Newly added free apps are listed first

Free App Friday – Our Picks

Checkout soon. We’ll be updating this section.

Free App Friday – Fun & Game Apps for Kids

Available on the App Store

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About Free App Friday

The apps on Free App Friday are free at the time we publish, but sometimes they turn paid throughout the day. We try to remove apps that become paid again ON Friday, but just remember that the App Store price is always the price you will be charged.

Also, unlike other apps on the site, we do not review or screen Free App Friday apps, so PLEASE check the app out before you hand them off to your children.

When you download a free app, you get the updates free even when the app turns to paid. If you delete the app, you can redownload the app for free. App store policies may change, but this is correct as of this date.

This week Educational Apps outnumber other categories like always.

With over 25 planned on going free, there are plenty of apps to choose from. We’ll update the post throughout the day, so don’t forget to come back – some apps stay free all weekend.

So go and download some apps, and always remember to leave us and the developers a note if you like what you download.

Enjoy!

GIFT CERTIFICATE GIVEAWAY
Leave a comment and tell us your favorite free app from today for a chance to win an App Store Gift Certificate. Winner will be announced on Monday.

Newly added free apps are listed first

Free App Friday – Our Picks
Available on the App Store
Available on the App Store

Free App Friday – Fun & Game Apps for Kids

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Free App Friday – Book Apps for Kids

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Free App Friday – Educational Apps for Kids

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Free App Friday – Art, Music, Creativity Apps for Kids

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About Free App Friday

The apps on Free App Friday are free at the time we publish, but sometimes they turn paid throughout the day. We try to remove apps that become paid again ON Friday, but just remember that the App Store price is always the price you will be charged.

Also, unlike other apps on the site, we do not review or screen Free App Friday apps, so PLEASE check the app out before you hand them off to your children.

When you download a free app, you get the updates free even when the app turns to paid. If you delete the app, you can redownload the app for free. App store policies may change, but this is correct as of this date.

Available in the App Store

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When it comes to learning the basics, I find it’s sometimes best to bundle them into one kid-friendly app for the best effect. The new Writing My First … 5-in-1 app combines lessons on colors, letters, numbers, shapes and positions, and even contains a fun drawing board for kids where color and creativity combine.

While the app is entirely kid-friendly with no advertisements and zero outside links or inappropriate social networking content, it is a bit simple in my opinion. The number and letter learning interfaces are the best in the bunch. The app includes a number song and a letter song (a bit favorite with the kiddos) and has leveled practice so that kids can learn the basics for writing each in a structured manner with plenty of help.

However, I expected the cool features in those two interfaces to apply to the rest of the app. Unfortunately the colors, positions and shapes portions do not include any sound. I expected at least that the app would announce them aloud or have an option for kids to hear the words.

The app is also a bit buggy. In the positions area, for example, the thumbnail images for “in front of” and “in” are switched. So touching “in” brings up a larger image of “in front of” and vice versa. The app also force closed on me and the kids several times. It didn’t take much to trigger this, and we were working on an iPad 2 with the latest software version.

With all those little errors, it’s even harder to swallow the app’s price. Coming in at $9.99, I certainly expected a bit more content and a bit more quality. If it had a lower price, I’d consider giving the app a slightly higher score, since the number and letter learning interfaces are so smart, with guided practice and practice sheets that take the place of wasteful paper sheets.

Bottom line

Writing My First … 5-in-1 is a smart app for teaching kids how to write letters and numbers, but it could use a bit of work and a serious slash in prices.

We provide the first “all-in-one” amazing iPad app for kids, toddlers and preschoolers! Professionally designed and developed with preschool teachers in mind.

This app will provide a full complete 5in1 app for teaching a huge amount of activities for your kids. Our primary goal is “Tracing Activities” and “Fine Motor Skills”.

Writing My First…

✔… Introduces the letters (alphabet) and numbers.
✔… Learn to draw by tracing over step by step templates (Letters & Numbers).
✔… Very intuitive and easy to use interface.
✔… Combined color pallet.
✔… Blank pages to practice freehand drawing.
✔… Friendly songs and sound effects.
✔… Building confidence with drawing and art in any age group!

Made For…:
✔… Age group 2 to 10+.

Learning Skills:
✔… Art and creativity, right brain thinking.
✔… Basic building blocks of a drawing.
✔… Fine motor skills for younger audience.

Available in the App Store

When it comes to building reading skills, I can’t get enough apps in my kids hands. The new Sight Words with Word Bingo app puts more than 140 words together in one app, and makes learning them fun. Let’s see if it passes my parent test.
The Good
There are definitely some good things about the Sight Words 2 app. The word variety is pretty good. It breaks words into two categories: first and second grade, and does a solid job of following educational standards. The app’s Word Tour section allows kiddos to hear and see words spelled out. Once the learning is complete, it’s on to the app’s word games for lots of practice and reinforcement.
Find n Shoot, Unscramble, Memory Game and Bingo all feature an easy and hard level. And there’s even a Red Words section where you can flag trouble word for easy review.
The Bad
Unfortunately, there are a few downsides to the app. First and foremost, there are two links on the app’s main page that lead out of the app, a big red flag for me and mine. The graphics are a bit basic and uninspiring. Also, my kiddos ran into a few errors in the app. After playing the Unscramble game for a little while, the app’s audio gave out, making it very hard to hear the word the game was asking them to unscramble. I had to force close the game a few times to fix the issue. The app also closed itself when we hit the home button once or twice. And that was all before they’d even been playing very long.
Bottom line
For $1.99 the Sight Words 2 is a fair value. With a few adjustments and updates it could be something special. Great for word practice, with a little supervision.

NEW APP – Just released on Appstore!

Introducing Sight Words 2 with Word Bingo and 5 built-in games! All new words in this comprehensive Sight Words app with multiple games, including Word Bingo! This app is designed to educate and entertain 1st and 2nd graders, Pre-Schoolers, Kindergarteners!

FEATURES INCLUDE:

★ 1st and 2nd grade levels
★ Professional voiceovers for excellent auditory learning
★ 5 built-in games for playful learning
★ Hard and easy levels of difficulty for games
★ All new Word Bingo!
★ Superb memory building with memory game!
★ Adfree – No interruptions

Learning Sight Words has never been so much fun! Using all touch features which kids love with playful sounds and professionally recorded voiceovers, this is a complete learning experience for any child who is beginning to learn Sight Words or looking to enhance vocabulary and memory. Regular Price: 1.99

Available in the App Store

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Want a fun new way to teach your little one classic children’s songs? The new CookieCoo Dancing Star app combines fun kid’s tunes, cute dancing characters and rhythm gameplay for a bright and shiny app that’s a ton of fun.

In CookieCoo Dancing Star, your child will be able to tap along to songs. Choose from three difficulties (easy, normal and hard) or let your little one sing along and enjoy the show in watch mode. You can even customize which instrument they tap on and which character dances along. It’s pretty darn cute, and my kids loved the characters instantly.

The CookieCoo Dancing Star app comes with three classic songs: Hokey Pokey, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, and This is the Way We Wash Our Face. It also has 12 additional songs and a whole other album of 15 songs that are coming soon. Unfortunately, each set of three songs costs an additional $.99 to unlock. That raises a few red flags in my book.

For starters, that means the app has a ton of links to buy additional content. It also means that it’s going to cost you at least five dollars to unlock all the current content, and another $5 when the new album comes out. While CookieCoo Dancing Star is a really cute application and the concept is cool, I just don’t see it meriting that much of an investment. A lot of these songs are featured in educational morning shows, or you could easily teach them to your little one yourself.

I could see the value in this app increase if you were focusing on teaching your little one about rhythm, or grooming a future drummer from the age of 2. Otherwise, I just don’t see it having the staying power to justify the price, at least for my family.

Bottom line

CookieCoo Dancing Star is well crafted and full of cartoon fun, but the price tag and links to in-app purchases bring its star score down a bit.

Entertain and educate little ones with this musically mesmerizing rhythm game sensation!

CookieCoo Dancing Star teaches kids to sing and play along with a variety of popular, educational children’s songs. With a variety of instruments to choose from, and a troupe of five cuddly, silly dancers to accompany the songs, children will fall in love with this game, and parents will too!

CookieCoo Dancing Star is designed to be easy for little hands to get the hang of, and is appropriate for a wide range of ages. Children can play at different difficulty levels, by themselves or with a parent, or they can simply enjoy watching the CookieCoo dancing stars dance and sing. There are plenty of popular songs to choose from, and many more are on the way!

Features:

-Child-friendly interface

-Watch mode for those who aren’t ready to play along yet

-Easy, Medium, and Hard difficulty levels

-Friendly, positive feedback—no frustration!
Regular Price: $.99

Available in the App Store

 

Morotobi’s Adventure is an interactive book available on the iPad and iPhone. In some ways, the main character could be compared to Bart Simpson (from The Simpsons TV series) or SpongeBob (TV series). This app does contain what I would consider to be crude behavior for kids. I would suggest that you review this app prior to handing it over to your children.

The storyline of the app is a hodgepodge of fairy tales and can seem a bit choppy in places and ends with an unexpected conclusion. There are plenty of interactive objects throughout the story; some with surprising results. The developers have done a good job of providing clues to guide you through the various methods of interacting with the objects. In some cases you will tilt the device; others require you to touch or drag the objects.

Colorful illustrations, appropriate music and sounds help the reader become immersed into the story. The monsters may be a bit scary for some kids; especially at bedtime so I would not recommend this as a bedtime read.

A great amount of work has obviously been put into the menu, which appears on the main screen and can be accessed anytime during the story. The menu contains buttons for an in-app help, home, search (thumbnails of each page), bookmark, memo, narration (on/off) and language (Korean or English). The bookmark feature allows you to bookmark pages; the pages will appear in the index as bookmarked. Another unique feature is the ability to add memos to each page. Page navigation, while reading the story, has invisible buttons in the lower left and right corners, instead of swiping to turn the pages.

At the end of the story you will find a few discussion questions. These questions are good discussion starters being the story covers things such as being teased because of your name and good vs. evil.

Suggestions for the developer:

Change the age range of the app in iTunes to be at least 9+; some content is not appropriate for younger kids and parents should be advised of this upfront.

Remove the Facebook, website and e-mail buttons from the end of the story. It is preferred that buttons like that either be removed from the app or hidden away where the child cannot press them being they take the child out of the app.

Bottom line

Morotobi’s Adventure is an interactive storybook with great navigational features.
Morotobi’s Adventure is an interactive story book replete with a sweet sense of humor, bright graphics, and a compelling narrative. Follow little Morotobi on a one of a kind adventure, and participate at every stage along the way! This fanciful, whimsy-filled storybook is a wonderful way to teach the delights of reading, made more exciting by the book’s delightful animation and vibrant color. Regular Price: 0

Available in the App Store

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GeoPop Global Challenge by SleekGeek was in the top 15 in our Readers’ Favorite Geography apps.

GeoPop is a challenging world geography app designed for ages 9 and older. This highly customizable, iPad only, app starts out colorful, in the beginning level, but then the developer has creatively used color in the harder levels to add to the difficulty of the levels as all of the countries look similar, even the water is a similar shade of color as the countries.

The app has three levels of difficulty, easy, normal and challenge; easy quizzes only on location of countries, normal and challenge quiz on geography, landmarks, culture, history, sports and current events. Hint and skip buttons are available, if needed. A button to turn music on or off is on every screen so that music can be muted at anytime throughout the app.

The number of questions to be quizzed on and the duration of the quiz are customizable. There are five options, with values of 15-50, for the number of questions that will be in the quiz; and four options, with values of 60-180 seconds, for how many seconds you will be given to answer the number of questions.

If you are feeling a bit competitive, high scores are tracked, allowing the user to enter their name at the end of the quiz.

Moving around the World, to find the applicable country, while answering the questions is easy; and the ability to zoom in or out is available. All continents, except Antarctica, are included, but NOT all countries within each continent are included.

Suggestions for the developer:

Add a learning level for beginners; include learning just the continents and then progress to learning the countries in one continent at a time, or at least provide that as an option.

For all levels, after three or four tries provide the option of showing where the country is.

Include all of the countries within the continents; there should be one, if not two, questions for every country in the World.

Bottom line

GeoPop Global Challenge is a reasonably priced, challenging world geography app for ages 9+, but falls behind some of the other geography apps that we’ve reviewed.
GeoPop Global Challenge is an addictive new geography game from SleekGeek, makers or teacher-created educational apps.

GeoPop is designed for true beginners who are just figuring out which Korea is North Korea, to the mad “Geo Freaks” who can spout off what the indigenous languages of Paraguay are without blinking and everyone in between.

Children and adults can choose from three levels of difficulty and test your knowledge of all things international, from soccer, to coup d’etats, from ancient history to the latest events that shape this crazy planet we call home.

Scroll and Zoom around on the iPad ‘s incredibly easy to use interface while feeding your brain’s desire for dopamine with GeoPop, and soon you’ll be impressing everyone with your crazy geographical facts!

GeoPop features hundreds of questions that touch all continents as well as relevant hints to help you pin point the right country before the clock runs out.

Rated 9+ for the following: Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes

Available in the App Store

Kid-Capsule lets you create, keep and share your precious moments with ease, thanks to the app’s straightforward user interface and multiple sharing options.

Keeping a baby book can be a lot of work, not to mention time consuming. That’s why I love apps like Kid-Capsule. It makes keeping track of the important things a little easier as time goes whooshing by, especially during those first few busy years.

How to Use It

To use Kid-Capsule you’ll create a profile for each child in your family, recording their name, date of birth, hair color and other important details. Then the fun begins. You can record children’s weight, height, delivery method, location and even your doctor and hospital information.

In the events tab you can use the app’s categories to commemorate your child’s progress, from their first steps and words to their friends, vacations and artistic endeavors. Or, of course, you can create custom headings and save anything you please.

All of the sections of Kid-Capsule support importing and attaching pictures and videos. So not only can you record written details and dates, you have a super easy way to organize photos alongside milestones.

Our Favorite Things About Kid-Capsule

Two features really stand out about this app. One is the intuitive search function. As you use Kid-Capsule, it’s going to start holding a lot of precious data. Finding it is never more than a simple search away. We did have a little bit of a responsiveness issue with this though, but more about that in a minute.

We also really love the sharing options in this app. Not only can you send fun scrapbook style pages with videos, photos, event details and more via email and to other Kid-Capsule users, you can actually post events directly to Facebook, as long as you aren’t trying to share a video.

Functionality Issues

While using and navigating Kid-Capsule is relatively easy, we did have a little problem with the app’s responsiveness. Specifically, when you are looking at a video or picture and want to use the search function it doesn’t always work. It also doesn’t let you use the button to change from the photo area to the video section. This was the only big problem we encountered while running the app on the latest version of iOS on an iPhone 4 and on an iPad 2.

Bottom line

Some of this app’s features are wonderful, such as the sharing options and the search function, but does have a bug or two and we wish it exported data as easily opened files.

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