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Talking Times Table – Easy study and fast learning By Zofia Kosarzycka

  • October 11, 2016 6:37 am

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As kids get older they are asked to learn a lot of new things in school or at home. Multiplication is one of those things. Years ago we were sent home with a “times table” printed on a sheet which we memorized and moved on.

Not anymore. Kids today have apps like Talking Times Table that give them an interactive way to learn their times table that is just a little less boring than that sheet of paper we used. Certainly multiplication tables are still useful and Talking Times Table makes it a little more fun.

How effective is Talking Times Table ? We think it is exactly what is needed. A simple app that can be used for multiple children to learn their times tables quickly. You get graded on your work and you can see your progress easily. Parents can have their kids spend 10-15 minutes at a time with the app and be assured their kids are getting the most of that time.

Learning: 5
Fun: 3 (it is is a great learning app!)
Attention: 4

Total: 12. A great app for its purpose!

Time for Bed Little Ted

  • January 20, 2016 6:31 am

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Here at Kid’s iPhone App Review we really like apps that help kids relax. Whether it is time for bed or just in the car on a long (or short) trip, apps that are geared towards relaxing are very useful.

Time for Bed Little Ted is one of the apps we love to have around. Even though Kaylin is a bit older now, she had a lot of fun playing with the app. She has been under the weather as you can hear in the video, but once we were done shooting she made it through the whole book twice.

We like the fact that the book has a few different aspects to it. Kaylin can record her own voice or I could record it for her so she can listen when I travel. She can color if the book doesn’t get her asleep, and she can choose to just have the book read to her.

These features with a screen timeout mean that she might even put herself to sleep with the app!

We really like Time for Bed Little Ted and give it the following rating:

Learning: 3 (for kids learning to read)
Fun: 3
Attention: 4

Total: 10. A great score for an app designed for a single purpose.

Baseball Kings By APPNORI

  • January 6, 2015 8:49 am

Baseball Kings By APPNORI is a difficult, but fun app for slightly older kids that is sure to last a while. We had the most fun with Baseball Kings By APPNORI after we were done recording seeing who could do the best. This lasted until she was nearly late for school. It was a lot of fun and I did lose.

The idea is somewhat familiar and simple – but the game is not. That is why we recommend Baseball Kings By APPNORI. You start with simply swiping your finger on the screen to throw a pitch. Easy right? Sure in the video my daughter does make it look easy, but it isn’t. Soon you are trying to twist and turn and throw the ball in a specific manner which takes some thinking.

Luckily a training mode is included in Baseball Kings By APPNORI which helps a lot. You can always move past your rookie badge as you get better and better too. Baseball Kings By APPNORI is a fun app for the back of the car and on of the first apps for older kids (and adults) that we really enjoy!

Be sure to check out the video::

Fun: 4
Attention: 4
Learning: 1

Total: 9 (great for a non-educational app!)

Perfect Kick By Chillingo Ltd

  • November 30, 2014 6:09 am

My daughter loves playing soccer so Perfect Kick By Chillingo Ltd is a perfect fit for her. Not that it teaches much in the way of soccer skills, but that it is a fun app with a soccer theme.

Game play is interesting since you do need to swipe to the right direction and with the right amount to get the ball to do what you want it to do. The players are interesting characters and the challenge is certainly there. My 7-year-old has picked up this game many times and played for a while each time.

There are a few modes to the game, but her favorite is challenge mode. Perfect Kick By Chillingo Ltd makes some pretty fun stuff.

Any age.

Fun: 4
Attention : 4
Learning: 1
Total: 9

Turtle Invaders By Zyrobotics LLC

  • November 29, 2014 6:03 am

Turtle Invaders By Zyrobotics LLC is a fun remake of the classic invaders game. It is very similar in play to the classic without stealing any of the graphics or timing.

Turtle Invaders By Zyrobotics LLC is actually pretty hard. Your octopus can only shoot so many ink dots and knock out so many turtles. Turtle Invaders By Zyrobotics LLC is fun though. My daughter played it for quite a while and even comments in the video how hard it can be. Just hard enough to get her to keep trying. Good job.

Just about all ages, but perhaps 6-10 would find it interesting.

Fun: 3
Attention: 4
Learning: 2
Total: 9

A Troop is a Group of Monkeys By Little Bahalia Publishing

  • March 7, 2013 7:51 am

A Troop is a Group of Monkeys – Little Bahalia Publishing is a fun and interesting book. The typical book features are there. You can have the book read to your child or read it yourself, the words being read are displayed at the bottom of the page, but are not highlighted. The topics in the book are what are impressive.

A Troop is a Group of Monkeys – Little Bahalia Publishing takes your child through sixteen different animals and the term that defines a group of those animals. It is a simple concept, but when added with the teaching tips there is a real chance for some learning in this simple book.

A Troop is a Group of Monkeys – Little Bahalia Publishing adds in the idea of memorization, reading, and simple identification to an illustrated book. The characters move, and the narration is well done. A Troop is a Group of Monkeys – Little Bahalia Publishing is an app that your child can pick up and start reading within a minute. That is ideal for the most basic learning experience, but when you sit with your child and experience A Troop is a Group of Monkeys – Little Bahalia Publishing with them, the book takes on a while new potential.

Attention – 4
Learning – 4
Fun – 3

Total – 11

iPad only.

Story Train By SS Infotek Inc

  • February 27, 2013 6:52 am

Story Train – SS Infotek Inc., is a fun and simple game to teach your young one reading, letters, numbers, coloring, and some topics about animals and farms. Included in the game are two stories for free and four more than can be unlocked for .99. The drawing app is simple, but that is a positive. Your child is given either a blank slate to draw on or templates of letters, numbers, or coloring book type pictures of different objects. 19 coloring pages in all.

For .99 Story Train – SS Infotek Inc., is a great app to load on your iphone (it is an iPhone app, but scales ok on the iPad too) and head out in the car. My six-year-old spent 15 minutes with the app the first time she touched it and will likely pick it up a few more times in the future.

Learning – 4
Fun – 3
Attention – 4

Total – 11

Be sure to check out the video too:

Thomas & Friends: Engine Activities By Callaway Digital Arts, Inc.

  • December 26, 2011 7:10 am

Thomas & Friends: Engine Activities By Callaway Digital Arts, Inc. is another great activity app by Callaway Digital Arts. My four year old loves Thomas & Friends but she loves puzzles and coloring even more. Thomas & Friends: Engine Activities By Callaway Digital Arts, Inc. hits the spot for her. It is a lot of fun.

For some reason I think boys might enjoy Thomas & Friends: Engine Activities By Callaway Digital Arts, Inc. more than girls just because, well, Thomas is a train I guess, but my daughter still loves the app and game.

Is it typical that Thomas & Friends: Engine Activities By Callaway Digital Arts, Inc. would b so popular? Is it an easy formula to come up with a great activity app? It seems not. The activities in Thomas & Friends: Engine Activities By Callaway Digital Arts, Inc. are similar to those activities you would find in a traditional coloring book, puzzle, and matching game set. Three in one!

Attention – 4
Learning – 3
Fun – 4

Total – 11

If course we love the Big Grips iPad case. Be sure to check it out:

The Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree By Oceanhouse Media

  • December 23, 2011 7:22 am

The Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree By Oceanhouse Media is another great book from Oceanhouse Media. We have mentioned this several times this week already, but we love the style of the books, the interactivity, the narration, and The Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree By Oceanhouse Media adds another touch – flaps to open and close.

We all remember the books with flaps as kids. By the time I got a hold of a book with this hidden gems they were all very well worn and easy to notice, some were ripped right off in fact. That is hard to do with the iPad version of these books. The flaps are a fun addition to the story and usually hide something silly and funny.

The Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree By Oceanhouse Media is a neat story of out favorite family of bears getting their tree ready for the holidays!

Fun – 4
Learning – 3
Attention – 4

Total – 11

It looks like the Big Grips iPad Frame is sold out! We love that iPad frame and hope that as you read this you already picked yours up or have one on order for Christmas. Check the other colors if Pink is out of stock. It is a no brainer. Buy the Big Grips iPad Frame.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! – Dr. Seuss By Oceanhouse Media

  • December 19, 2011 7:40 am

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! – Dr. Seuss By Oceanhouse Media is another great book/app from Oceanhouse Media. This book is not my daughter’s favorite since it is sort of dark and scary, but it is still a very good book and some kids like different things. The book is well written and narrated in a man’s voice. Almost that of the Grinch himself!

The animations and drawings are done in a typical Dr. Seuss style, but with less color. I almost felt like I had downloaded a copy of the book before it was sent overseas to be colored :) I bet that is not the case and instead is meant to match the overall style of the original.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! – Dr. Seuss By Oceanhouse Media is a classic Christmas book, story, movie, and now app. Just having the book to enjoy on a cold winter night makes the purchase worth it. I haven’t given it a try, but showing the app on a flat screen with the whole family via HDMI might make for some new traidtions!

Fun – 2 (it is a book)
Attention – 4
Learning – 3

Total – 9

Of course we watch the whole book in the best frame we have found for the iPad2 – the Big Grips iPad Frame. We love the case. Just yesterday (when the video below was recorded) our four year old was walking into the kitchen with the iPad in her case as it always is. She hit the doggy gate and nearly dropped the iPad! If not for the awesome grip the Frame provides the iPad would have been on the ground. We have a tile floor and without the case it would certainly have dented the iPad at least. I bet with the case it would not have even mattered.