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JumpStart Art Studio By Knowledge Adventure

  • October 14, 2011 7:24 am

JumpStart Art Studio By Knowledge Adventure is a great coloring app for kids up to probably age seven. Be sure to watch the video where you will see my four and a half year old navigate the app easily, pick colors, erase mistakes and have a bit of fun. Of course be sure to check out the Big Grips Frame for iPad 2 – Pink that we love and never leaves the edge of the kids’ iPad.

This app is really free style drawing, which is tougher for some kids, but others are sure to find it more rewarding than a more guided with a stencil. There are a lot of options in the app however, so your child is sure to explore the app for a while.

My four year old got into it more when she realized there where stamps and backgrounds she could use, so a bit of guidance is probably a good idea when starting out. This is the case with most apps.

Overall a great drawing app. No crashes or problems locking up, easy to navigate for lots of fun.

Fun – 4
Attention – 4
Learning – 2 (it is a drawing app, not a learning app)

Total- 10

Word Wall HD By Emantras Inc

  • October 11, 2011 3:50 pm

Word Wall HD By Emantras Inc a great educational app by a company who really knows that space well. Emantras has many kids educational apps for everything from words to dissecting animals. A really great app publisher with a lot of apps to offer.

Specifically Word Wall HD By Emantras Inc is meant to teach your child letters and then words. The app is designed to span a wide range of ages. My daughter who is four is ready to explore all the letters since she knows them well, but figuring out how to spell a word is something she is working on. The app covers the whole range.

There isn’t just one game in Word Wall HD By Emantras Inc either. It is a full set of learning games with a couple skill levels to choose from. My daughter was dragging letters to name the picture, simply choosing a letter to explore, and having fun while doing it.

When I was done with this video she stopped me and asked me to record her some more thinking that she had to stop playing with the app. It is fun and rewarding with stickers and achievements and she did not want to stop. Of course I explained that she could play with the app some more and I would watch :)

My daughter has been playing with the app for a while on our iPhones, but since we picked up the excellent Big Grips Frame for iPad 2 – Pink, we haven’t been able to pull her away from the iPad.

Emantras has an HD version of the app as well as the standard version that we were using, so be sure to grab the right one from the iTunes Store!

Fun – 4
Learning – 5
Attention – 5
Total – 14

Monster Coloring Book By The Guys In The Booth

  • October 1, 2011 7:14 am

Monster Coloring Book By The Guys In The Booth is a simple and fun coloring app for kids. The characters that your child is able to color are unique and interesting. The process of coloring is simple enough for the smallest painter and the stickers and patterns keep the older kids interested.

I was happy to see that The Guys In The Booth decided to do away with the in-app purchases. I do not care for that model at all. With the 1.1 update you get access to all the stickers and everything else in the app that I can remember was for purchase before.

There is a lite version of the app in the app store, but for a few bucks, just go for the full app! For younger kids you just start up the app for them and they are set. For older kids they will handle it all on their own. I was surprised to see my daughter could save her work and view it later in the gallery as well!

Do not forget about the case our iPad is in (I get an email after every review about this case). You can pick up the Big Grips! Case here: Big Grips Frame for iPad 2 – Pink

Fun – 4
Learning – 2
Attention – 5

Total – 11

Math Samurai By Edin

  • September 9, 2011 7:30 am

Math Samurai By Edin is a fun and simple math reinforcement app. The game play is mesmerizing to young kids. The swiping and slashing it challenging enough to keep the game interesting while reinforcing what your child is learning in school.

A simple math learning app that is fun to play. Math Samurai By Edin is definitely a download because it offers a different way to learn math. Instead of figuring out the answer you need to figure out the operand. A great take on classic math skills!

Fun – 4
Attention – 4
Learning – 5

Total – 13

Math Force Delta By Brian West

  • September 8, 2011 7:17 am

Math Force Delta By Brian West is a simple and very good math learning app. Math Force Delta By Brian West teaches addition, multiplication, division, and subtraction in a simple to play, but still challenging, app.

The idea behind Math Force Delta By Brian West is that you need to answer the math problem in order to shoot down the alien spaceship. Perhaps NASA could use this app. Probably not.

The app spans a large age group because you have the change to go to harder levels as you get better at the problems. My ten year old was having some fun/trouble with the hardest setting. It is a challenge. Learning is fun with Math Force Delta By Brian West.

Brian West seems to have a good handle on learning apps. We have reviewed his apps before, and loved those too!

Fun – 4
Attention – 4
Learning – 5

Total – 13

100 Butterflies By Little Five Games

  • September 2, 2011 7:34 am

100 Butterflies By Little Five Games is a very simple counting app. The graphics in 100 Butterflies By Little Five Games are very well done and well suited for a target audience of young girls learning to count. My four year old loved to click each butterfly and see each fly away as they came out of their cocoon.

What your child is going to learn is number by repetition and I think this is the perfect app for my four year old at this point. She can count to 13, but gets a little mixed up above that number. She has yet to realize that there is a system to the numbers and that is where this app can help. Repetition can drive that idea home.

The other game in the app asks your child to find the numbers in sequence. This gives the app another dimension where your child is quizzed while still learning the numbers. There isn’t a score or a reprimand, but only a suggestion to look for the correct number as it is spoken. Great job on that!

Learning – 5
Attention – 3
Fun – 4
Total – 12

A great number learning app. Stands on its own teaching by repetition in a simple game.

Mentor-Words By Mentor-Kids

  • August 30, 2011 7:09 am

Mentor-Words By Mentor-Kids is an awesome learning app for kids to learn words by site. We have reviewed several books made apps that present learning words in the same way, but the puzzle feature of Mentor-Words By Mentor-Kids sets it apart.

The idea is simple you have three modes: Choose a word to match to an object, find an animal to match to a word, or spell the word using the alphabet and outlines.

The first two choices are a bit hard for my four year old to do on her own. She needs an adult sitting there with here. That is absolutely ok! This level of learning takes a bit of involvement.

The third choice she can handle on her own and it still has the potential to teach her the words along with proper placement or spelling of the letters in the word.

I am impressed with this simple yet potentially very effective spelling/reading app called Mentor-Words By Mentor-Kids. The game play isn’t perfect since the screen sometimes scrolls rather than clicks, but that takes about two times to get used to and you are on your way.

Learning – 5
Attention – 5
Fun – 4
Total – 14

Tappie Colorit By ADUK GmbHZanymation

  • August 29, 2011 7:01 am

Tappie Colorit By ADUK GmbHZanymation is a fun app for youngsters to learn about shapes and colors. Tappie Colorit By ADUK GmbHZanymation is a very simple app with only a few aspects to the learning, but that is the point.

The app opens and tells you that it is appropriate for 1+ and I bet Digital Baby would agree. It is the perfect app for the child who knows how to use an iPad, but hasn’t gotten all the shapes and colors down yet.

My four year old likes the app, but has it mastered. She still has fun playing it for 10 minutes at a time.

Fun – 5
Attention – 4
Learning – 5 (for young kids this is a great learning app).

Total – 14

I Learn With Poko: Seasons and Weather!

  • August 22, 2011 9:12 am

I Learn With Poko: Seasons and Weather! and the whole I Learn with Poko series are great learning apps that are also fun. My four year old was playing with this app for a very long time. It was interesting to see–and you can see it in the video because it had been a while since she played the app–that the learning is interactive and interesting.

Figuring out which picture shows rain or snow is fun and can be challenging too. This app has some legs! There are several levels so I Learn With Poko: Seasons and Weather! is something your child is going to come back to over and over again.

The graphics are well done, the audio is pleasant, and the process is simple for a young one to figure out after a bit of help. These are all important traits.

Fun – 4
Learning – 5
Attention – 4

Total – 13

I Learn With Poko: Seasons and Weather! is available for the iPhone and iPad, but in separate apps (choose carefully).

Grannys Cats By Pause Productions

  • August 19, 2011 7:39 am

Grannys Cats By Pause Productions is a simple whimsical app that has your child grabbing cats and throwing them off the screen or dropping them on Grandma. If you drop too many in the wrong spot Grandma falls. It is a neat app to learning balancing skills and some hand eye coordination and my four year old loves to see Grandma fall!

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