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Lilo Helps the Easter Bunny by Kids App Design Studio

  • August 24, 2011 7:00 am

Lilo Helps the Easter Bunny by Kids App Design Studio is a great learning adventure app. Really Lilo Helps the Easter Bunny by Kids App Design Studio is an app for exploration. My four year old will not put it down once we remind her to play it.

Just as the title says you are helping the Easter Bunny find their eggs. The app starts with a simple story and then changes into different activities where you can color eggs or paint them as the story continues. The app was developed by a Dutch developer and is available in a few languages. The translation is apparent, but it does not take away from the game at all.

This is the sort of app you could give to two kids on the iPad and let them work together to make it through the story.

You cannot see it in the video, but many of the items on the page move when touched. The spider crawls, the monkey moves, and there are several more interactive elements to each page. Be sure to explore!

Fun – 5
Attention – 5
Learning – 2

Total – 12

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

Paint My Wings by Toca Boca

  • August 1, 2011 7:47 am

Paint My Wings by Toca Boca is an app my four year old absolutely loves. She took to it immediately and has painted probably 40 butterflies in the past few days. She spends a lot of time one each butterfly and of course she takes a picture of each one.

Paint My Wings by Toca Boca is another beautifully simple app. You are presented with a butterfly and asked to paint its wings. On the left you get several colors to choose from but the colors come as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc. The neat thing is that when you paint the left wing the color is automatically repeated on the right (just like we assume in nature). When my four year old realized this she was very pleased. You could see the recognition in her eyes.

Your child just paints with her finger and can adjust the “brush” in the bottom left. For older kids (or parents) this means we can create some neat butterflies. For the kids it is a change of pace. Great app.

Fun – 5
Attention – 5
Learning – 2 (hand eye coordination, but really this is a fun app not a learning app).

Total – 12

Doggie Go Go by GroundHum.com

  • June 13, 2011 6:41 am

Doggie Go Go by GroundHum.com is a very engaging app for young kids. It is a “side scroller” type application instead of a “page flipper” or level based application. You move from left to right in the app to see the rest of the game.

Can your child learn something from Doggie Go Go by GroundHum.com? Sure. If you help. The game is very engaging, as I said earlier, but it does not guide the child through any learning activities per se. I suppose the ice cream scoops do sort of have some learning potential, but really the parent needs to be there to assist in the learning process or it will not take place.

Is this app worth the download? Sure. It grabs the attention of my four year old and keeps it for a very long time. The game is very multidimensional with the dog as the main character and a backdrop of many activities. It is a fun app for kids and my four year old likes to explore it–even a month or more after downloading the app.

Fun – 5
Learning – 2
Attention – 5
Total – 12

This app is available for the iPhone and iPad.

SwipeTapTap By MochiBits

  • May 9, 2011 7:17 am

SwipeTapTap By MochiBits is a fun app for kids to play. Can it teach them something? Perhaps, but that is not the point. It is fun and also kind of hard. The first video I have is of my four year old playing the game. She loves it and has lot of fun, but it is hard for her. Her video only shows the Tap Tap portion of the game, but there is a lot more to it I assure you.

When I play the game I go for the mode where it gets harder and harder as you go along. It adds in swipes and gets faster. It is a lot of fun and also hard. That is the point. Just to get as far as you can make it. I enjoy it and spend 10-15 minutes each time I open it up.

Is it a fun game to have on your device? Yep. Is it challenging? Sure is. Edit: After I wrote this review we started to challenge each other and it has become a lot of fun. Check out the videos below to see how such a simple but challenging app can be fun for everyone in the family.

Fun – 5
Attention – 3
Learning – 2

Total – 10, but this is a fun app and it is fun, so it is recommended for sure.

Check this app out in the app store:

Check out my four year old playing with the app:

I challenged the wife to a game too:

OK then my ten year old wanted to check it out and we competed a little:

Mega Bloks Playground By Budge Studios

  • October 29, 2010 7:43 am

Mega Bloks Playground By Budge Studios is a fun app that take a while for a child to get used to. First the controls involve dragging your finder on the screen to move the kids around. This can be a bit difficult. Once we master that process the app is a lot of fun! You can move the kids to a boat, to a hot air balloon, and try to find the groups of bloks to build a new toy.

My 3 year old spent a lot of time in the app while she was feeling under the weather and sat and played more while I was writing this review. Take a look at the video we did early on with the app. It is a lot of fun!

Learning – 2/5
Fun – 4/5
Attention – 5/5

Total – 11/15

I think this app is probably appropriate for ages 3-6.

Sound Shaker by Tickle Tap Apps

  • November 30, 2009 7:40 am

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Sound Shaker by Tickle Tap Apps is a fun and appealing app for young kids. On the screen your child can choose an instrument then press the screen to make a sound ball of that instrument. Only one instrument at a time. Adding many balls of sound lets the iPhone have something to work with. The balls drop to the “bottom” and the fun begins. You shake the iPhone to get the balls to make noise!

You can fling the balls and press for a longer period of time to make a slightly different sound too, but the fun is in the flinging and shaking.

Did my 2 1/2 year old like it? Yep. It took a bit longer to get the hang of and the interest wasn’t there as quickly as the other app from Tickle Tap Apps that we have reviewed, but this is still a nice addition to their line.

What does she want next? My 8 year old wanted to record her own voice and also enjoyed the app for a while. It is one of those fun apps that adults and kids can enjoy for a period of time.

Here is how I rank it:
Learning: 2/5
Fun: 5/5
Attention Capture: 3/5

Total: 10/15.
**Updated 11/20/2009**
Here is how I rank it:
Learning: 2/5
Fun: 5/5
Attention Capture: 5/5

Total: 12/15.

I had to update the scores since over the past week my daughter has really grown to love this app. She has discovered that if you hold down on the screen the sounds turn to an egg and hatch a bird. She loves it.
** end update **
Age: 5 and under (as recommended by the publisher: 3-5)

Publisher is: Tickle Tap Apps
iTunes Link is here: Sound Shaker

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