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It’s Not What You’ve Got! – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer By Oceanhouse Media

  • September 7, 2011 7:52 am

It’s Not What You’ve Got! – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer By Oceanhouse Media is a VERY educational app for young kids. My daughter certainly needed the lesson in It’s Not What You’ve Got! – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer By Oceanhouse Media.

Exploring the idea of money and possessions isn’t something we like to have to talk with our kids about. It’s Not What You’ve Got! – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer By Oceanhouse Media handles the initial conversation and gives us a starting point for the rest of the talk as it pertains to our situation. There are many lessons in this book/app that a parent just might not explore with their child and perhaps some diversions for when the talk gets a little tough.

It might seem silly to have an app about possessions on the iPad of all things, but all kids have concerns about possessions and money. Simple things like not using credit cards and living within your means are great things to learn or at least understand when you are young. I wish I had understood these things back then!

Great graphics, good story, and very well told. Easy to listen to.

Fun – 1 (Purely a learning app)
Attention – 4
Learning – 5

Total – 10

iCount-to-10 – Early Learning Method for iPad

  • September 5, 2011 7:10 am

iCount-to-10 – Teach Your Child to Count to 10 – Early Learning Method for iPad is a versatile learning app for kids learning to count.

iCount-to-10 – Teach Your Child to Count to 10 – Early Learning Method for iPad includes a set of animal cards that allow your child to hear the sound the animal makes. These same animals are used later in the game when your child is learning to count. This makes for a nice correlation between fun and learning in the app.

iCount-to-10 – Teach Your Child to Count to 10 – Early Learning Method for iPad includes several different levels, but ultimately your child is learning to count and recognize numbers with their animal friends. Your child is going to spend some time going through the app and come back to it time and time again. As an educator and parent I appreciated some of the learning tips provided in the details of the app so be sure to check those out when your child lets you play with the iPad!

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

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.

Candy Count – Learn Colors & Numbers

  • September 1, 2011 7:29 am

Candy Count – Learn Colors & Numbers is a fun and simple numbers and counting app. Your child can learn numbers, counting, large and small, and sorting skills in this app. It is a very well presenting numeric learning app. The graphics are very well done and the gameplay works as expected.

The only issue I have with the app is the price. It is free, but in order to unlock the full app it requires an in-app purchase. In this case it does not seem like the purchase could be abused, but I wonder why the app isn’t $2.99 from the start. If the idea is to provide a demo or light version, then do so, but the in app purchase model does not work in this case.

Still the app is a worthy download. Just download the app, do the in-app purchase and have the full app. It is worth it!

Learning – 5
Attention – 5
Fun – 5

Total – 15

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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).

BilingualABC English-Espanol by BilingualABC

  • August 15, 2011 7:46 am

BilingualABC English-Espanol by BilingualABC is a fun app to learn your ABCs in English and in Espanol. My ten year old daughter has a friend who speaks Spanish, so my four year old is familiar with the idea that some people speak different languages. I was not as concerned with her learning the letters in Spanish as I was interested in this app working as a reinforcing app for her English ABCs.

It is a neat app and works well. It has some interesting choices for the objects that represent each letter, and that is a nice touch. The voice is very well done. I can also see my ten year old, or myself, using this app to actually learn the alphabet in Spanish.

Learning – 5
Attention – 3
Fun – 3

Total 11

Story-Boards Little Bot Big Bot By OmegeBlueStudio

  • August 12, 2011 7:57 am

Story-Boards Little Bot Big Bot By OmegeBlueStudio is a really fun learn-to-read app. In the app you follow around the Bot and learn that he is small on his planet, but large on ours. In the game you are simply presenting with words on cardboard cut-outs. You are first read the words by a youngster, and then you can read them yourself along with the adult. The graphics are very interesting and the way the game is laid out makes for a book that is easy to follow.

Story-Boards Little Bot Big Bot By OmegeBlueStudio reminds me of the Dick and Jane book style of reading. Your child is learning site-words and the process of reading. Once they are comfortable with the words in Story-Boards Little Bot Big Bot By OmegeBlueStudio they can move on to another book or perhaps OmegeBlueStudio will release another book!

Attention – 5
Learning – 5
Fun – 5
Total – 15

This is a universal app, so it works great on both the iPad and the iPhone.

Baby’s First Monsters: 123 By Three Brothers

  • August 7, 2011 7:11 am

I was a bit confused when I first opened Baby’s First Monsters: 123 By Three Brothers. I thought that it might just be a dictionary app for kids to learn about mythological creatures. I was wrong.

Baby’s First Monsters: 123 By Three Brothers is a fun learning game, in this case numbers is what you will be learning. By visiting the various islands you can count the ears on the monsters, or the feet, or just the monsters themselves. Without realizing it your child is counting by twos and threes and so on. It is a fun app with great artwork that will keep your child engaged.

My four year old really likes the app, but isn’t quite ready to actually get the counting by multiples yet. That is ok she can still experience the app and learn through practice. It is fun to watch and achieve the various levels of the game. She still learns to count by singles and a great re-enforcer for when she starts preschool in a few days.

Fun – 5
Learning – 5
Attention – 3 (she wont play it for hours, but still very engaging)

Total – 13

My lil’ Books- The Farm By Editions First-Gründ

  • July 25, 2011 7:48 am

My lil’ Books- The Farm By Editions First-Gründ is simple and fun app for young kids. Your child is presented with a set of common farm animals; a sheep, chicken, donkey?, and many more. Clicking on a farm animal brings up a larger image of the animal where your child is told to click the square to find out more.

This is where the app gets fun. You can feed the donkey and play with the other animals in the app and they make animal noises, which is fun for kids. It really is a neat app once you get into it a bit. My daughter spent about 15 minutes on the app initially and has returned to play with it several more times since. Learning about animals, their names, the sounds they make is an important thing for a young child to learn and it is fun!

Fun – 4
Learning – 5
Attention – 3

Total – 12