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Monday, August 27, 2012

IWRITEWORDS * * * *

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APPROPRIATE AGE


< 2 YEAR OLD
2 YEAR OLD (with adult)* * 
3 YEAR OLD* * * * 
> 4 YEAR OLD* * * * 


CATEGORY

Educational.

APP REWIEW

A simple handwriting game. Trace letters with finger along helpful animations. Finally form a word and be rewarded with a cute drawing. Fun for some time for older toddlers discovering the world of letters for the first time. Lifespan can be a bit short due to a purely repetitional educational approach (though with some fun along).

LINKS

iWriteWords (Handwriting Game)

ZOO TRAIN * * * *

RATING

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EDUCATIONAL VALUE * * * 
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APPROPRIATE AGE


< 2 YEAR OLD* * *  
2 YEAR OLD* * * * 
3 YEAR OLD* * * 
> 4 YEAR OLD* * 


CATEGORY

Educational fun.

APP REWIEW

A simple, narrated trains and animals drag and drop game for words and shapes, added with a whistle song section. The game can be very entertaining and educational for the younger toddlers (even 1,5 years and up) if played together with an adult.

Can be short lived with children older than 3-4 years. Very simple to use, good graphics - nice game especially for the younger toddlers.

LINKS

Zoo Train - by Busy Bee Studios


IT'S A SMALL WORLD * * * *

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EDUCATIONAL VALUE 
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APPROPRIATE AGE


< 2 YEAR OLD*  
2 YEAR OLD* * 
3 YEAR OLD* * *  
> 4 YEAR OLD* * * * 


CATEGORY

Fun.

APP REWIEW

Despite tens of thousands of different apps available for toddlers, the creative variety of the games is surprisingly narrow. This app is all about trains, animals and bugs. Drag and drop, swipe every once in a while. Okay, we live the early times of the industry, so no reason to panic.

Sing along "ride" by Disney is a great example of something different. Wonderful user interface, a variety of details, great graphics. Idea? Nothing to write home about. Just an entertaining "tap the characters" walk through.

Warning small entrepreneurs – the big boys are yawning and scratching their bellies!

LINKS

it's a small world

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

NICK JR DRAW & PLAY HD * * * *

RATING

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EDUCATIONAL* * *
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USABILITY* * *

APPROPRIATE AGE 

< 2 (with adult) *
2 YEAR OLD * *
3 YEAR OLD * * * *
4 YEAR OLD * * * * *

CATEGORY

Fun with educational qualities.

APP REWIEW

Drawing, coloring and painting game with effects. Guided-play activities, animated tutorials.

Perhaps not for the youngest (< 2). Unless your child can concentrate and pay attention to what parents say ;o)

By Nickelodeon – no need to say more … # 1 in the Education category at iTunes App Store – why? I don't know.

LINKS

Nick Jr Draw & Play HD

BUGS AND BUTTONS * * * *

RATING

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USABILITY* * *

APPROPRIATE AGE


< 2 (with adult)
2 YEAR OLD* *
3 YEAR OLD* * *
> 4 YEAR OLD* * * *

CATEGORY

Education with fun.

APP REWIEW

A collection of 18 games and activities progressively adapting to the child's skills. Great graphics and sounds. Self paced with simple visual instructions: catch, collect, sort n' pack. Patterns, counting and the "must have" letter train at sequence ends. Fling, fly and race with bugs. Count, catch n' dodge bugs. Wait! Must take a breath ... Bzzzzzzz.

LINKS

Bugs and Buttons

PUZZINGO – PUZZLE GAME * * * *

RATING

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EDUCATIONAL* * *
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USABILITY* * * *

APPROPRIATE AGE


< 2 (with parent)
2 YEAR OLD* *
3 YEAR OLD* * * *
> 4 YEAR OLD* * * * *

CATEGORY

Fun with educational qualities.

APP REWIEW

A vast bundle of drag and drop items: numbers, colors, shapes, animals, basic counting and some more fun. Not perhaps worth all the fuzz, but still a great, simple to use game with lots to explore – if one does not get bored with the monotonic drag and drop feature first.

LINKS

PUZZINGO Kids Puzzle Game for Toddler and Preschooler with Animals, Shapes, Numbers, and More

HUDDLESTONES * * * *

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APPROPRIATE AGE


< 2 (with adult)
2 YEAR OLD* *
3 YEAR OLD* * *
> 4 YEAR OLD* * * *

CATEGORY

Education.

APP REWIEW

Classy ABC flashcards for kids. They contain only upper and lower case letters and an illustration for each. Often less is more!

The cards look like old-fashioned children's toys with faded textures and are very simple to use. Not for the youngest.

LINKS

Huddlestones

SHAPE BUILDER * * * *

RATING

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USABILITY* * *

APPROPRIATE AGE


< 2 (with adult)* *
2 (with adult)* * *
3 YEAR OLD* * * *
> 4 YEAR OLD* * * * *

CATEGORY

Educational fun.

APP REWIEW

iTunes App Store Essential for Toddlers, early age edutainment. Shape Builder encourages cognitive thinking & fine motor skills plus exposes young minds to new music instruments, animals, produce, objects & the alphabet in a fun & engaging format with LOTS of sound effects! Loads to do and see. No need to say more.

LINKS

Shape Builder - the Preschool Learning Puzzle Game

KIDS VEHICLES: CITY TRUCKS & BUSES * * *

RATING

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EDUCATIONAL VALUE * * *
FUN* * *
LIFESPAN* *
USABILITY* *

APPROPRIATE AGE


< 2 (with adult)
2 (with adult)* *
3 YEAR OLD* * * *
> 4 YEAR OLD* * * * *

CATEGORY

Entertainment with a dash of education.

APP REWIEW

This app is a “one timer” for boys. What ever you might think, there IS a holy trinity of "trains, tractors and other machines" for toddler boys. In this app, vehicles come and go with some interactivity and sounds. For beginners it needs a little bit of parental involvement.

LINKS

Kids Vehicles: City Trucks & Buses HD for the iPad

THOMAS AND FRIENDS * * * * *

RATING

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USABILITY* *

APPROPRIATE AGE


< 2 (with adult)
2  (with adult)* *
3 YEAR OLD* * * *
> 4 YEAR OLD* * * * *

CATEGORY

Entertainment with a dash of behavioral education.

APP REWIEW

“Thomas and Friends” is the undisputable champion of the train genre. Great games, books, videos and more. Lots and lots to choose from. Also online content.

Check it out and be surprised. It's owned by the media giant www.hitentertainment.com. In the “Apps” section on their website you´ll also find other brands such as “Angelina Ballerina” and “Bob the Builder”.

What is it with trains anyhow? The digital app universe is filled with them. As if the word “train” would turn an app with a poor idea to a good one, huh? Have a good idea first, then add up a character, thanks, and have a good day ...

LINKS (GAMES ONLY, BOOKS COMING SOON)

Thomas & Friends: Engine Activities



Thomas Game Pack



Thomas Tilt and Go