A little while ago my kids and I both grew somewhat tired of the iPad storybooks. We still enjoyed them, but nothing new really came along and grabbed us…something had been missing. Until Strangebeard: The Pirate Princess. (more…)
It seems like every other month I’m sitting down to write a review about Toca Boca and their apps. One would think it would get boring, that their apps would start to falter, but…if you think that, you’d be wrong. Toca Boca have done it again with Toca Mini. They’ve taken an app for kids, made it fun and easy, given children tons of freedom, and kids love it. Again. (more…)
Sometimes there are apps that make life easier, and sometimes they don’t. One thing I’ve constantly struggled with is finding a good app for my kids that lets them do word searches easily. They love word searches, but remembering to bring the book of them is something we struggle with. So I thought we’d turn to the iPad a while back. There are a bunch of word search apps out there, but too many times they end up being much too complicated for my younger daughter of six years of age to use. Thankfully Word Search For Kids 2 breaks that pattern, and she is having a blast. (more…)
One of the biggest names in app development for kids is Toca Boca. For the past 3 years this group of people have been churning out app after app for children, without a single clunker. Each of their apps presents kids with a canvas and a purpose, but don’t worry if that purpose isn’t adhered to, this is “no rules gaming”, for the digital age. My kids have loved Toca Boca, and our iPad is filled with their apps. Now they’re back, with Toca Cars, a universal app that holds true to the philosophy of the company. (more…)
Just in time for Back to School is an app specifically designed to encourage language growth and development as well as reading comprehension. Geared towards students in K-7, there are multiple levels and 50 built-in stories that are perfect for a large variety of students and skill sets. Reading Comprehension Camp monitors progress and explores many of the Common Core State Standards in Reading Literature and Reading Foundational Skills as well as standards for Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language. It’s an amazingly great tool for use in the home and in school. (more…)
I’m always looking for apps that allow my kids to use the iPad for educational purposes and thankfully there are plenty of great apps that allow me to do just that. The latest app that has my younger daugher (age 6) using the iPad and learning a ton, is Mr. Edison. It’s designed to make learning fun and improve academic skills.
Mr. Edison is perfect for younger kids, aged 3-7, and includes seven great, yet simple to understand, games for learning; Spelling, Addition, Counting, Sentence Building, Sequences, Patterns, Mathematical Analysis, Alphabet Skills, and Discovery. (more…)
The iPad is a entrainment device. It’s a consumption machine. It’s a creation tool. It’s also a highly educational medium, and apps like Meet the Insects are helping push this point home. Not all kids like bugs, many adults don’t either. However, with this series of apps users can experience and get an understanding of a variety of insects that would otherwise go unnoticed. (more…)
There are plenty of apps for kids that allow parents to create animations and such using cartoons and pictures and all that fun stuff. But TinyTap for iPad is a little different. It’s geared towards creating questions using objects and backgrounds. It’s perfect for helping kids learn, at home or school.
The app is super easy to learn and use. Once you enter the creation tool you can choose a background, add photos, text, drawings, web search images, or built-in stickers. After placing the items you can move or resize them as needed. After all your items are complete you head to asking the questions. These are recorded via the built in microphone. After recording the questions you trace the “answer” section of the screen. After all is done, the “book” is created and added to the main screen to be viewed. (more…)
Well they’re back. After what feels like forever, at least in the land of Toca Boca, the gang that has provided kids with an amazing array of incredible apps, and parents with the confidence of allowing their kids to use them, they’ve come back with a great all-new “digital toy”, Toca Builders. It is an entirely new way of building and crafting with blocks and characters that encourages curiosity, creativity, and most of all, fun. (more…)
Kids love the iPad. Kids love painting on the iPad. Kids don’t like Math. OK, I don’t even like Math, so it’s hard to fault kids for that. However, Magic Paint with Math has found a unique way to bring the two together, and as a parent with kids in early elementary school, I really love it. (more…)