April 1st in App Reviews, For Kids by Jonathan Norman .
The latest installment of the very popular Toca Kitchen, simply Toca Kitchen 2, is finally here, and kids are rejoicing for sure. Toca Kitchen 2 will run $2.99 for anyone wanting to get in on the cooking fun.If you have young kids, this is an app to check out, as are all of the Toca Boca apps.
What makes Toca Boca apps so special? First, they’re clearly designed for children, with how kids play and imagine and interact in mind. Second, they charge a set fee, with no in-app purchases mucking up the experience, no ads interfering with the gameplay, and settings to turn off a few things parents might want to keep kids out of in the app itself, like saving pictures to the camera roll for example. Toca Boca apps are just fun. They’re polished. They’ve earned the trust of parents. (more…)
November 18th in App Reviews, For Kids by Jonathan Norman .
For a while now Toca Boca has been releasing apps for kids that just make learning and playing fun. It’s because they realize how kids play. Don’t put any limits on the creativity. And don’t try to up-sell parents with in-app purchases, pop-up ads, or banner ads. They’ve hit homerun after homerun.
With Toca Boca Nature, they’ve even outdone themselves. (more…)
October 17th in App Reviews, For Kids by Jonathan Norman .
Have a little monster at home? It’s time to get into the Halloween spirit with Sago Sago and the updated Sago Mini Monsters app on the iPad.
The free update lets kids add outfits and accessories to all their monster creations, feed them a variety of foods, and add colors as they see fit. It’s geared towards kids ages 2-4, but older siblings can have fun with it too. My kids and I have been creating mini monsters for the last few days and they’ve had a blast. Some things you just never out grow. (more…)
May 29th in App Reviews, For Kids by Jonathan Norman .
In the world of apps for kids on the iPad, one company reigns supreme… Toca Boca. They’ve created the best apps for kids to play on the iPad, and they have a loyal following and user-base because of it. They’re back at it again, and let’s just say Toca Boca has out-done themselves with their latest app, Toca Town. While all their apps are great rules-free digital toys for kids, this one really is something special. (more…)
May 15th in For Kids by Jonathan Norman .
There are few app developers who truly get the youngest of users, and Sago Sago is one of them. They’ve set out to create apps for toddlers aged 2-4, and have done a pretty remarkable job. Today is the release of their 9th app in the Mini Series, Mini Space Explorer. It’s a great little app, perfect for young minds, young thinking, and young imaginations. (more…)
April 26th in App Reviews, For Kids by Jonathan Norman .
When the iPad launched it didn’t take long for developers to realize its potential for great storybook apps for kids. In the following months the market on the App Store was bombarded with them, some good and some not so good. Over the last couple of years this trend has subsided somewhat. Not that developers have stopped creating them, but the pace of release seems to have calmed down a bit. Recently a new one, Angus the Irritable Bull, was brought to my attention and was submitted for a review. (more…)
February 27th in App Reviews, For Kids by Jonathan Norman .
It’s been a little while since Toca Boca has had a new digital toy out for the iPad….or at least it feels like it. Thankfully, either way, my kids can enjoy a new app from the award-winning team that seems to get kids better than any other app developer out there. The latest app is called Toca Pet Doctor, and it lets kids nurture and care for 15 injured pets by offering assistance in treating wounds, and giving them plenty of love. (more…)
January 11th in App Reviews, For Kids by Jonathan Norman .
There are many apps on the App Store that are designed to help young kids learn the alphabet, phonics, and reading fundamentals. However, I’m not sure any are as entertaining as Jamaroos Musical ABC’s. (more…)
December 19th in App Reviews, For Kids by Jonathan Norman .
American Bowl is a kids app from the creators of the great Ansel & Clair exploring apps. American Bowl is a bit different in that this app is more of a trivia game with bowling added in for a bit of fun, but it’s equally as educational and my kids found it interesting from the start. (more…)
November 19th in App Reviews, For Kids by Jonathan Norman .
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…)