Dr. Panda Train by Dr. Panda Games – Review



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What we love…

fun train themed app with great sound effects that encourages role play, creative play, counting and more

What we’d love to see…

ability to back the train up, a ticket that displays the passengers destination visually, other methods to power the train or even a subway

Summary

Fun train themed app that includes sharing, following directions and more!

Our Rating

Dr. Panda Train All Aboard the latest app from Dr. Panda Games this time with a train theme!  In this fun themed train app your kids serve as conductor and they drive the train and tour one of three landscapes which includes jungle, desert and a beautiful countryside scene.

Within the app, your child can drive the train either from a first person perspective inside the cab or from a distance.  They also can stop and visit the passengers to give them food, snacks, reading material and more.  My son even found some great tech to give the passengers.  Shovel on some coal to stoke the fire and make the train go faster to it’s next destination or simply blow the horn as the countryside goes by.  I liked that my kids could take turns playing with the app or putting passengers on and handing out items to them.  As you complete more of the game you earn extra items to give to the passengers – my kids favorites were of course the tech!    My kids also loved loading the cargo and carrying it from station to station.  While we loaded it we practiced counting or even deciding which item to load first – should we load the jelly beans or the chicken?  What happens if we don’t load any cargo.  I loved their responses which ranged from – “the passengers will be sad” to “will the chicken lay an egg?”  My toddler loved speeding up the train within the app or making it slower which shows cause and effect – although that concept was a bit difficult to explain.  As you get to each station stop, a thought bubble pops up looking for a specific passenger or item to be loaded on the train.  There is a maximum of four passengers, so if you have more, someone extra must exit the train prior to it moving.  Safety first!

As a mom, I loved that there was great role playing – should we be the conductor, the passenger or the person loading the cargo.  Tell me about their job.  What happens if there are too many passengers, how do we decide who gets on?  It was great for storytelling and having my older son describe his actions within the app.  At the station, it was great to unload the cargo and then pass it along to the proper recipients like the pig who wanted the chicken.  Each time you complete a task, you earn additional items to play with in the game which made my kids want to play more and more to see what else they would earn.  There are twelve different train stations throughout.  My son also enjoyed dinging the bell

In terms of enhancements, it would be fun if each passenger had to submit a ticket prior to getting on the train which would get stamped with their destination, currently once they are on the train you can punch the ticket but it does not show the destination.  That way, kids could prepare for which station they are getting off at.  My son also wanted to “back up” the train a few times to go back and look at scenery or to pick up something he might have missed.  I would also love to see other methods for powering the train – perhaps it could be electric and run on above ground power like the T does in Boston or maybe it could run like the subway does with a third rail.  My kids also thought it would be fun if each of the train stops coincided with other Dr. Panda Games like Daycare, Firefighter, Home etc.

There are no in-app purchases and there is a parental gate which requires year of birth.  You can turn off a splash screen which advertises other Dr. Panda apps in the parent area as well as turn on and off music and sound.

Super fun train themed app that kept my toddler enthralled for hours.  He kept finding little secret items and enjoyed loading and off loading the cargo.  Bravo Dr. Panda – or should that be Toot Toot!  Can’t wait to see what else you have planned in the future.



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Price: $1.99 USD

Dr. Panda Train has pulled into the station! Put on your conductor hat and take passengers on a journey full of fun and discovery!

DRIVE THE TRAIN! 
All aboard Dr. Panda Train! Show your passengers.

NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

 

Article: 8 awesome learning podcasts for kids from Common Sense Media



8 podcasts

Bring fresh voices into the classroom with free, high-quality podcasts.

May 23, 2017

Bronwyn Harris

Editorial Assistant
Check out a few favorite podcasts from Common Sense Media. Your kids can use these to help prevent the #summerslide and learn all at the same time! You can even subscribe and download these podcasts to your device so you can stream them on summer drives! Parents, these apps do use data if you are live streaming them – so be sure to watch your limits!
When podcasts first gained popularity in the early 2000s, they seemed to be a quaint throwback to radio. But that changed quickly as more and more people jumped in and started experimenting with the medium. Now, hits like Serial have launched podcasts into the mainstream. You can find podcasts on nearly every topic — from movie reviews to academic lessons to celebrity gossip — and in nearly every genre, from short fiction to in-depth journalism to comedy.Podcasts are a great way to hook kids into learning about a topic. They draw listeners into the story in a unique way, providing different viewpoints from what students are usually exposed to. Teachers can use podcasts to supplement the curriculum with high-quality, free content. And you can find podcasts that will work for every grade level and subject area. Check out a few of our favorites to get started!

wowWow in the World

Grades K–6

NPR’s brand-new podcast premiered on May 15, 2017. It’s the first NPR podcast to be aimed at kids, and the goal is to “guide curious kids and their grown-ups away from their screens and on a journey.” While the specific topics the podcast will cover remain to be seen, the creators say it will focus on important science and technology subjects and questions that families — or classrooms — can explore together.



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NPR One is a whole new way to listen to stories, shows, and podcasts from NPR and your local public radio station.

It’s public radio made personal.

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brainBrains On Grades 1–6

Every teacher knows that kids love to ask questions, and science provides plenty of questions for them to be curious about. Brains On tackles questions and topics that are totally relevant to kids’ interests, including slime, dinosaur bones, fire, lasers, and airplanes. Teachers can encourage students to take one of the topics and research it more completely or to use it as a jumping-off point for science experiments and research-related questions.



NPR One NPR One by NPR

Price: $FREE

NPR One is a whole new way to listen to stories, shows, and podcasts from NPR and your local public radio station.

It’s public radio made personal.

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scienceScience Friday

Grades 6–12

Science Friday with Ira Flatow covers a variety of complex science topics, which are great for high school students to use in research or when developing a project or paper. For middle school teachers, Kidsnet offers the Science Friday Kids’ Connection curriculum referencing the Science Friday material but in a form more digestible for that age group. Teachers can find any scientific subject covered in the archives, so no matter what you’re teaching, the podcast and accompanying curriculum can be priceless (and you may learn a thing or two as well!).

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storycorpStoryCorps

Grades 6–12

One of the largest oral history projects of its kind, StoryCorps consists of more than 50,000 interviews from more than 80,000 participants. Students at just about any grade level or in any subject area could use the StoryCorps interviews in a variety of ways. In a National Teachers Initiative section, listeners can find interviews between teachers and students or former students. The interviews can be used as writing prompts, discussion topics, primary sources for research projects, and more. Students also can record their own stories.



NPR One NPR One by NPR

Price: $FREE

NPR One is a whole new way to listen to stories, shows, and podcasts from NPR and your local public radio station.

It’s public radio made personal.

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believeThis I Believe

Grades 6–12

This I Believe was a radio series on NPR (now archived) that focused on the writing, sharing, and discussing of people’s core beliefs through short personal essays. In the classroom, teachers can use This I Believe to get students to write about their own experiences. Personal experiences, beliefs, and values can make a rich foundation for classroom discussions, but you’ll want to make sure you’ve created a safe space for sharing. A companion book and website offer plenty of resources for teachers and students to work on personal essays.



NPR One NPR One by NPR

Price: $FREE

NPR One is a whole new way to listen to stories, shows, and podcasts from NPR and your local public radio station.

It’s public radio made personal.

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youthYouth Radio

Grades 6–12

Youth Radio is not only a great podcast for students, but it’s also created by kids. The kid journalists of Youth Radio offer a very honest take on hot-button issues and current events, with perspectives that don’t often appear in the standard news world. Youth Radio segments can spark discussion on anything from Afghanistan to graffiti to the economy (they’re often featured on NPR’s Marketplace). Your students may even be inspired to start producing their own pieces.


NPR One NPR One by NPR

Price: $FREE

NPR One is a whole new way to listen to stories, shows, and podcasts from NPR and your local public radio station.

It’s public radio made personal.

"By connecting to audio content from.

grammarGrammar Girl

Grades 9–12

Grammar is notoriously boring, but Grammar Girl, part of the Quick and Dirty Tips Network, manages to make it interesting, and English teachers everywhere are grateful. The website has transcripts of each episode, but the audio delivery is animated and friendly and probably of more interest to students. This podcast is best for middle and high school students and incorporates both traditional grammar questions and more quirky analysis of new types of grammar unique to social media, for example.



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Price: $ USD

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hardcoreHardcore History

Grades 9–12

Every teacher and student knows that, while history may not have been boring, history textbooks often are. Hardcore History with Dan Carlin is aiming to change all that, with honest and dramatic looks at historical figures and events that go far outside the basic historical outline many of us learned. While Hardcore History is not released on a predictable schedule and the episodes are often very long, it brings history to life in an invaluable way. History teachers who take the time to curate clips may find that their students have a whole new interest in learning.

No app, listen online.

 

Which essential podcasts did we miss? Let us know your favorites in the comments!

About the Author

Bronwyn is an author, educator, and editor living in the East Bay. She is originally from Petaluma, California, and earned a bachelor’s of science in psychology from UC Davis, and a multiple subject teaching credential from CSU Sacramento. Bronwyn began her teaching career in 2000 in the most violent neighborhood in Oakland, California, and has since written a book about her experiences: Literally Unbelievable: Stories from an East Oakland Classroom.Bronwyn has written for Teaching Tolerance and AlterNet, among others. She is an avid reader and knitter and uses Common Sense reviews to guide her on movies for her nieces and nephew.

commonsense2Common Sense Media is an independent nonprofit organization offering unbiased ratings and trusted advice to help families make smart media and technology choices. Check out our ratings and recommendations at www.commonsensemedia.org.

PhotoSpring Smart Digital Photo Frame- Photo Frames brought into the 21st Century

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What we love…

Easy to set up and use. Auto update feature allows it to automatically upload and display new photos without any effort

What we’d love to see…

Ability to create own albums and tag and search photos (planned in future updates)

Summary

PhotoSpring Smart Digital Photo Frame is an effortless way to bring  family photos off phones and computers and into everyday lives.  It provides an easy way to enjoy and share  photos and memories with family and friends near and far.

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As children my siblings and I loved seeing the new pictures every time we got a roll of film back from the developers, and we loved reminiscing as we looked through them together. We had albums of family photos lying around that we loved to look through whenever family or friends visited. With my own children most of our family photos have been taken on digital cameras and, more recently, on cellphones.  We take way more pictures now, but we never see most of them – they stay trapped in a digital graveyard on our computers and phones. I really that feel we, as a family, are missing out by not looking at family photos together and enjoying the memories they bring, but any solutions I’ve tried have just been too time consuming, and end up getting dropped after a few months.

I recently started using the PhotoSpring Smart Digital Photo Frame and I love how it has brought our family photos off our phones and back into our everyday lives.  When I heard “digital photo frame” my first thought was of a frame we had years ago that required downloading photos onto an SD card, which was then inserted in it to view the pictures. This was OK the first time we did it, but we rarely got around to creating new cards for it so the same pictures stayed on for years. Comparing the PhotoSpring to that is similar to comparing a Prius to a Model-T – they are both digital photo frames but otherwise have little in common. The PhotoSpring is so easy to use, and once set up it can keep adding new photos as I take them, without any effort on my behalf.

Our PhotoSpring is on a bookshelf in the living room and I’ve set it to automatically switch on in the mornings and off around our usual bedtime. It has a nice sharp display screen and a wide angle of view so you can see the pictures from where ever you are in the room. It is currently rotating through around 1,600 photos taken on my iPhone 7 and my husband’s iPhone 6 over the last year. I love that we are now seeing these pictures and that the kids will often comment about pictures they see and reminisce about the times they were taken.

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If a particular photo catches our eye we can take the PhotoSpring off it’s stand and use it as a digital photo album to look through the photos surrounding it at our own pace. It is easy to mark favorite pictures to make then easy to find later or to delete or hide photos we don’t want on display.

My favorite feature is that with it set on auto-update all the new pictures I take on my camera automatically appear on the PhotoSpring without me needing to do anything. As a busy mum of 3 I always have good intentions about making photo albums, printing photos etc but never quite find time to get it done. With PhotoSpring I no longer have to feel guilty about not being more organized with our family photos -PhotoSpring gets our family photos out and on display for without any effort on my part and that is priceless!

 

Unboxing

In the box is the photo frame, charger and stand. The PhotoSpring looks similar to a 10 inch iPad or Android tablet, but slightly thicker. It has a clean look with no buttons on the front and a white border around the screen. The stand works in either portrait or landscape mode. The charger can be connected to the stand to charge whilst displayed, or directly to the PhotoSpring. It has a nice long cord so I had no problem reaching an outlet.

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Set Up

Set up for the PhotoSpring is very quick and easy.  I had mine up and running in about 5 minutes.
1) Connect PhotoSpring to power and wait for it to turn on.
2) Connect PhotoSpring  to your home WiFi network. PhotoSpring will then download the most current version of it’s software.
3) Name your device (e’g Mary’s living room PhotoSpring) then enter your name and email address to get a PhotoSpring account invitation.
4) Respond to the email to create a free PhotoSpring account.
5) Download the PhotoSpring companion apps for iPhone, Android, Mac or Windows to start uploading photos to your PhotoSpring.

You can connect your account to more than one PhotoSpring and invite multiple friends and family to connect to your PhotoSpring. This is great for keep family connected. You can have PhotoSprings at home and work to easily access your photos in both locations. It makes a great gift for Grandparents or other family members because even if they live a long way away you can easily share photos across the miles.

The PhotoSpring comes preloaded with a slideshow that runs you through the features of the frame and how to use it, as well as some art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

Sending Photos

There are 2 ways to send photos to your PhotoSpring:

1) Manually: To send photos you open up the PhotoSpring app on your device, select the photos you want to send, and choose which PhotoSpring(s) connected to your account to send them to.

2) Automatically: choose “auto-update” and the PhotoSpring app will automatically upload new photos from your phone (and thus to your PhotoSpring) whenever you have the app open. You can choose to do this only via WiFi or via WiFi and cellular. For iOS you do need to also give permission for PhotoSpring to use location services for this to work.

The photos get sent to PhotoSpring cloud server and from there they are downloaded onto your PhotoSpring for local storage. This does take a little time, it only takes a minute or two for one picture, but large numbers of pictures can take a while to appear.

I send my photos via the auto-update feature as it means I don’t even have to think about uploading my pictures they just appear, my husband prefers to send his manually.

 

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In Use

Once the photos appear on the PhotoSpring they are automatically sorted and duplicate pictures are removed. It will place the pictures in smart albums based on the place they were taken, if they are geo-tagged and location service permission was granted. If you have multiple people connected to your PhotoSpring it will also create albums based on the person taking them.

When playing a slide show you can display either: a) all the photos on the PhotoSpring,  or b) all of a particular album or c) or you can apply one of these 3 filters:

1) Favorite photos- you can mark these by taping on a heart symbol.

2) People- PhotoSpring automatically detects pictures with people in.

3) Best quality- PhotoSpring assesses the picture quality and marks with a lightning symbol those that it considers the best quality.

The PhotoSpring is available with 16GB, 32GB or 80 GB of memory. How many photos it will hold depends on the size/ quality of your images, mine is a 16GB currently has 1,600 photos on it that were taken in an iPhone 7 and is about 25 % full.

The PhotoSpring is a also a touchscreen device, it has a 4 hour battery life so you can remove it from the stand to look through your photo albums and remove, hide or favorite pictures. You can select individual photos or whole albums when hiding, deleting or marking as favorite. When looking at an album the pictures are organized in date order of when they were taken, and you can choose to see them newest first or oldest first. On the side there is a timeline arrow that you can move up or down to easily find photos from a specific date.

In the evenings I like to sit and look through my photo albums – it is a great way to really enjoy the pictures but also lets me easily weed out pictures I don’t want on display and to highlight favorites that I might want to print or create a photo book from later. I would love a way to easily create my own albums as I do this so, that I could create separate slideshows with a theme e.g. vacations, kid’s art work, Scout trips; I am told that the company has plans to add this feature in the future, along with the ability to tag and search.

Currently PhotoSpring only supports digital photos, but video support is due to be added in the next few weeks. The PhotoSpring has built-in speakers ready for video support. When the company updates the software to add new features it automatically updates via WiFi so you don’t need to check for updates to access the new features.

Summary

I love our PhotoSpring – it makes it so easy to enjoy and share our family photos with very little time or effort on my part. The auto-update feature makes it effortless to constantly update the frame with new pictures. My whole family is enjoying  it. We all get to enjoy our family photos and gives us many opportunities to easily took through photos and share memories together. It makes a great gift for moms and dads as an easy way to view family photos at home or in the office. It is also is a great gift idea for grandparents, as long as they have a WiFi connection, many different family members can connect to their PhotoSpring and easily keep them updated with family pictures even if they live a long way away or even in a different country. Highly recommended !

PhotoSpring Smart Digital Photo Frame is available from PhotoSpring.com with 16, 32 or 80GB storage from $149

 

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.The links in this post may contain affiliate links where The iMums will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on our link, this helps to support the costs of running this site and we appreciate your support.

 

 

 

Featured Free Apps – June 9, 2017



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What are Featured Free Apps? The iMums showcase a quality free app that we have installed, tested and recommend. Featured Free Apps are not lite versions, they are full versions that are free for a limited time only so you’ll need to be quick to grab them at the reduced price. Be sure to sign up to The iMums Daily Digest so you never miss a free app. Don’t forget to check the price before downloading! Enjoy!

Free Kindle Books

You can read these books on your iPads, smartphones, tablets and computers using the Free Kindle Reading Apps. Offers vary in different country Amazon stores, please confirm the Kindle Price (not KindleUnlimited price) before downloading.

Free Apps

Click here for the latest FREE eBooks and Apps.

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Toca Lab: Elements Toca Lab: Elements by Toca Boca AB

Price: $2.99 USD

Calling all future scientists!

Welcome to Toca Lab: Elements! Explore the colorful and electrifying world of science and meet all 118 of the elements from the periodic table.

Discover elements.

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Autism iHelp – Yes & No Questions SLP Edition Autism iHelp – Yes & No Questions SLP Edition by John Talavera

Price: $12.99 USD

Autism iHelp is a vocabulary teaching aid developed by parents of a child with Autism and a speech-language pathologist. Autism iHelp was inspired by the need for specific language intervention tools .

Was $3.99

The Robot Factory by Tinybop The Robot Factory by Tinybop by Tinybop Inc.

Price: $2.99 USD

Create robots. Test robots. Collect robots. Build with exoskeletons, zephyr mechanisms, hydrostatic tentacles, machinos locomotors, G-Force mixers, and more! Make any robot you can imagine! Robot cats.

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Starfall Learn to Read Starfall Learn to Read by Starfall Education

Price: $FREE

Learn to Read from the starfall.com website is now a FREE app!

The Starfall Learn to Read FREE app is made possible by the member supporters of Starfall.com, a publicly supported nonprofit. The.

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Albert and the Alphabetimals Albert and the Alphabetimals by Alphabetimals

Price: $FREE

Albert needs your help to learn his A-B-C's in this unique interactive picture book. On his journey he meets each of the 26 Alphabetimals characters, which are cartoon animals in the shape of letters. .

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Silly Billy Hair Salon: Styling App for Kids Silly Billy Hair Salon: Styling App for Kids by wonderkind GmbH

Price: $FREE

Give our animals hairstyles they love! Copy their silly hairstyles & win stars! Style, cut, curl, wash, and dry - any way you want - with adorable funny characters. ▸ 4 funny characters, ▸ 14 exciting.

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Dance Party Articulation for Speech Therapy Dance Party Articulation for Speech Therapy by Erik X. Raj

Price: $4.99 USD

Created by Erik X. Raj, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Dance Party Articulation is a unique musical speech therapy material that can instantly turn any therapy session into a full-fledged dance party. It is a comprehensive.

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Article: 11 Online Summer Camps to Keep Kids Busy (and Learning) While School’s Out by Common Sense Media

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From outdoor adventures to summer enrichment to computer coding, online camps keep kids busy, learning, and having fun.

Virtual summer camps — where kids head to the computer instead of the pool or park — are a thing now. But don’t worry: These aren’t the solitary, sedentary, screen-centered experiences you fear. Plenty of virtual summer camps offer kids the chance to make projects, investigate ideas, and explore the world. And many are free.

Going to camp online is a great way to keep your kids occupied during a “staycation” or between their other activities. It can also give kids something unique: individual attention. You, a babysitter, a grandparent, or even an older sibling act as virtual camp counselors, leading — and even learning alongside — your kids. With many of the virtual camps below, you can mix and match activities to tailor the experience to your kids’ interests. Expect to be more involved if you go for the free, choose-your-own-adventure camps. But fee-based camps call for some adult participation, too. Check out these offerings:

Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Summer Camps

Start with a Book. Free; age 6 and up.
In addition to a summer science camp, this site offers a long list of themes, such as Art, Night Sky, and Weather Report, for kids to explore. For each theme, you get book suggestions (for all reading levels), discussion guides, hands-on activities, and related sites and apps. You’ll need to shell out for books if you can’t find them at the library.

PBS Parents. Free; age 3–9.
With an emphasis on summer reading, the PBS Parents’ site offers a variety of practical, step-by-step plans to incorporate books into the dog days of summer. In addition to the downloadable Summer Reading Chart and the “Book-Nik” guide to a book-themed picnic, you can use the Super Summer Checklist PDF to plan hands-on experiences.

DIY. Free and fee-based; age 7 and up.
This site offers dozens of skill-based activities (which it calls “challenges”) in a variety of categories, including Art, Business, and Engineering, that kids can do year-round. Every summer, DIY runs camps and shorter courses. Some of the camps have online counselors who interact with your kid. Sign up to get notified of the latest offerings.

Make: Online. Free, but materials cost extra; age 12 and up.
The folks behind the maker movement offer weekly camps based on themes such as Far Out Future and Flight. You get a PDF with daily activities that support the theme, such as making slime and designing and flying kites.

Made with Code from Google. Free; age 12 and up.
A wide range of projects, including making emojis, animating GIFs, and composing music, is designed to ignite a passion for coding in teen girls. (There’s no stopping boys from doing these projects, though.) The site offers inspiration stories from female tech mentors as well as ideas to make coding social, such as a coding party kit.

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JAM: Online Courses for Kids. Free for first 30 days; $25 per month (per kid) with discounts for yearly enrollment; age 8–16.
What can’t kids learn at this online school? There’s drawing, cooking, animation, music, and much more. Each course has a professional mentor and is broken down into easily manageable “quests” that kids can complete at their own pace.

Khan Academy. Free; age 6 and up.
While Khan Academy doesn’t offer specific camps, it provides meaningful, step-by-step exploration in a variety of topics, including math, science, and arts and humanities. Kids can sign up with a coach (a teacher, parent, or tutor) who can monitor their progress and suggest lessons. Kids also can earn badges by learning and teaching. The custom dashboard has a progress map that fills up as kids work their way through the skills.

Brain Chase. $79, extra for electives; age 7–14.
Created by two parents who were looking for a way to help their kids continue learning during summer, Brain Chase takes a creative approach to enrichment. It starts on June 19, 2017, and runs for six weeks; kids work on math, reading, and typing all while competing in a real-life treasure hunt for the chance to win a $10,000 scholarship.

Camp Wonderopolis. Free for campers; optional $25 instruction guide for parents; age 7 and up.
Sponsored by the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL), this online camp lets kids explore topics such as weather, food, and technology. Each topic includes lessons, outdoor activities, videos, and additional reading suggestions for all ages. The 2017 theme is Build Your Own Wonderocity, where families explore the wonders of construction and engineering in 42 lessons.

Connected Camps. $69-$99; age 8-15. For tech-curious kids, check out Connected Camps, which offers week-long, instructor-led, Minecraft-based camps including coding, game design, and engineering. There are also courses in Minecraft and the Scratch programming language just for girls.

TechRocket. Free for a course sampling; memberships: $19/year, $29/month; age 10 and up.
Launched by iDTechCamp (the popular — and pricey — computer day and overnight camps), TechRocket offers online instruction in coding, game design, and graphic design. Each camp offers a variety of levels and challenges as well as a dedicated instructor.

About the Author: Caroline Knorr

As Common Sense Media’s parenting editor, Caroline helps parents make sense of what’s going on in their kids’ media lives. From games to cell phones to movies and more, if you’re wondering “what’s the right age for…?” Caroline can help you make the decision that works best for your family. She has more than 20 years of editorial and creative marketing writing experience and has held senior-level positions at Walmart.com, Walmart stores, Cnet, and Bay Area Parent magazine. She specializes in translating complex information into bite-sized chunks to help families make informed choices about what their kids watch, play, read, and do. And she’s the proud mom of a teenage son whose media passions include Star Wars, StarCraft,graphic novels, and the radio program This American Life.

 

Common Sense Media is an independent nonprofit organization offering unbiased ratings and trusted advice to help families make smart media and technology choices. Check out our ratings and recommendations at www.commonsensemedia.org.

Zap Zap Math – K6 Math Games by Visual Math Interactive Sdn. Bhd. – Review



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What we love…

Fun easy to use leveled math app that encouraged my son to practice his math skills

What we’d love to see…

ability to test out of content your child may already be familiar with, ability to turn off the sound affects within the app

Summary

I am looking forward to continuing to use the app with my son for his remaining homework assignments before school lets out and during the summer for part of his screen time to ensure that he stays on track with his math skills.

Our Rating

Zap Zap Math - K6 Math GamesZap Zap Math – K6 Math Games by Visual Math Interactive Sdn. Bhd. is a universal app for iOS that focuses on #commoncore math skills.  The free app with gated in-app purchases (IAP) includes content for children from kindergarten through sixth grade to learn, master and be quizzed on math materials using games.  The app itself contains over 150 games and over 180 math subtopics and is common core aligned to the Ontario Curriculum for Mathematics.  For purposes of the review, I was given a full user ID and tested using second grade material since that is the grade my older son is in.   The premium subscription is $9.99 USD and is charged on an annual basis.  For those that purchase the full subscription there is also a web-based dashboard so you can check on your child’s progress.

Skills practiced within the app include:  Addition, Subtraction, Fractions, Ratios, Multiplication, Geometry, Coordinates, Measurements, Angles, Time.  Each “year” within the app is a full school year’s worth of content which is fantastic for home practice during homework time, for homeschooling families or simply to prevent the “summer slide”.

Within the app, there are four different skill areas to use: training, accuracy, speed, mission.  There is no spoken language contained within the app, but there are written directions as well as video tutorials to show you what to do for each of the mini games.  After completing problems correctly, the words “good job” or stars are flashed on the screen.  After taking the quiz, you are shown the results of your work as well as given a time bonus (if completed faster than allowed) to give you a total score.

  • Training – this is the area where your child learns the skill and gets a tutorial about how to do it.
  • Accuracy – your child uses the skill to answer questions faster and more accurately
  • Speed Building – the skill itself is learned and now the focus is on completing the task in a faster manner
  • Mission – this brings all the pieces together when you rocket into outer space with a fun mini game

One of the things we liked was that there was a tutorial for each type of game.  This made sure we understood how to play it because it included step by step directions and a sample problem for you to complete.  My son in particular enjoyed the hive game as he had to connect different equations together to complete the problem.  At the end of each mission, you see your accuracy and score as well as a number of “Z” coins which are in app currency to purchase items.  We also liked the wide variety of games and frankly the huge amount of free content available to users without purchasing a subscription.  This app really allowed you to “try before you buy”.

In terms of enhancements, it would be nice if there were a way to “test” out of content.  My son was familiar in some cases with the content and kept telling me how “boring” it was to have to relearn a skill that he already knew.   I also would like to be able to turn off the background sound within the app, my son found the ticking and various noises distracting so we ended up muting our device, but it would be nice if there was an easier way to do it.  I’d also like a collaboration space, my son’s math curriculum is very visually based and several times he actually wanted to use the number line or draw out the math problem.  You can see the number line in the training mode, but you can’t manipulate it which was something he requested.  I would also like to see a parent gated area that contains the rating as well as a way to see the dashboard from my device in a future release.

Zap Zap Math

Above is a screenshot of a sample dashboard that shows what skills each student is practicing along with accuracy, amount of time played, number of attempts.  You can also click through to get a more detailed report.

I am looking forward to continuing to use the app with my son for his remaining homework assignments before school lets out and during the summer for part of his screen time to ensure that he stays on track with his math skills.  This is a great app to try and see if it works for your family, the $9.99 in app purchase/annually seems affordable for the amount of content contained within the app.  There are external links, however, they are parental gated.

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Zap Zap Math - K6 Math Games
Zap Zap Math - K6 Math Games
by Visual Math Interactive Sdn. Bhd.

Category: Education, Games, Educational, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 691.12 MB

$FREE

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Fast Free Apps and eBooks May 25 – 29



Today’s Free downloads include Berry and Dolly book apps, picabooks, Ellie’s Games apps, Step by Step Apps, Animal Math Second Grade Math Games for Kids Math, Visual Timer – Touch Timer 4 Kids & Teachers, Brain School ™ Word, Puzzle & Logic Games Training, Dragon Three Hairs Story, :prose, Missing Letter Articulation for Speech Therapy, Ready-Set-Learn Apps, See.Touch.Learn, Say Some More AAC Plus, Pocket Charts! Word Families, OctoMinus, Number line apps, Kids Animal Game – Feed the Rabbit, Play & Learn, The Pooches Family, The Four Seasons – educational game for children and babies, OctoMinus, Learning Time with Zimmi, ReadingKidz DK#1, Critter Clan and the Spiderclops Race, Schulte Table – improve fast reading and attention and more!

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Summer Tale – Berry and Dolly
Autumn Tale – Berry and Dolly

Winter Tale – Berry and Dolly

Spring Tale – Berry and Dolly

Summer Tale - Berry and Dolly Summer Tale - Berry and Dolly by ONCE Digital Arts

Price: $FREE

The Berry and Dolly tales features Dolly, the ladybird girl, and Berry, the snail boy. The application made from the Summer Tale of the Four Seasons Book is about Berry, who struggles with making pancakes.

Was $1.99

PicaBook Learning: Animals - Interactive animal picture book for small babies and tiny infants PicaBook Learning: Animals - Interactive animal picture book for small babies and tiny infants by Ellie's Games, LLC

Price: $FREE

Providing kids with high impact imagery, easy to understand vocals, dynamic transitions, along with crisp and clear typography for easy learning.

This version of PicaBook Learning: Animals includes.

Was $1.99

PicaBook Learning: Fruit - HD Interactive Touch Photo Book About Fruits For Kids PicaBook Learning: Fruit - HD Interactive Touch Photo Book About Fruits For Kids by Ellie's Games, LLC

Price: $FREE

Providing kids with high impact imagery, easy to understand vocals, dynamic transitions, along with crisp and clear typography for easy learning.

This version of PicaBook Learning: Fruit includes.

Was $2.99

Geography Duel - Two Player Split Screen World Trivia Game for Kids and Adults Geography Duel - Two Player Split Screen World Trivia Game for Kids and Adults by Ellie's Games, LLC

Price: $0.99 USD

Geography Duel is a split screen world trivia game that pits two players against each other on the same device! Search through States or Countries. Change settings for each player to level the playing.

Was $2.99

Letter Case - Play a Fun Matching Game for Upper and Lower Case Letters!  Wonderful Educational App for Toddlers in Kindergarten and Infants in Preschool Learning the Alphabet Letter Case - Play a Fun Matching Game for Upper and Lower Case Letters! Wonderful Educational App for Toddlers in Kindergarten and Infants in Preschool Learning the Alphabet by Ellie's Games, LLC

Price: $FREE

Note from Erik: New version coming soon!

Help build letter case confidence with this simple letter matching game. Swipe the letters at the bottom of the screen to match the letter visible on .

Was $2.99

Toddler Training Tool - Reading Sight Words & Flash Cards - Preschool and Kindergarten Training App to Help Kids Learn to Read. Toddler Training Tool - Reading Sight Words & Flash Cards - Preschool and Kindergarten Training App to Help Kids Learn to Read. by Ellie's Games, LLC

Price: $0.99 USD

I created this flash card app to practice sight words with Ellie.

Help build reading confidence with this flashcard game! Don't let your child get frustrated with reading - practice together.

Was $2.99

Dot Collector - Infant game for motion tracking and finger dexterity Dot Collector - Infant game for motion tracking and finger dexterity by Ellie's Games, LLC

Price: $2.99 USD

Note from Erik: New version coming soon!

Every kid enjoys collecting things. In this colorful collection game children grab dots as they bounce around the screen and gather them up. It's a game.

Was $2.99

Color Squares: Early Infant Development Game Color Squares: Early Infant Development Game by Ellie's Games, LLC

Price: $2.99 USD

Let little fingers clear the screen of bright colorful shapes with smooth animations and multi touch fun! Designed as baby's first app! Color Squares is a game designed to entertain your little ones.

Was $1.99

Vet Island Baby Animal Phone - Infant and Toddler Vision and Voice Stimulation Vet Island Baby Animal Phone - Infant and Toddler Vision and Voice Stimulation by Ellie's Games, LLC

Price: $2.99 USD

Ellie loves talking on the phone, so I made her a game where she can call her favorite Vet Island friends! Call a penguin in the jungle, or ring a dog at the beach. Let your little ones have imaginary.

Was $2.99 each
Sort By Nature – Sort logically related items
Fill the Matrix – Place items in the correct cells
Baby Jigsaw – Assemble 3 pieces of a picture
Animal Maze – Find a route through the maze
Same Same – Match identical items
Create a Series – Arrange items in a sequence
Sort By Kind – Sort visually related items
Pair By Kind – Match visually related items
Differ By Kind – Find the visually odd one out
Pair By Number – Match quantities and numbers
Animal Jigsaw – Assemble 4 pieces of a picture
Stack Up – Stack items bottom-up to build a tower
Pair By Nature – Match logically related items
Vehicle Maze – Find a route through the maze
Differ By Nature – Find the logically odd one out
Monster Maze – Find a route through the maze
Place in Groups – Create groups of related items

Sort By Nature - Sort logically related items Sort By Nature - Sort logically related items by STEP BY STEP

Price: $FREE

*** FREE for a limited time ***

- Full version.
- No in-app purchases.
- No ads.
- Safe for kids.

Welcome to “Sort By Nature”. This educational app is designed for children.

Was $3.99

Subtraction Flash Cards Match Math Games for Kids Subtraction Flash Cards Match Math Games for Kids by Eggroll Games LLC

Price: $3.99 USD

Building math skills and learning to subtract has never been more fun and intuitive!

With "Show Me" and "Peek" features, play comes easy even for young learners.

This app adheres to Common.

Was $3.99

Animal Math Second Grade Math Games for Kids Math Animal Math Second Grade Math Games for Kids Math by Eggroll Games LLC

Price: $4.99 USD

Join Emma in a brand new adventure as she helps Oleg the Owl, Chloe the Fox, and more of her animal friends complete over 100 second grade math challenges and find their way through the forest!

Was $1.99

Visual Timer - Touch Timer 4 Kids & Teachers Visual Timer - Touch Timer 4 Kids & Teachers by Saliha Bhutta

Price: $1.99 USD

One of kind touch timer app. Set Timer with Just 2 touches.

Read Some of our reviews:

(The iPhone App Review)
"The app presents us with a very touch-oriented and quite beautiful timer.

Was $1.99

Brain School ™ Word, Puzzle & Logic Games Training Brain School ™ Word, Puzzle & Logic Games Training by Mastersoft Ltd

Price: $1.99 USD

Brain School ™

The ultimate challenge!

Twenty completely different brain games and over 100 levels of puzzle mayhem. Includes Plastic Puzzle, Music Lessons, Roman History, Magic Hats, .

Was $2.99

Dragon Three Hairs Story Dragon Three Hairs Story by BlueFXGames

Price: $FREE

The Kingdom is in danger! A dangerous dragon has appeared in the outskirts and is scaring
the country people.

Only the knights of the court can defeat him! Well... As long as they manage to .

Was $1.99

Kids Animal Game - The Bear & Bee, Play & Learn Kids Animal Game - The Bear & Bee, Play & Learn by VKIDS VIETNAM LIMITED COMPANY

Price: $1.99 USD

Go into the jungle and discover the habitats of the bear! Help the bear catch the bees to get the honey from the hive. Put the honey into jars with different labels and caps. Discover the magical forest.

Was $119.99

:prose :prose by Smartstones, Inc.

Price: $119.99 USD

Winner 2016 Edison Award for Social Impact (Gold)
Winner 2016 Singularity University Global Grand Challenge for Learning

Available worldwide, with customers in over 50 countries.

:prose.

Was $3.99

Missing Letter Articulation for Speech Therapy Missing Letter Articulation for Speech Therapy by Erik X. Raj

Price: $4.99 USD

Created by Erik X. Raj, M.S., CCC-SLP, Missing Letter Articulation is an interactive app for your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, and iPod touch that features over 1,000 sound-specific articulation word puzzles.

Was $1.99, read our review

OctoMinus OctoMinus by Zyrobotics LLC

Price: $1.99 USD

OctoMinus makes subtraction fun and engaging for kids. OctoMinus places kids in an underwater aqua world where they have to battle turtles to score points. OctoMinus reinforces key math skills within.

Was $1.99 each
Ready-Set-Learn Pre-K
Ready-Set-Learn Kindergarten
Ready-Set-Learn Grade 3
Ready-Set-Learn Grade 2
Ready-Set-Learn Grade 1

Ready-Set-Learn Grade 1 Ready-Set-Learn Grade 1 by Teacher Created Resources

Price: $FREE

Boost your child’s learning with engaging games created by teachers and approved by parents. This app is geared to help children practice and master skills they will need to be successful in school. .

Was $2.99

Say Some More AAC Plus Say Some More AAC Plus by Dale Hubert

Price: $0.99 USD

Give a voice to those who can't speak for themselves with Say Some More AAC, the effective and affordable communications solution. Designed by a special education teacher, this customizable iPad app offers.

Was $0.99, with IAP for more words

See.Touch.Learn. See.Touch.Learn. by Brain Parade

Price: $FREE

Visual Instruction for Autism and Special Needs. Replace all of your flash cards with the 4,400 pictures and 2,200 exercises developed by professionals. More than 500,000 users in 104 countries! Create.

Was $0.99

Pocket Charts! Word Families Pocket Charts! Word Families by Good Neighbor Press, Inc

Price: $0.99 USD

Help your young learner (ages 3-8) become a proficient reader! Learning word families, such as clam-ham-jam-yam, will teach your child to decode “chunks” of letters. Once these 72 one-syllable phonograms.

Was $4.99

ReadingKidz! ReadingKidz! by Learning By Play ApS

Price: $FREE

Small children are much better at learning new things than adults - as long as they are stimulated in the right way.
ReadingKidz teaches children to spell and associate words through games and reading.

Was $3.99

Number line - learn counting for 1st grade Number line - learn counting for 1st grade by Kvanes AS

Price: $FREE

Using a number line is a great way to learn the numbers. By using a number line kids can easily see where there different numbers belong and learn the difference between them.

This exciting new.

Was $2.99

Number Line Plus - Learn Addition Number Line Plus - Learn Addition by Kvanes AS

Price: $FREE

Number Line is a great way to learn addition. With this app students learn how addition works by placing math problems on a number line.

The game has 20 exciting levels for kids to play. To unlock.

Was $2.99

Number Line Minus - Learn Subtraction Number Line Minus - Learn Subtraction by Kvanes AS

Price: $FREE

This game teaches kids subtraction in an exciting new way. The game takes advantage of the number line model. This means that kids see how subtraction works by placing the results of math problems on .

Was $0.99

The Pooches Family The Pooches Family by Bobaka LLC

Price: $FREE

The Pooches Family is a collection of entertaining and educational games based on "The Pooches" TV cartoon series. All the included games are absolutely kid-friendly and fun to play:

— The "Soccer.

Was $1.99

The Four Seasons -  educational game for children and babies The Four Seasons - educational game for children and babies by Cristinel Bontas

Price: $1.99 USD

An interactive story that is perfect for teaching young ones the seasons of the year. Learning has never been so much fun!

Filled with wonderful interactive activities and surprises, this game.

Was $1.99

Learning Time with Zimmi Learning Time with Zimmi by Cristinel Bontas

Price: $1.99 USD

An interactive story that is perfect for teaching young ones the art of telling time and a very short history of clocks. Learning has never been so much fun!

Learn with the cute robot Zimmi:

Was $1.99

Kids Animal Game - Feed the Rabbit, Play & Learn Kids Animal Game - Feed the Rabbit, Play & Learn by VKIDS VIETNAM LIMITED COMPANY

Price: $1.99 USD

Time to get busy discovering animal world! This app is friendly and ideal for toddlers and preschoolers to get to know the rabbit. Crated with love , Rabbit game includes three educational activities. .

Was $0.99

Schulte Table - improve fast reading and attention Schulte Table - improve fast reading and attention by Artem Tselikov

Price: $0.99 USD

Schulte table is a great app to improve your peripheral vision and speed reading.
This application has a long list of features such as in-depth customization, detailed statistics of the results and.

Was $0.99

Critter Clan and the Spiderclops Race Critter Clan and the Spiderclops Race by Mischievous Art Ltd

Price: $0.99 USD

Join Dipsy and Co in the brand new adventures of the Critter Clan.

A fun and inspiring interactive storybook which children and parents alike will love.

This is the first in the series.

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Fast Free Apps and eBooks May 1-11



Today’s Free downloads include Intro to Geography: World Edition by Montessorium, Nampa Holiday, Dino-Store, Shape Game & Colors App Preschool Games for Kids, Preschool Flashcards Game for Kids, KidConnect-Connecting Behavior to Emotions, Behavior World Reward Chart: Class & Chore Tracker, Little Grey Fergie Saves the Day, Kids vs Rain: The Game, Learn To Talk Apps, Video Touch – Animals, 2Talk – AAC, Speak Better – Pacing Therapy for Stuttering, Cluttering, Disfluency, Parkinson’s Disease, TBI, Stroke, and Fluency Disorders, Music Tree1- sowing music seeds, Moona Puzzles, Rhythm Cat Pro 2, The Little Beaver, Coloring Farm Animal Coloring Book For Kids Games, English for Everyday Activities, Wee Rockets and more!

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Was $8.99

Math Flashcard Match Games for Kids in Elementary School Studying Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division Math Flashcard Match Games for Kids in Elementary School Studying Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division by Eggroll Games LLC

Price: $8.99 USD

Welcome to Math Flashcard Match, a set of energetic and common core compliant math challenges designed by teachers to motivate and build confidence in kids learning addition, subtraction, multiplication.

Was $4.99

Intro to Geography: World Edition by Montessorium Intro to Geography: World Edition by Montessorium by Montessorium, LLC

Price: $4.99 USD

Montessorium, in partnership with Rand McNally Education, brings you the world! Exclusively for iPhone 6, 6+, 7, 7+ iPad and iPad Pro. *Featured in Best New Apps!

• Learn the shapes, names, flags.

Was $2.99

Nampa Holiday Nampa Holiday by Nampa Design AB

Price: $2.99 USD

Here it is, the app that makes the travel distances feel shorter, rainy days sunnier and applying sun lotion one of the best parts of the vacation! And all this without ads or in-app purchases.

Was $0.99

Dino-Store Dino-Store by Bluemarker

Price: $1.99 USD

Kids, parents, teachers and critics love this funny & charming dino-store story.
* Over 275,000 downloads (80% from schools!)
* Year's Top Picks for Storybook Apps - Digital Storytime
* Year.

New app

Preschool Flashcards Game for Kids Preschool Flashcards Game for Kids by Innovative Investments Limited

Price: $0.99 USD

Due to popular demand we have added an official EDU version of our popular baby flash cards app. This means:

- No in-app-purchases
- No ads
- No baby logo since preschool kids don't like.

Free for 1 student, IAP for more

KidConnect-Connecting Behavior to Emotions KidConnect-Connecting Behavior to Emotions by The Connections Model, LLC

Price: $FREE

KidConnect for the iPad
MANAGE YOUR EMOTIONS TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS
Unlike anything else on the market, KidConnect teaches children to identify their emotions when they happen. Kids make connections.

Was $2.99

MathMaker MathMaker by Primal Math LLC

Price: $FREE

MathMaker is a state-of-the-art visual math tool, which is engaging and fun to use. Gain a deep understanding of math concepts, develop visual strategies, and explore spatial representations of the procedures.

Was $0.99-$3.99
Little Grey Fergie Saves the Day
Ella Bella BICYCLE THIEF
City of Friends – Counting book
City of Friends Christmas Calendar

Little Grey Fergie Saves the Day Little Grey Fergie Saves the Day by Ravn Studio AS

Price: $2.99 USD

Note: iPad Wi-Fi (4th generation) / iPhone 5 or newer required.

Little Grey Fergie Saves the Day is a complete farm adventure where you can build your dream farm together with Fergie the little.

Still Free

Kids vs Rain: The Game Kids vs Rain: The Game by Innovative Language Learning USA LLC

Price: $FREE

**Are your kids curious about difficult concepts such as where rain comes from?**
Help kids understand with this fun and exciting small adventure based off the actual water cycle.

Kids vs Rain.

Was $0.99
– The Sea –
– Mountain –
– Animals –

- The Sea - - The Sea - by Papoo Games

Price: $0.99 USD

PAPOO is the specialist in playful and educational games for young children.

With experts in early childhood development, PAPOO designs high-quality applications that guarantee:
• Educational.

Was $0.99-$1.99
MMF Piano Primer
Meet Beethoven

MMF Piano Primer MMF Piano Primer by Andrew Fling

Price: $FREE

5,000 downloads so far! Thanks for your interest.

Want Your Kids to Learn Faster, Practice More Confidently, and Have More Fun?

The MMF! All-in-One Primer iPad App is a graded edition for.

Was $1.99 each, with IAP for more words
Learn To Talk More Words – Preschool,Kindergarten Flashcards
Learn To Talk First Words – Preschool, Kindergarten Flashcards

Learn To Talk More Words – Preschool,Kindergarten Flashcards Learn To Talk More Words – Preschool,Kindergarten Flashcards by Thunderloop

Price: $1.99 USD

- The original Learn To Talk was featured in App Store's What's Hot in and ranked #4 in Education
- Universal app with high resolution full screen graphics on the iPad
- Additional decks can be .

Was $2.99

Video Touch - Animals Video Touch - Animals by SoundTouch

Price: $FREE

49 HD video clips of animals

· "Great app!!! My son loves this app!!!"
· "Gorgeous Videos! I bought one of these apps and, after seeing the quality, went back and purchased the rest of them.

New app

Monster Maze - Find a route through the maze Monster Maze - Find a route through the maze by STEP BY STEP

Price: $FREE

*** FREE for a limited time ***

- Full version.
- No in-app purchases.
- No ads.
- Safe for kids.

Welcome to “Monster Maze”. This educational app is designed for children .

Was $0.99 each
iPhone
iPad

Speech Assist Board Speech Assist Board by Jacob Roys

Price: $FREE

Speech Assist Touch Board is a unique tool for people who are unable, or find it difficult to communicate using their voice. There are two main views that Speech Assist offers; a General view with large.

Was $0.99

Speech Assist Board Courts Speech Assist Board Courts by Jacob Roys

Price: $FREE

Speech Assist Touch Board for Court is a unique tool for people who are unable, or find it difficult to communicate using their voice. This application is specifically designed for use in a courtroom, .

Was $0.99

The Little Beaver The Little Beaver by Crafted Tales GbR

Price: $FREE

Discover the world of the little beaver in this interactive reading adventure.
In this interactive book the adventures of the little beaver come to life.

In the company of the little beaver .

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Was $2.99

Shape Game & Colors App Preschool Games for Kids Shape Game & Colors App Preschool Games for Kids by Eggroll Games LLC

Price: $2.99 USD

Teaches shape and color recognition by combining exciting card matching game play with professional narration, fun music and positive feedback. It's fun and easy for kids to use.

SHAPE RECOGNITION.

Was $2.99

Behavior World Reward Chart: Class & Chore Tracker Behavior World Reward Chart: Class & Chore Tracker by Helping Hand Systems, LLC

Price: $2.99 USD

Create customizable, positive reinforcement reward charts for school AND home!

Behavior World is a reward chart app designed to help children improve their behavior and build good habits. It is.

New app

2Talk - AAC 2Talk - AAC by rana nir

Price: $14.99 USD

2Talk - AAC

An app for creating communication boards. Using this app you can design personalized communication boards. Settings allow for image search on the internet, integration of video into.

Was $2.99

Moona Puzzles Fruits learning games for toddlers Moona Puzzles Fruits learning games for toddlers by Mariya Stavinskaya

Price: $2.99 USD

Moona Puzzles Fruits become a real educational play center with 33 levels. Kids like this new learning format in the form of short game tasks. Our app includes 5 types of games which improve photographic.

Was $2.99

Moona Veggies: Toddler Kids Learning Puzzle Games Moona Veggies: Toddler Kids Learning Puzzle Games by Mariya Stavinskaya

Price: $2.99 USD

“Moona Puzzles Vegetables” is an educational game for children between 2 and 6 years old which will help them learn more than 50 new words regarding the themes of veggies, gardening and botanics. .

Was $2.99

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Was $4.99

Rhythm Cat Pro 2 Rhythm Cat Pro 2 by LMuse Limited

Price: $4.99 USD

Learn how to read music rhythms with Rhythm Cat Pro 2 - a fun app that follows on from where the popular first one left off - with more rhythms and new music to play along to.
As well as being entertaining.

Was $2.99

Coloring Farm Animal Coloring Book For Kids Games Coloring Farm Animal Coloring Book For Kids Games by Eggroll Games LLC

Price: $2.99 USD

#1 Kids and Family App for iPad and iPhone on iTunes! Showcased in iPad Apps For Kids For Dummies! Featured on The iPhone Mom, Moms With Apps, Famigo, Fun 2 Tap, App Advice and in over 156 App Stores! .

Was $2.99

Wee Rockets Wee Rockets by Wee Taps

Price: $2.99 USD

Let your kids build their own rockets with superb retina graphics, launch them into space and race through the asteroid field to rescue all the aliens. Ideal for 2-6 year olds

#1 Educational Game.

Was $2.99

English for Everyday Activities English for Everyday Activities by Unidocs Inc.

Price: $2.99 USD

English for Everyday Activities is a picture process dictionary book with a narrated audio. The audio playing feature has an option to play with synchronized page turning, a very effective way to learn.

Was $49.99

Speak Better - Pacing Therapy for Stuttering, Cluttering, Disfluency, Parkinson's Disease, TBI, Stroke, and Fluency Disorders Speak Better - Pacing Therapy for Stuttering, Cluttering, Disfluency, Parkinson's Disease, TBI, Stroke, and Fluency Disorders by Navanit Arakeri

Price: $49.99 USD

Are you a Speech Therapist working with clients who have imprecise articulation and a fast rate of speech? Imagine offering your clients a powerful 4-in-1 speech therapy toolkit that combines the best.

Note : These Free/Discounted Apps and Free eBooks are on sale for a limited time only so you’ll need to be Fast if you want them at the reduced price. These apps/books were free or discounted at the time of publishing this article but are subject to change at any time by the app developers/publishers. As prices vary in different country app stores, always check the price before downloading. If you like these apps/books, be sure to share this post with your friends.

 

 

SnapPower Safe Light and USB Charger by SnapPower – Review

What we love…

super easy to install SnapPower Safe Light allows you to childproof and install night lights throughout your house.  Snap Power Charger is a perfect outlet replacement especially if you have a home office where you might need to charge your electronics without having them downstairs

What we’d love to see…

ability to use in a bathroom or kitchen using GFCI

Summary

Easy to install child proofing solution that has the benefit of pathway lighting and no covers to lose or cords to lose when charging your cell phone. I love how easy it is to access my outlets now and don’t worry my toddler will see me removing one of the plastic outlet covers and try to do so himself potentially resulting in a hazard.  Simple.  Easy.  A must have product in my home.

Our Rating

 

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SnapPower Safe Light by SnapPower is an easy to install wall replacement switch that not only childproofs but adds lights so you don’t need to take up one of the outlets with a nightlight.  As a mom of a toddler, I increasingly found myself telling my son “no” when it came to power outlets.  I remember childproofing with my first involved cumbersome outlet covers or the little white outlet covers you would remove just so you could vacuum and then stick back in.  I knew that there had to be a better solution.  At our house, in addition to needing to childproof, many of our outlets had nightlights plugged into at least one of the outlets.  We have some pretty dark corners, especially at the bottom of the stairs.  Other products in the lineup include switch plate covers for light switches
Installation was a snap – it took me more time to go downstairs and turn off the breaker than it did to install each of the three SnapPower Safe Lights.  You simply switch off the power, remove the outlet cover, and then insert the new outlet cover which has metal prongs on each side.  These prongs go inside the outlet and provide power for the LED guidelight at the bottom of the outlet.  Not only are they childproof, but you gain an outlet back and nighttime lighting.  Each outlet contains a sensor which turns the light on and off based on the light conditions or you can set it to high or low, and it costs mere pennies a day to use.  It’s so much brighter than the previous blue nightlights we were using, but not too bright if my older son gets up during the night to use the bathroom.

We also tested the Snap Power Charger, which allows you to convert your outlet to a USB charger, without losing the outlet.  We have a lot of tech in our house – and sometimes our home charging dock is full – or I might just want to plug in my iPhone if it’s running low on battery.  Installation for this was simple as well – the outlet screw provides the connection to power with the power prongs providing power and you simply snap on the cover.

For purposes of the review – I have used both the SnapPower SafeLight and Snap Power USB Charger for over a month – and I honestly love them.  I love that I don’t need to fiddle with plastic outlet covers if I need to do a quick vacuum of the playroom or worry about coming down the stairs in the dark.  When I use the SnapPower SafeLight I simply insert the plug of whatever item I want to use,slide the outlet covers over and am on my way.  When I am done, I unplug and don’t have to worry any longer about putting something else back into the outlet or fiddling with putting the cover back on.

The SnapPower Guidelight and SnapPower USB Charger work on standard outlets – they do not work with GFCI outlets due to the need for a reset button – so you can’t use them in the kitchen or bathrooms.  I would love to see this in the future although I am sure it will require a redesign of some sort.

Overall, this has been a fantastic solution for night time lighting, childproofing and charging for our family.  I love how easy it is to access my outlets now and don’t worry my toddler will see me removing one of the plastic outlet covers and try to do so himself potentially resulting in a hazard.  Simple.  Easy.  A must have product in my home. Items can be purchased directly from SnapPower or via Amazon.

RRP of SnapPower Safe Light is $17.00 USD for a single or 10 for $140 USD.

RRP of the SnapPower USB charger is $20 USD for a single or a three pack for $54 USD.

 

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Boys Only Reading Comprehension by Reinvent Recess Digital, LLC – Review



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What we love…

great boy themed reading content that has questions where kids demonstrate comprehension and mastery along with a scorecard

What we’d love to see…

more chapters for kids to read, my son loved the sports ones and kept asking for more

Summary

Overall, this is a great reading app that has a lot of potential for kids who may struggle with reading.  For my son one of the biggest challenges to reading is finding a topic that he likes along with being able to understand it.  He is now able to do both with this app!

Our Rating

Boys Only Reading ComprehensionBoys Only Reading Comprehension by Reinvent Recess Digital is a universal app for iOS that features 15 chapters or passages for kids to read and then take a short test on to determine if they comprehended what they read.  The multi-user app has topics which range from sports, to science and history with both fiction and non-fiction choices.  Upon opening the app and adding the admin and first user, the child can pick ten chapters to read which will be sent to their scorecard.  Users are tested on a summary of the text, identifying items in sequence via  timeline of events (first, second, third), finding an unknown word, problem/solution.

Getting my son to understand what he is reading has always been a challenge for me.  He loves anything sports related so when I had him test the app he picked out all of the sports related chapters along with a few others.  I then had him sit down and read a story to see what he did.  He used an iPad for reading the story and doing the questions.  One of the first comments he made was that the stories were “real” and that he could actually identify with some of them.  As he carefully read the passages – he got better at this as time went on he started getting more of the questions right.  As part of his daily homework, my son can read for 15 minutes and then have a discussion about what he has read.  We used the app multiple times for him to read and then take the test to demonstrate what he learned.  After completing the passage, you are given real time feedback on any answers that were right or wrong and if they were wrong what the correct answer was.  Using a timeline was one of the most challenging things for my son, because although he remembered the events in the story at times it was hard for him to sequence them.  Using the app definitely helped him with that as well as helping him to really take the time to understand what he was reading.  At times when he struggled we also worked on having him tell me the story then going back to answer the questions.

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As a mom, I really liked that the app encouraged my son to read and comprehend what he was reading.  I also liked that the questions were multiple choice so my son could pick from a field of correct answers similar to tests he takes at school.  The topics were very relevant and interesting to him especially the sports related ones – and had him wanting to use the app for homework — which I call a huge win! I also liked that some passages were shorter or longer – this helped me with having my son pick and choose which one to complete based on the time we had available.  Currently longer passages are marked with a * so you know ahead of time they are longer.  I also liked that my son could go back to the passage to verify what he had read before submitting the answers to the questions.  This gave him a “double check” that helped him feel more confident in his answers.  I also really liked that the scorecard was emailed to me so we could identify areas that we might need to focus more on – and I could share it with his teacher to demonstrate that he was doing reading homework nightly.

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In terms of improvements, I would like to see more than 15 chapters or passages contained within the app.  At this point, my son has used it quite a bit and has “memorized” some of the stories since we have done them over and over again.  I would like to see some additional passages so we could use it on a more routine basis for reading homework.

Overall, this is a great reading app that has a lot of potential for kids who may struggle with reading.  For my son one of the biggest challenges to reading is finding a topic that he likes along with being able to understand it.  He is now able to do both with this app!

Boys only reading comprehension

Boys Only Reading Comprehension
Boys Only Reading Comprehension
by Reinvent Recess Digital, LLC

Category: Education, Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 8.44 MB

$2.99USD

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.