Nampa Party by Nampa Design AB – Review


What we love…

fun party themed app with no rules and lots of great mini games which kept my toddler entertained!  He loved taking photos, painting and making various food items.

What we’d love to see…

I would love to be able to take items I created in the app and put them on the table – like my cupcake creation or even my party drink!

Summary

Fun party themed app with a wide variety of mini games that will keep your toddler and preschooler entertained!

Our Rating

 

 

Nampa Party by Nampa Design is a fun party themed app which includes eight mini games along with music and the ever present disco ball.  You can go into the photobooth dress, up and take a fun selfie; make a sandwich using your favorite items including vegetables, condiments and meat; create your favorite smoothie in the blender; play some music by putting your favorite instrument or animal on the musical notes to create your own rhythm and more!  This app is fun for toddlers and preschoolers – as well as older kids who just want to have fun! Read our review of Nampa Holiday published earlier this year.

 Create your own music.  In this mini game you are presented with a music line where you can drag the characters from the app as well as a variety of musical instruments including a drum, maraca, trumpet or guitar to the music line.  You can arrange the objects and then play your tune!

Selfie Photo Booth  A party isn’t complete without photos!  Visit the dress up closet to pick your favorite dress up accompaniments which include jewelry, glasses and accessories before going in the selfie booth to have a string of photos taken.  Watch out for the fun balloon artist!

Paint and Design:  A party isn’t complete without paint and design or coloring!  Simply look at the sheet, pick your favorite color and drag it over to the photo.  It is filled in neatly using a paint brush tip which makes coloring fun and frustration free.  No scribbles and no mess!

Create the Party Cake:  It’s time to create and bake the party cake.  First you choose the wrapper for your cake and then you pick the mix.  The cow is the helper in this mini game and it’s time to bake!    After baking you can decorate with frosting and sprinkles!  After your creation is made, then it’s time to add fruit, individual items like eyes and more.  Once you are done the chef enjoys their creation!

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Create your own hamburger: In this mini game you choose your hamburger and fun toppings which range from tomato and green pepper to cheese, onions and cucumbers.  Don’t forget to top it with a bun!

Stack the Presents: Enter in and stack the presents in a tower – see how many you can stack before it topples!  Don’t forget to watch for the balloon artist!

Create your own Smoothie:  It’s time to blend up the party drinks.  Choose from a variety of fruits, vegetables and even pizza to create your fun party drink.  When done you can share it with the other characters and make more!  My son enjoyed making pineapple, raspberry, candy cane smoothies  it was fun to see all the great color creations.  After making simply touch the blender to get a drink.

Decorate the Party Table:  Tap on your friends to set the party table complete with plates, cups, bowls and snacks!  Don’t forget the fun decorations as well which include party hats, balloons, decorations for the wall and of course birthday cake!  Turn off the light and the disco ball comes out to play!

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My son loved this app.  He can be a bit shy at parties so we talked about how playing this app was like going to a birthday party.  He enjoyed making his own food (his way no rules!) along with the paint and design and taking selfies.  We even took a few of our own silly selfies with my iPhone after.

In terms of improvements – it would be nice if there was a way to take the objects that kids create and somehow integrate them into the app.  Perhaps this could be done by making the coloring page something kids could put on the wall during the party or allowing them to choose the color pitcher with the drinks which is similar to what was created during the smoothie making.

Overall, this is a fun app aimed at toddlers and preschoolers. It’s simple enough that kids don’t get frustrated but doesn’t have so many activities that kids can get overwhelmed. My toddler loved that there were no rules and that he could make things the way he wanted to. There are no external links, no IAP or advertising contained within the app.

Nampa Party
Nampa Party
by Nampa Design AB

Category: Games, Family, Education
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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 216.95 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.

 

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

Dr. Panda Plus: Home Designer – Review



Dr. Panda Plus: Home... iconDr. Panda Plus: Home Designer is a physical toy which includes cards as well as the ability to take a photograph of them and display them on your device.  Inside the box are 51 flashcards, 12 non-toxic erasable markers and a QR code which activates the app.  Cards inside the box include everything you would find in a home ranging from bathroom items (sink, tub, toilet, towel rack); bedroom (crib, loft bed, bunk beds, lights, flooring, characters, clothing for the characters,rocking chair, bookshelf,  ); kitchen (table, counters, plant, laundry basket, stove, cabinets and living room (couch, stereo system, chair.)  Note these are not all of the items – they are selected ones that I picked out.

What we love…

fun interactive app that showcases what an iPad can do using a physical toy and merging it with 3D design

What we’d love to see…

ability to save your creations on the camera roll, ability to move from house to house more easily, an outside space for kids to design and play in

Summary

Super fun app which brings Dr. Panda to life in physical play.  It can be played for long or short periods of time or longer periods of time.  Dr. Panda Plus Home Designer provides a fun augmented-reality like experience which helps kids be creative with art and design while helping to familiarize letters and words.

Our Rating

 

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To play, first you launch load the app on your device.  Next you scan the QR code which is located inside the Dr. Panda Plus box to activate the app.  Then you can take out the cards and start creating.  When playing with Dr. Panda Plus: Home Designer with my kids – I usually separated the cards into categories like bedroom, characters, clothing and then also by room to make it easier for my toddler to follow along.  Each card is double sided – one that kids can color in using the included dry erase markers and the other is already colored in.  Once the card is done, you simply hold it up and take a photo of it using the camera on your device.  The object is rendered into 3D and then you can place it within the home.  My younger son loved taking photos of all of the objects to make his dream house – there were lots of flooring changes along with multiple beds in the bedroom,  With my older son – he’s a third grader he picked out specific cards he wanted to color prior to even launching the app.  He then colored them in using the included markers and making his own designs.  He was a bit more thoughtful in how he organized the house making a kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom as well as designing all the clothes for the various characters.  To wipe off the cards we used a baby wipe although any soft cloth will work.  A few times, my older son didn’t want to erase his creation so it did take a bit more “scrubbing” to get it off.  Each house has four rooms – and you can choose where you want the rooms to be placed.  When you take a photo the image can be lined up and then it “pops” into 3D mode for placing.  When you take the photo it also brings out letters which encourage kids to spell the name of the object they are creating – kids can choose to bypass this.  If you accidentally take a photo of an item or too many you can simply place it in the recycle bin.

I loved how easy this app and game were to use.  No rules no fuss!  I could play one way with my younger son and then with my older son he could be independent and color in his own cards to create the room and design it as he wished.  We could use the pre-designed cards or use the cards that we colored on/decorated and play.  I found it was easiest to scan things in bunches to complete one room at a time just to make it more fun.  My kids also enjoyed making multiple houses – they made one for Dr. Panda, another for Tao and a third for Meimi junior.  The also created a bunch of cute clothes for each character to wear.  In addition – my older son had a larger set of dry erase markers that he was able to use with the cards so he had more color choices.  The box holds the game and markers making it easy to keep everything together.  The cards are made of a sturdy cardboard that has stood up to repeated uses and did not bend despite the best efforts of my younger son.  The game can be used across multiple devices which was great as it meant my older son could play on his own iPad while my younger son and I could use a different iPad.

In terms of improvements – it would be neat if you could go from house to house within the app rather than having to open each house separately.  In addition, it would be nice if there were a “holding area” for you to scan your cards and that way you could wipe them off and make a different design without losing the first design.  We tried a few different ways to do this without success.  It would also be nice if there were a way to “back up” the QR code just in case something happened to the box.  It might also be fun to include mini games within the app from the various Dr. Panda titles to provide different activities for kids to do.

Dr. Panda Plus Home Designer provides a fun augmented-reality like experience which helps kids be creative with art and design while helping to familiarize letters and words.  My kids have spent hours playing with the app and each time they create a new house or go into play it’s a fun new experience.  I encourage them to narrate and tell me what they are doing and making during the process which also helps familiarize them with various names of objects.

Dr. Panda Plus Home Designer is available on Amazon for $39.99.

Dr. Panda Plus: Home Designer
Dr. Panda Plus: Home Designer
by Dr. Panda Ltd

Category: Education
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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 206.26 MB

$FREE

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

Halloween App Roundup 2017 from The iMums



It’s getting closer to my kids favorite time of the year.  Below is a list of some of The iMums favorite Haloween apps.  Be sure to comment and tell us your favorites!  Also, check out our 10 great kids books for Halloween article too! 

The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk

The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk

The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk by Oceanhouse Media In this classic tale from Jan and Stan Berenstain, Halloween is approaching in Bear Country and Papa Bear is excited because this year he is in charge of the Bear Country School’s Ghost Walk. In his enthusiasm Papa Bear gets carried away and forgets Mama Bear’s advice that “one person’s fun is another person’s nightmare”. After scaring his children and giving himself nightmares, Papa Bear learns his lesson and realizes that Halloween can be fun without being scary. Papa Bear scales back the fright factor and everyone has a fun time at the School Ghost Walk.  Read our full review.  Buy a copy here.

The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk by Oceanhouse Media

Price: $3.99 USD

Join the Berenstain Bears in this interactive book app as they prepare for the Bear Country School's Halloween ghost walk! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your .

 

 

World Of Liberty “It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware”

It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware

It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware by World of Liberty, LLC is an interactive universal storybook designed for iOS by Ogg Studios that takes different parts of the United States and explores how they connect to other parts of the country called “country connections” which helps to understand what America has in common with other countries with a focus on one specific state and one country at a time.  This particular story features Delaware and the sister city of Kalmar, Sweden which is the sister city to Wilmington, Delaware.  The storybook app designed for children aged seven to nine provides a history lesson in an interactive storybook app featuring animation, song, narration and features Liberty Lane (the primary character), her toy eagle Georgie, her toy plane Truman and her dog Ellie as they adventure around the world.  The app features a “read to me”, “read to myself” and “autoplay” option which brings history to life in this new series.   Liberty Lane helps to explain the tradition of Halloween in the United States and Georgie the Eagle helps to explain why pumpkins have faces for Halloween to scare away the creatures.  The app also includes information about the state such as the state flag and location of the state as well as information about Sweden which includes the language and flag as well as location and information specific to each of the sister cities and the ties between the two.  The author Amber Hood, is a professional voice over artist who is the voice for Dotty in Special Agent Oso and Susie Sunshine in Doc McStuffins. Read the full review or download here.

World Of Liberty Adventure 1 World Of Liberty Adventure 1 by World of Liberty, LLC

Price: $0.99 USD

WORLD OF LIBERTY “It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware” created by Amber Hood .


A fun and exciting interactive storybook adventure, about a little girl called Liberty Lane, her dog Ellie.


 

Catch the Wally Halloween - Seek & Find game

Catch the Wally Halloween

Catch the Wally – Halloween by Funny Yummy In this beautifully illustrated, fun, app Wally is a spider who likes to play hide and seek, as you search for him you can find all kinds of other surprises hidden in the wall. A special version of Catch the Wally has been released for Halloween with seasonal graphics, you can read our review of the original version here. Download here

Catch the Wally Halloween - Seek & Find game Catch the Wally Halloween - Seek & Find game by Funny Yummy Studio UG (haftungsbeschraenkt)

Price: $2.99 USD

This entertaining game is the Halloween edition of our popular Catch the Wally app.

In this edition: new ‘Halloween’ Wally, 5 brand new episodes and a ghostly explosion. The already familiar.

 

 

Room on the Broom: Games icon

Room on the Broom: Games

Room on The Broom Games by Magic Light Pictures. This delightful app is a collection of mini-games suitable for preschool and early elementary school age children. It is based on the award winning book “Room on the Broom” written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.  The book has also been made into an animated movie. The app contains a collection of games for children aged 3-7 years old, based on the original illustrations from the Room on the Broom book. Read the full review. Download here


Room on the Broom: Games Room on the Broom: Games by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Price: $2.99 USD

BAFTA NOMINATED GAME based on the No.1 Halloween children's picture book!

**Perfect for 3 - 7 year olds with no in-app purchases. "A must-have app” The i Mums**

***Great technical support.

 

Toca Boo

Toca Boo

Toca Boo by Toca Boca. In this classic Halloween app from Toca Boca you play as Bonnie a little girl who dresses as a ghost to scare her family. Her family live in in a rambling old house that is in darkness and family members use flashlights to see. You can set a spooky atmosphere by turning things off and on, and making spooky sound effects and hiding to jump out at family members. Try Toca Boo or the Toca Halloween bundle.


Toca Boo Toca Boo by Toca Boca AB

Price: $2.99 USD

BOO!
Did I scare you!? My name is Bonnie and my family loves to spook! Do you want to scare them back? Follow me and I'll show you how!

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Float around the house and look for the family.

 

Giggle Ghosts: Counting Fun! icon

Giggle Ghosts Counting Fun

Giggle Ghosts Counting fun by Busy Bee Studio is an interactive iPad app aimed at children, particularly toddlers, preschoolers and those in elementary school. The app allows children to practice counting, fine motor skills and early physics skills. The app lets users bounce ghosts off musical chimneys. After each level is finished, the ghosts are put into a ghost house for a party. There are four levels each with increasing difficulty, including clouds and a rainstorm which provide additional obstacles for the ghosts to bounce off and sometimes require double bouncing.  Read our full review or download here.


Giggle Ghosts: Counting Fun! Giggle Ghosts: Counting Fun! by Busy Bee Studios

Price: $0.99 USD

A counting game for toddlers and preschoolers learning numbers, Giggle Ghosts also helps practice hand-eye coordination as kids bounce and count laughing ghosts off of musical chimneys!

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Happi Halloween

Happi Halloween

Happi Halloween by Happi Pappi is a FREE Halloween themed app!  Join Happi and Papi for some Halloween fun in this multiplayer game on one device.  This app is great for practicing fine motor skills and problem solving by mixing in spiders and pumpkins!  First to reach 10 wins in this 2 player game set at a spooky cute cemetery with a little bit of howling and some squeaky doors.  Download here


Happi Halloween Happi Halloween by Happi Papi

Price: $FREE

Join Happi and Papi for some Halloween fun in this multiplayer game on one device.

Beat your opponent by launching your spiders into the vortex before he does the same with his pumpkins.

 

Mystery Math Town

Mystery Math Town

Mystery Math Town by Artgig Apps.  Educational and entertaining, this beautifully done app will sharpen children’s  mathematical skills as they explore Mystery Math Town and get acquainted with it’s fascinating residents and learning at the same time.  This app is geared toward elementary school age children and practices addition, subtraction and multiplication.  This math app is unlike any I have ever seen.  The incredible graphics and the numerous rooms and interactive objects to discover make this app engaging and delightful.   Read our full review or download here.


Mystery Math Town for iPhone Mystery Math Town for iPhone by Artgig Studio

Price: $2.99 USD

Use your math skills to rescue the fireflies in Mystery Math Town for ages 6 and up.

Best Math App 2014 - Tech with Kids
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Mystery Word Town - Sight Word Spelling

Mystery Word Town – Sight Word Spelling

Mystery Word Town by Artgig Apps  In Mystery Word Town, a gang of thieves have stolen some gold. They have hidden them inside the buildings in town. Find all the gold to arrest the thieves and bring them to justice. Each building in Mystery Word Town has multiple rooms to explore. Make sure to check all the doors, windows. and ladders to search all the rooms and to uncover all possible hiding places.  Read our full review or download here.

Mystery Word Town Spelling Mystery Word Town Spelling by Artgig Studio

Price: $3.99 USD

You'll need sharp spelling skills to find the gold and capture the Huevos Rancheros Gang. Play with the teacher-developed word lists, or record your own words.
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First Words Halloween

First Words Halloween

FirstWords: Halloween, by Learning Touch features fun illustrations and entertaining sounds focused on a Halloween theme and includes objects and costumes such as a witch, hat, pumpkin and many more. The game is easily navigable by kids aged 2+. The simple gameplay allows the user to press and drag letter tiles to the appropriate spot to spell the word relating to the picture. Upon pressing the letter, the user is told the name of the letter and once the entire word has been made, the letters are repeated in order and the word is read out to them. They can also hear the word by pressing the picture. Once the word has been solved, the next frame appears automatically.  Read the full review or download here.

First Words Halloween First Words Halloween by Learning Touch LLC

Price: $1.99 USD

- "Best Apps: Our Recommendations for Families" -- Common Sense Media
- "Best iPhone Apps of the Week" -- AppAdvice
- "Great choice for toddlers, just hurry up and get it!" -- Apps4Kids
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Five Little Monkeys Halloween HD

Five Little Monkeys Halloween

Five Little Monkeys Halloween by Loeschware. With this app your children can practice addition and subtraction of Halloween clad monkey’s, opposites such as stop/go, on/off, open/close, and touching a variety of objects within the room.  Reading and Singing using word highlighting to encourage early pre-reading skills.  Fun interactive elements include a candy surprise, a friendly spider, Halloween costumes on the characters as well as a dancing skeleton.  Read our full review of the original Five Little Monkey’s or download here

Five Little Monkeys Halloween Five Little Monkeys Halloween by LoeschWare

Price: $0.99 USD

The original version is currently an Apple handpicked selection for the "App Store Essentials: Special Education"

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Who is the Ugliest of All? iconWho is the Ugliest of All by The Happy Dandelion is a universal Halloween themed app for iOS featuring an interactive mirror.  The main character is a young girl who is trying to figure out what to wear to a Halloween trick or treat.  This storybook app has the main character picking out a dress – which she admits is tight and stained is her attire of choice.  She then puts on her stockings with a few repairs needed and mismatched socks of orange and teal as well as two different shoes – one grey and one brown.  Then it’s off to makeup, nails and hair.  Her hair has a raven nest with three small chicks and UV sunglasses to protect her eyes.  Read our full review or download here

Who is the Ugliest of All? Who is the Ugliest of All? by Joshua Wilson

Price: $3.99 USD

Who is the Ugliest of All? is an interactive Halloween Story featuring a young girl's internal dialog. With her questionable fashion choices and increasingly odd imperfections she challenges our conventional.

 

It's The Great Pumpkin,... icon

Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, by Loud Crow Interactive, is a universal app and an adaptation of the classic Halloween story from Charles M. Schulz. If you are looking for a slice of Halloween nostalgia you need look no further. It has the original music, artwork and dialog from the TV Special and is narrated by Peter Robbins the original voice of Charlie Brown.  You can switch the narration off, and control the background music level independently. The words are highlighted as it is read, and touching individual words makes them be spoken too.  Read our full review or download here.


Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

Price: $4.99 USD

* Featured in NY Times and TIME
* iPad & iPhone App of the Week
* #1 App in Books & Entertainment

Oh, Great Pumpkin! Where are you? This Halloween, hang out with Charlie Brown and the entire.

Wonster Words by 77 Sparx is a universal app for iOS that helps you focus on letters and phonics via word families, spelling, digraphs, language sounds as well as phonemes. The app is also available on Amazon and Google Play. The spelling is presented using word families like “at” as well as specific themes like “racers”. As you work to put the word in, letters are highlighted and you can add them to the word out of sequence. As you touch the letter, it makes the letter sound while you place it. For some more complex letters that go together like “at” they go together as you put the word together. Once you finish the word, you get an animation that demonstrates the word you just spelled as well as definition and a graphic representation. Other times, instead of just spelling the word you get fun mini games like popping balloons before the letters come onto the page, or playing with the cat and giving her a bath. This app targets preschool and early elementary school aged children working on sight words as well as in the more complex levels harder words with word families. Read our full review or download here.


Wonster Words (Pro Edition) Wonster Words (Pro Edition) by 77Sparx Studio, Inc.

Price: $14.99 USD

• Multiple-awards winning app from the maker of Puzzingo Puzzles!
Is your child learning to spell? Is your kid sounding out words with phonics? Does your kid like silly videos? If so, download Wonster.

Yum-Yum Letters by Kindermatica is an app for iOS designed to help children learn capital letter formation by using a step by step teaching method. Children can choose from either a winter snowflake or a summer caterpillar scene. The app uses a step by step method which starts with tracing using dots, then moves to tracing a shape and finally freehand writing the letter. After successfully completing the letter in three ways there is a mini game which provides praise for children. and lets them design a star object with “stickers”. There are two fonts, the Zaner-Bloser (normal handwriting fot) and the HWT font which is better for kids with fine motor challenges. Read our full review or download here.

Yum-Yum Letters: Learn & Trace Yum-Yum Letters: Learn & Trace by Kindermatica Ltd.

Price: $3.99 USD

Worried how your wiggleworm will learn to write his letters? Let a fat juicy caterpillar, smiling snowflake and a fluffy spider teach him. Yum Yum Letters gives kids a gentle introduction to handwriting.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

Nampa Holiday by Nampa Design AB – Review


What we love…

fun app with no rules with a variety of travelling related mini games and no rules just fun!

What we’d love to see…

ability to toss the beach ball and personalize all the vehicles

Summary

Each of the mini games was fun – especially once you made it to the beach on your selected mode of transportation!  Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Our Rating

Nampa Holiday Nampa Holiday by Nampa Design is a universal app for iOS and Android that features a variety of transportation to go on holiday or vacation.  The app starts with the user selecting one of three modes of transportation, an airplane, a bus or train.  Once you choose your mode of transportation – it’s time for the fun to start.  With the airplane you start at the airport where you throttle up to take off – once in the sky watch out for the clouds!  There can be rain, fun objects coming out of them like a parachute or even lightening bolts!  Steering the airplane is done via a finger – and there is a slide that allows you to control how fast or slow you want to move through the air.  Inside the airplane you can also tap on the characters as you whiz through the sky.  If you choose the bus you are brought to a screen where you can choose to paint your bus or simply decorate it with flowers, stars or paint.  Then you are ready to get on the road – you drive the bus using controls at the bottom of the screen and then make strategic stops to pick up your passengers and their luggage.  As you go along you can stop and get fuel (my kids liked the heart fuel which came out of the tailpipe.  With the train you get to choose which way the train goes via a series of junctions and even get to blast the train horn.   My kids loved making the train go through the tunnels and seeing the countryside.  The games are fun interactive and contain nothing scary for younger kids.

This app can be used to practice fine motor – dragging and dropping, language to describe what you are seeing in the scene.  This is a fun app for toddlers and preschoolers and can help pass the time in the car to avoid the dreaded “are we there yet” – as I know many parents can identify with!

Once you reach your destination it’s time to disco!  My kids loved the magical disco ball and then picking the adventure.  Putting on sunscreen, hats and bathing suits was the first game once you got to the beach. Building sandcastles was one of my kids favorite parts especially the molded sand you pulled from buckets.  They built their sandcastle creations – with the crab scuttling along in the background and then decorated them with flags, jewels, shells and stones.  The next mini game involved floating and popping the beach balls.  The banana ride was fun too where three characters sat on the banana and caught the jumps as they flew through the air.  Once the reached the end it was disco time again.   My kids also loved the tube maze where you grabbed a character and dropped them in the tubes to come down to the bottom of the maze.  You had to watch because sometimes they got stuck or even went through the maze twice!  We had fun with this one and I had my kids help me guess where the character might come out.  We also tried the same character over and over to see if they were always going to go the same way – which they did not.

I liked the simplicity of the app – and that my younger son was engaged with it.  He could pick his favorite vehicle and be off for fun!  There is no speech or text for kids to read which means it’s fun with no rules!

In terms of enhancements, I’d love to see a “toss the beach ball” game instead of popping the beach ball.  Although my kids enjoyed it – and creating the spinning characters it was a bit hard for them to complete the first few times.  I’d also like to see the ability to personalize the train and the airplane like we did with the bus.

The app provided hours of entertainment for my kids — especially my toddler who would play for short moments while I needed to attend to other tasks. There are no ads or in app purchases contained within the app.   Each of the mini games was fun – especially once you made it to the beach!  I also love how it made my toddler remind me not to forget to sunscreen him!



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.

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.

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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