App Friday: Mixeroo, Ants, and Gunther!

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps.  This week we have a diverse selection of apps, and excitingly, all three developers have decided to go FREE for the day! So enjoy complimentary downloads this Friday February 18th for apps that inspire music, science and stardom!

Mixeroo Mixeroo provides a fun and educational way to explore and experience music by allowing children to hear the individual elements of a song, and change the balance between them. Each instrument is associated with a brightly colored fader that invites them to see what will happen when they take something away or put something back. By giving them a chance to hear the way music is arranged, they are able to begin learning musical ideas like rhythm and melody. One of the main goals while developing Mixeroo was to keep the interface simple so the music would speak for itself.  When I first had the idea for Mixeroo I looked on the app store and everything I saw that was even similar was too complicated or had too many choices for a child to be able to focus. I wanted to be sure that my design was not overstimulating. My wife is a Speech Language Pathologist and enjoys using it with our daughter to teach and reinforce early ideas like color recognition and other basic concepts. Feedback is always welcome at the website http://www.eioapps.com.

The Strange and Wonderful World of AntsThe Strange & Wonderful World of Ants is a quirky and educational children’s book app. It was designed exclusively for iPad by interdisciplinary artist and programmer Amos Latteier, and illustrator Melinda Matson. Its unique adjustable reading level makes it appealing to a wide range of children and adults. Readers can increase the reading level for more detail and challenging vocabulary, or dial it
down for easier reading. The app features beautiful and detailed illustrations, subtle animation, and zooming navigation. Follow E.O. the Ant, the interactive tour guide, as she races about the screen giving an ant’s point of view. The app offers science education with humor and spirit. It’s perfect for young scientists seven and older. Younger readers can enjoy it with a parent. Explore the amazing world of the ants! Check out our Facebook Page for exciting giveaways of the original Ants artwork!

Gunther is a Star  Gunther is a cute, furry, green monster who has big dreams of being a huge star. But he needs your help to get him ready for stardom. His first gig is starring in his very own iPhone app where you and your kids can have fun poking, petting and interacting with Gunther as he reacts to your gestures in real-time. Gunther is the first star from FunFoo, a new mobile startup focused on bringing fun and interactive characters to mobile phones and tablets. These characters are designed to be entertaining (and educational) companions for kids throughout their early stages of growth. To celebrate our debut app on Moms with Apps, Gunther is a Star will be free for 1-week! You can also follow Gunther’s journey to stardom on Twitter at @guntherisastar or on Facebook. AND, if you are interested in being part of the FunFoo Family as an early tester on exciting new apps to come, feel free to fill out our quick profiler: http://bit.ly/funfootester.

What’s in it for me this App Friday, February 18th?

More App News

VOTE! The Cooney Center Prizes for Innovation seek to identify, nurture and scale breakthrough ideas in children’s digital media and learning. Inspired by Educate to Innovate, President Obama’s initiative to promote a renewed focus on science, technology, engineering, and math, the National STEM Video Game Challenge invited developers – from middle school youth to collegiate and professional teams —  to submit proposals and prototypes for games to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth. The Cooney Center is thrilled to have received about 550 applications for the Youth and Developer prizes. Learn more about some of these amazing projects at their public voting page. The last day to vote is Friday February 25th.

SURF! Parents in the Washington DC Area, look out for Pro Surfer Shaun Tomson at the National Zoo on February 19th at 11am. Shaun has recently come out with Surf Creatures for the iPad, which features 26 (A to Z) of the friendly and fierce animals he’s encountered on his numerous ocean adventures. This “eBook Reading” is a first for the National Zoo!

SURF SAFELY! Mobicip, the Safe Internet Browser for your iDevice, is a long standing member of Moms With Apps. To support our App Friday initiative, Mobicip is offering 10% off their premium service this App Friday February 18th. Mobicip.com offers safe Internet & YouTube access on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. To avail the discount, visit www.mobicip.com, click Get Started, and use this discount code – HSX4GP – when prompted. (Thanks Suren – this is great!)

App Friday Link Exchange Our goal at Moms With Apps is to spread the word about family-friendly apps. We also like to know about great deals. Do YOU have some app news to share? If so, please participate in our link exchange and post it down below. Include the app name (& details) in the Link Title, your email, and a URL to the app. Thanks for your participation!

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