App Friday: June 17th Jamboree

by Moms With Apps on June 16, 2011

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. We are approaching our “summer sendoff” at a feverish pitch! With so many World’s Greatest Dad Developers on board at Moms With Apps, it’s no surprise that our app selection for Father’s Day may blow you away. Shop now while the sales are on, because these doors are-a-closin’ for July.

Stack the Countries makes learning about the world fun!  As you learn country capitals, landmarks, geographic locations and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated countries anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of countries that reaches the checkered line to win each level.  Includes 192 country flash cards.

1 – 100 Find & Match Numbers – Sharks- Find and Match Numbers is an application designed for early childhood and preschool development which helps to teach children number names from 1 to 100 and challenges them to search, identify and match the numbers. The “Sharks” theme incorporates an oceanic setting with hungry sharks eager to eat matching numbers. The numbers are accompanied by various types of food your child can feed to the sharks. What’s special about this app is while many apps focus on counting and numbers, the majority tend to focus on the introductory concepts geared for younger children (ie, numbers 1 through 10 or 1 through 20) leaving a gap for children who have mastered that range and are ready for subsequent challenges. With 1 – 100 (Find & Match Numbers – Sharks) children will learn through interactive discovery and matching of number characters and names ranging from 1 to 100. The app is designed for kindergarten aged children (4,5,6) and offers 5 distinct modes of play which focus on specific number ranges plus a mode for a mix of all numbers between 1 and 100. There is also a teach assist mode which can be turned on in the parental settings menu which gives visual hints to help the children learn unfamiliar numbers.

Alphabet Letter & Number Sequencing – Space Aliens, is an application designed for early childhood development which helps to teach children alphabet letter and number  (ABC and 123) sequencing and challenges them to search, identify and complete three character sequencing puzzles. The “Space Aliens” theme incorporates an outer space setting with various space aliens who need to be matched with a corresponding rocket ship to blast off into outer space. The letters and numbers are associated with a friendly space alien your child place into the rocket ship. What’s special about this app is that it emphasizes the comprehension of alphabet and number sequencing which is one step beyond the memorization stage. This app is a universal app and it’s designed for kindergarten aged children (ages 4,5,6).

What am I – Riddles for Kids is an interactive game created by a mom and dad team of teacher and programmer. The game presents rhyming riddles to kids giving them clues for a character. Guessing the character takes the kid to character’s interactive world. Each character has a unique game or challenge for the kid which is fun as well as educational. The free version comes with 6 characters. You can upgrade to premium to get 14 more characters via in-app purchase.

A Very Busy Week- Another fun book by popular Children’s Author Jane Hague. “A Very Busy Week” is a fun interactive story about a week at Number Town Doctors Surgery and focusses on counting and simple addition. This lively children’s book  incorporates interactive features including sound effects on each page, interactive town map, and a counting practice pad featuring all the residents of Number Town. Identifying numbers and counting are important early learning skills. Stories from Number Town represents each number in a pictorial way that young children find easy to understand. “A Very Busy Week” focuses on the number six represented by number character Nurse Trixie Six, in this book the number 6 is cleverly hidden on each illustration for your child to find. A Very Busy Week is currently featured in Books > Whats Hot.

The Wrong Side of the Bed 3D and The Three Pandas – two animation-rich storybooks from See Here Studios (link http://www.seeherestudios.com). Our first storybook app, “The Wrong Side of the Bed 3D,” was named one of the best iPad children’s book by Kirkus Reviews and earned a coveted Kirkus Star. It follows the misadventures of Little Mott, who wakes up on the wrong side of the bed – literally! It can be read in either 2D or 3D (using red/cyan 3D glasses). Our newest book, “The Three Pandas,” offers a delightful take on The Three Bears fable, replacing brown bears with panda bears and transplanting the tale to a bamboo forest. It has earned accolades for it’s innovative use of animation and enchanting musical soundtrack. It also includes a Chinese language version and Record Your Own Voice feature. Both books incorporate interactive touch spots – tickle the characters to see them move! – as well as Read to Me audio narration and Auto-play. They are Universal Apps that can be used on both the iPad & iPhone. Both books will be on sale through Sunday! As a special for Father’s Day, we’re also raffling off an iTunes Gift Card – entry details at our Facebook page (link http://facebook.com/seeherestudios).

Be Confident in Who You Areis based on Book 1 of the award-winning Middle School Confidential™ series written by t(w)een expert Annie Fox, illustrated by Matt Kindt, and published by Free Spirit Publishing. Developed by Electric Eggplant, this popular graphic novel app enables readers to zoom right into the story world with beautiful full-color illustrations and richly layered audio made of movie-like sound effects and music. Be Confident has been scoring big-time with app reviewers and 8-14 year olds (even kids who don’t like to read!). Bonus for parents and teachers: this app puts thought-provoking entertainment and solutions into the hands of t(w)eens who deal with these personal issues every day. It’s likely to challenge them to think about their emotions and behavior in new ways and encourage more respectful, cooperative choices at school and at home.

Play Phone is an educational app for your toddler that lets him/her learn about colors, alphabets, numbers, vehicles and identify who is who in the family. Identifying someone in the family screen is highly customizable and that makes this app unique. You can use the pictures from your album or use the camera of your device to take pictures of your family members and use them in the app right away. You can also record your own voice to quiz your child to identify the picture.

A Journal for Trip Boss travel manager - Keep memories, thoughts, and details of your trips. Multiple authors makes a fun way to record family travel memories from all family members. Business travelers can use Journal for documenting details for trip reports for the boss. Add photos. Note weather. Get location. Choose your font, enter text in landscape or portrait orientation. Insert time stamp, type hearts, smilies, and other symbols. Journals organized by trip, and entries organized in stylish table of contents. Share complete journals, or just entries, or just photos, by emailing or printing. Facebook support is coming soon (readying for submission). With the pending update, you will be able to upload your journal entry and its photos to Facebook in just one click! Great way to share your trip with all your friends. All Trip Boss modules are designed to work together with other modules, sharing information, such as places, and eliminating double entry of data, something you can’t do with separate travel apps. “A Journal for Trip Boss” has additional modules available for in-app purchase: Travel Expenses & Budgets, Currency Converter, Tip Calculator, and an Itinerary Manager. 

What’s in it for me this App Friday, June 17th?

 

*IAP = In App Purchase

Note: These prices are applicable on Friday June 17th until 8pm US Pacific Time. After the promotion is over, apps revert back to regular pricing on the iTunes App Store, unless the developers choose to extend the promotion beyond Friday.

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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Lesley Taylor June 17, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Thanks again….I added them to my blog:
http://bestappsforkids.com/2011/06/free-app-friday/

Hope to see more free app fridays coming!
Lesley

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