If you are looking for family-friendly apps, the developers at Moms With Apps have set out a feast for you this week.
Over in the book section you’ll find an assortment of animated children’s book, featuring everything from classic tales such as the Nutcracker to original stories featuring elephants, monkeys, chefs or little lost aliens.
In Education, kids can be hard at work learning about animals, multiplication and spelling. Older kids can unscramble definitions in the Enchanted Dictionary.
Toca Boca will entertain the young ones with a Christmas Gift. That mirror over there? It will tell you who is the sweetest kid of all.
The younger kids can play matching games with animals while the older kids entertain themselves with Muddle, or learn about The Plague.
Finally, Mom (and Dad!) can browse Apps for Moms and check out the festive wallpapers in iWall Words.
Click on the links to find out more about each app. If you find an app you like, remember to write a review on iTunes. The developers will thank you for it.
– Garry Froehlich | Jellybean Tunes
|The Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree by Oceanhouse Media: With Christmas just around the corner, everyone is helping out. Brother and Sister hang the wreath, Papa trims the branches, and Honey Bear puts the star on top! This festive holiday story is perfect for bedtime, or anytime, and is sure to put your whole family in the Christmas spirit! iPhone and iPad|
|Elmer and Rose by Oceanhouse Media: When Grandpa Eldo asks Elmer and his cousin Wilbur to help a young elephant find her way back to her herd, they get a big shock when they see she is pink! No wonder she is called Rose. As they help Rose find her herd, Elmer and Wilbur learn a valuable lesson about being different and fitting in. iPhone and iPad|
|The Nutcracker Musical Storybook by Mouse King Media: Join Clara and The Nutcracker Prince in a fully animated, Cinematic Storybook Adventure of the Christmas classic, The Nutcracker Ballet, combining original artwork by Yoko Tanaka with full symphonic orchestral excerpts of Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. iPhone and iPad|
|The Adventures of Peter Pan by So Ouat: Designed for ages 3 to 10, this captivating app introduces a new generation to the adventures of Wendy, Peter Pan, and Tinkerbell in an interactive story that will enchant young readers of all skill levels. iPhone and iPad|
|Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake by Oceanhouse Media: The five little monkeys wake up early to bake a surprise birthday cake for Mama. Once the cake is in the oven, they start on Mama’s birthday present. Hilarity ensues as the five little monkeys’ rambunctious activities end up drawing some unexpected (but welcomed) visitors to the house. iPhone and iPad|
|Feed-‘Em Fred (The Chef of Dread) by Digital Leaf: This charming, rhyming story is a delight-a-minute classic for young readers (aged 3 and up). It’s all about a young boy who just won’t eat his fruit and vegetables until he meets a chef with a horrible difference. Full of beautiful illustrations and surprising animations it’s great fun for the whole family with a healthy message at its heart. iPad|
|Alpo finds Alma by Tapisodes Ltd: In this second book from the Alpo series, Alpo embarks on a new adventure with his friend Jimmy. When Alpo hurts his leg, Jimmy puts him in ambulance-pram and drives him to the zoo, where animals can be well looked after. But all the animals at the zoo are too busy to help Alpo. Until Alpo and Jimmy meet a wonderful lady at the ice-cream stall… iPhone and iPad|
|Billy and the Snowman by Ever After Publications: Billy, a little boy, builds a snowman but he is missing one thing – his nose! See what happens when Billy finds the perfect nose for his snowman. A genuinely lovely warm story, full of down-to-earth humor told in rhyme. iPad|
|Liloolee – The Little Lost Alien by Liloolee Enterprises: Liloolee – The Little Lost Alien is an original, heartwarming story that young children will fall in love with. A cute, adorable alien, Liloolee is lost on Earth and is alone until he meets a young girl and her dog. An enjoyable read that makes a great bedtime story. iPhone and iPad|
|Multiplying Acorns HD – Tasty Math Facts by Operatio: Multiplying Acorns takes your children to the market where they’ll multiply, count, solve, and build confidence while earning coins for their efforts! The realistic, physics enabled 3D acorns create an immersive, manipulative-based environment for a thorough conceptual understanding of the times tables. iPad|
|Peek-a-Zoo: It’s Peekaboo at the Zoo by treebetty: Watch your child roar along with the majestic lion, blow bubbles with a swimming polar bear, crow with a proud peacock – these and other magnificent Peek-a-Zoo animals will both entertain and teach your child animal names and sounds in an unforgettable way. iPhone and iPad Lite Version|
|Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 by Pyxwise Software Inc.: Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 teaches English spelling and reading skills by using a powerful combination of phonics lessons, spelling/word patterns, our unique “reverse phonics” approach and contextually relevant spelling rules. It works like a personal spelling coach with every word while teaching students “how to spell” more than 450 new high frequency English words. iPhone and iPad|
|Enchanted Dictionary by Golden Communications LLC: The Enchanted Dictionary is a unique way to learn definitions with a compelling game format. Traditional flash cards focus on simple memorization of vocabulary and definitions. As you play The Enchanted Dictionary you will find yourself focusing on the wording and meaning of the definitions as you build your vocabulary skills. iPad|
|Viewpoints: The Blue Jackal and the Lion by KidsAndBeyond, LLC.: KidsAndBeyond presents the first story in its Viewpoints series: an adaptation of the classic Indian folk tale “The Blue Jackal.” The story of the lonely yet clever Jackal who fools the forest animals into crowning him their king is revamped to give readers the story not only from the jackal’s point of view, but from the hurt and confused lion’s as well! iPad|
|Toca Hair Salon – Christmas Gift by Toca Boca: Cut, color and style Santa Claus beard and hair! In this Christmas edition of the smash hit Toca Hair Salon, you can choose between styling Santa Claus or a funny Christmas tree! And best of all? It’s completely FREE! iPhone and iPad|
|Sweetest Kid by Samuli Viitasaari: A rendition of the classic Snow White scene, Sweetest Kid introduces a very special mirror. Touch the surface and chant: “Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who’s the sweetest kid of all?” – and, with a little magic, your child’s face appears in the reflection – as you know your kid is, after all, the sweetest thing there is. iPhone|
|Noah’s Memory Match by Elevate Entertainment: Can you help Noah matchup the animals before the flood? The story of Noah’s ark will be brought to life in your child’s imagination with five levels of difficulty and two games modes. In addition to building memory skills, Noah’s Memory Match builds language skills with the ability to play in both English and Spanish. iPhone and iPad Android|
|Muddle / Muddle Doodle / Muddle Color by Play This! Studios: Matching… without the boring bits! Muddle brings action to matching games. With the gameboard changing all the time, can you keep up and find as many matches as possible? Multipliers, combos and wildcards all let you rack up massive scores and test your skills against your friends around the world!
Muddle Color for Kids / Muddle Doodle for older kids / Muddle for adults iPhone and Android versions also available.
|The noisy book Games by Europa-Apps: The noisy book Games is an adaptation of the famous international best-seller The noisy book, written by Soledad Bravi. Children love the pictures of The noisy book: animals, common objects, toys, and more… and they love to imitate, sing, shout or whisper its many sounds. Europa-Apps imagined 4 educational games based on the book, to make children laugh and learn at the same time. iPhone and iPad|
|Playing History: The Plague by Serious Games Interactive: In this episode of ‘The Plague’, you go back in time to the 14th century in Florence. This amazing city full of wonder and bizarre characters is stricken by a mysterious disease that medics are just beginning to understand. Explore the city, talk to the people in the city and find out how to prevent your mother from getting worse. All the while, you must be careful not to catch it yourself. Learn about history first hand and relive the past! iPad|
|iWall Words – Holidays and Seasons by Under the Rainbow Media LLC: I love many of the other wallpaper apps on the market today, but the one thing that drives me nuts is that the designs are so complicated that it interferes with finding what I want. It just becomes too much to look at. So I present to you, iWall Words – Holidays and Seasons! This is the first of a collection of wallpapers designed for those who love organization mixed with pretty, fun and clean designs. iPhone and iPad|
|Apps for Moms by Itai Alter: Moms are a force to be reckoned with but even the best multi-tasking moms need a few new tricks in their belt. That’s exactly where Apps for Moms comes in. Developed with a mom’s busy lifestyle in mind, Apps for Moms saves you time by showcasing the most essential utilities, educational, style, fun and educational apps. iPhone|
|Happy Connect by Onelamp Studio: updated with 50 more pictures. iPad|
|Lil Sub by Jill Pestka: new Spell and Learn feature. iPad|
|Photo Table by Paul Solt: Lite version now available. iPhone and iPad|
|SimpleSort by KidsAndBeyond, LLC.: now includes Spanish as well as a holiday category. iPhone iPad|
|Miniville’s The Night Before Christmas by John Jumper: has two new games, new music and more interactive content. iPhone and iPad|
|Jellybean Tunes Holiday Edition by Jellybean Tunes: now create and save your own holiday songs. iPhone and iPad|
|ParisAppTours: Beware Mme la Guillotine, A Revolutionary Tour of Paris by Time Traveler Tours, LLC: has been named a Top 10 2011 App by School Library Journal. iPhone|
|French Word Wizard by Pierre – L’Escapedou: is App of the Week in France! iPhone and iPad|