App Friday August 18th, 2017

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Enjoy the Dr. Seuss tale “The Sneetches” from Oceanhouse Media, learn language with Spanish Fun Adventure, explore the gastrointestinal system with Mind Your Microbes, and see the lines of communication and travel across the globe in Connected Earth. Plus, resources for the upcoming solar eclipse, and great images of crown shyness in trees.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

The Sneetches – Read & Play – Dr. Seuss
by Oceanhouse Media

The best-selling Dr. Seuss classic “The Sneetches” comes to life with playful interactivity, delightful animations and fun activities!

Spanish Fun Adventure
by Pikala

Spanish Fun Adventure App (SFA) is a tool for kids to learn Spanish through exciting story games. It teaches basic grammar structures, vocabulary, and verbs offering an immersive environment of mysteries and adventures. Complete the entire game to earn a “Diploma de Superaventurero”!

Spanish Fun Adventure
Spanish Fun Adventure
Developer: Pikala
Price: $0.99

Mind Your Microbes
by AppInstitute

Mind Your Microbes is a free app that allows you to explore the Gastrointestinal System and Microbiome. The Human Microbiome is the collective term used to describe the trillions of different microbes (bacteria, viruses, bacteriophages) that reside in and upon all human beings. They are essential for our overall health and well-being, and affect our immune system, digestion, mood, weight, brain activity and many other functions such as defense and immune response.

Mind Your Microbes
Mind Your Microbes
Developer: AppInstitute
Price: Free

Connected Earth
by Celestial Dynamics AG

(Free) Planet Earth is connected by many ways. Experience connectedness from a global perspective. Overlay roads, railways, navigable rivers, shipping lanes and flight routes to find out how we move across the globe. See the relationships between nodes of transport and communication. Activate the internet connection layer to see the submarine cables and how the populated areas of the world interact with each other.

Connected Earth
Connected Earth
Price: Free

Teaching Students About the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

McGraw-Hill Education has put up a short video and links to resources on the solar eclipse happening on August 21st. See more on Medium.

The Phenomenon Of “Crown Shyness” Where Trees Avoid Touching

Here are a couple of amazing images of tree canopies looking like puzzle pieces as they try to avoid touching each other. See more at Currents in Biology.

About App Friday

App Friday highlights new or updated kids educational apps from family-friendly developers. We support independent app makers who design high quality and age appropriate apps with respect for children’s online privacy. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out what’s new in children’s tech. Learn more about App Friday, and how YOU can participate, on the App Friday Info Page. We can’t wait to connect with you!

App Friday August 11th, 2017

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Create 3D models with Sketch 3D (free this Friday), create and play with stuffed toys with Plushie Creator, and fly with McPanda: Super Pilot. Plus, fostering creativity in children, and a class action lawsuit against Disney alleging privacy violations.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Sketch 3D :Model 3D Objects Easily
by Appy Monkeys

Free Friday August 11th

Sketch 3D is a simple way for anyone to build their ideas in 3D. Push, pull and tap to create 3d models such as chairs and cars to more complex organic models like animals, birds and humans.

Sketch 3D :Model 3D Objects Easily
Sketch 3D :Model 3D Objects Easily

Plushie Creator
by Plush Soft OOD

With Plushie Creator your child can fully customize their own plush toy. They can add accessories, change fur length or interact with the toy. The room behind the Plushie is fully interactable, filled with colorful toys and animations.

Plushie Creator
Plushie Creator
Price: $0.99

McPanda: Super Pilot
by wonderkind GmbH

With this app you can fly exciting missions, experience great adventures, and become a real flying hero. Choose one of the super-cool planes and your favorite pilot. Wow, each aircraft has special abilities that help you solve tasks and missions!

McPanda: Super Pilot
McPanda: Super Pilot
Developer: wonderkind GmbH
Price: Free+

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Disney Apps Collect Kids’ Data

“The Walt Disney Co. secretly collects personal information on some of their youngest customers and shares that data illegally with advertisers without parental consent, according to a federal lawsuit filed late last week in California.”

The lawsuit seems to hinge on whether or not Disney’s partners have embedded tracking software in the apps. You can find a list of the apps in question at the Washington Post.

Fostering Creativity in Children

Minilab Studios shares some ideas on how to encourage children to flex and develop their creativity. Read more at Minicab Studios.

Aliens in Our Midst

This one blew my mind (no pun intended). Despite being very different animals, the brain and nervous system of a mammal and an insect basically work the same. That means there is probably only one way to build a brain… or so we thought. Remarkably, there are animals that have evolved a completely different brain chemistry than our own, making them very alien. Read more at Aeon.co.

About App Friday

App Friday highlights new or updated kids educational apps from family-friendly developers. We support independent app makers who design high quality and age appropriate apps with respect for children’s online privacy. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out what’s new in children’s tech. Learn more about App Friday, and how YOU can participate, on the App Friday Info Page. We can’t wait to connect with you!

App Friday August 4th, 2017

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Enjoy a story and sing-a-long with Miniwalla, play a game with Sherman the Alaskan Cow, tell time view the positions of the sun and stars relative to the Earth with the Swiss made Cosmic-Watch, and find some activities to do with babies in Braiby Parenting. Plus, math apps to tune up for back to school, and how making mistakes helps us learn.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Miniwalla the forest story
by Siu lui shirley Choi

Miniwalla is the brand new musical app from award-winning composter Shirley Choi. This app is an educational experience and an interactive e-book. It’s full of sing-a-long songs, curious critters, and amazing adventures.

Miniwalla includes six stories, each teaching lessons about endangered animals, protecting the environment, and how to be a responsible person.

Cosmic-Watch
by Celestial Dynamics AG

Discover the fascinating relation between time and the cosmos. Enjoy this interactive learning tool and understand the concept of the celestial sphere and the apparent movement of the sky.

Cosmic-Watch
Cosmic-Watch
Price: $4.99

Sherman the Alaskan Cow
by MooCow Ink

Sherman the Alaskan Cow is a fun adventure-puzzle game with easy to pick up mechanics for everyone to play. Join Sherman the Alaskan Cow as he makes his way to the evil Moose Corp to save his fellow friends. Help him solve puzzles, and explore hidden areas.

Sherman the Alaskan Cow
Sherman the Alaskan Cow
Developer: MooCow Ink
Price: $0.99

 

Appelsin Stickers – Animals Emoji – Animated
by Appelsin Apps AB

Free for a limited time. This is a collection of animated stickers featuring animal characters in Appelsin Apps games for kids. Stick these awesome emoji stickers on your messages to add a bit more character to your texts.

Note: for use with iMessage.

Sherman the Alaskan Cow
Sherman the Alaskan Cow
Developer: MooCow Ink
Price: $0.99

Braiby: Parenting App

Braiby is a free online tool and app for Moms and Dads. It helps you nurture a baby’s cognitive, emotional & physical development. Learn more at https://braiby.com.

Note: requires email or Facebook login.

Math App Essentials for Back to School

If you are looking to sharpen those math skills before school starts, Teachers With Apps has a fine round up of some of the best math apps on the App Store. See it at Teachers With Apps.

How Making Mistakes Primes Kids To Learn Better

As the father of a child who hates making mistakes (he probably got it from me), I can appreciate this article on how failure can be made to work in our favour. Read more at KQED News. 

About App Friday

App Friday highlights new or updated kids educational apps from family-friendly developers. We support independent app makers who design high quality and age appropriate apps with respect for children’s online privacy. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out what’s new in children’s tech. Learn more about App Friday, and how YOU can participate, on the App Friday Info Page. We can’t wait to connect with you!

App Friday July 28th, 2017

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Ahoiii Entertainment is back with a beautiful new Fiete puzzle app for preschoolers, and Kids17Fun invites kids to learn subtraction visually with eggs. Looking forward to the upcoming solar eclipse? Find out where to view it (and how to view it safely) with the free Totality app. Older kids can puzzle out the anatomy of frogs, worms, fish and humans in Build An Animal. Plus, a selection of podcasts for kids, and a YouTube channel with new arrangements of nursery rhymes.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Fiete Puzzle – Kids Games with Animals
by Ahoiii Entertainment

Fiete Puzzle is anything but an ordinary puzzle. With the help of breathtaking camera movements the children can puzzle themselves into 9 exciting puzzle motifs. They can discover Fiete in gorgeous picture book landscape, in the zoo, on the construction site or on the farm. At each camera stop the litte ones have to recognize where the displayed puzzle parts fit. And after each finished puzzle the children can once again move through the puzzle to interact with the animals and figures.

Subtractions with eggs
by Kids17Fun

Subtractions with Eggs provides a simple way to learn subtraction by regrouping. This app uses hatched birds to help kids understand subtraction, and questions are refreshed dynamically to generate plenty of practice questions.

Subtractions with eggs
Subtractions with eggs
Developer: Red Hong
Price: Free

Totality by Big Kid Science
by Germinate LLC

Want to witness the coast-to-coast solar eclipse of 2017? Totality by Big Kid Science is the free app that will tell you when, where, and what you’ll see on eclipse day.

Totality by Big Kid Science
Totality by Big Kid Science

Build an Animal
by InViVo Communications Inc.

In this gutsy educational game learn about the human body’s major organ systems. Supplement in-class lessons and learn about frog, worm and trout anatomy without the mess. Master the systems. Beat the clock. Climb to the top of the leader board. Have fun learning about biology!

Build an Animal
Build an Animal

20 Podcasts for Kids

Common Sense Media rounded up a list of audio podcasts from stories to children’s music to explanations of science. See More at Common Sense Media.

ItsyBitsyKids

ItsyBitsyKids is a YouTube channel with different takes on classic children’s songs and some lovely animation (although they do run ads on their videos). They release a new song every second Wednesday. See more on YouTube.

About App Friday

App Friday highlights new or updated kids educational apps from family-friendly developers. We support independent app makers who design high quality and age appropriate apps with respect for children’s online privacy. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out what’s new in children’s tech. Learn more about App Friday, and how YOU can participate, on the App Friday Info Page. We can’t wait to connect with you!

App Friday July 21st, 2017

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This week explore, build a community, but respect the forest with Grow Forest, have your kids keep a record of their summer travels with My Journey Journal, get a discount on subscriptions in the math focused Smartick Method, and have some silly fun with Call Lulu Lamb.

Plus, Toca Boca at Target stores, tips for using apps for summer learning, and a flyover of Pluto!

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Grow Forest
by Gro Play

GROW FOREST is a city builder game and a mini game collection, in which children develop a wonderful, healthy forest community and learn about environmental topics in an entertaining way. The app is free to download with a one time in-app purchase to unlock the full version.

Grow Forest
Grow Forest
Developer: Gro Play
Price: Free+

My Journey Journal
by Art Stories

Long journeys and short journeys, close to home or to the other side of the world: with My Journey Journal, even a short walk becomes an adventure. Observe, explore, document: the app accompanies you to and suggests different activities to be done in various environments – around the city, at the seaside, at the museum. Follow the trail and document your exploration with photos, drawings and sounds: that way, you can save your travel journal and remember all your adventures! Video

My Journey Journal
My Journey Journal
Developer: Art Stories srl
Price: $1.99

Smartick Method
by Smartick

Smartick is an online math learning method that uses the latest Artificial Intelligence to adapt to your child’s learning style. Based on a daily 15-minute session, your child progresses at his or her own pace, building self-confidence, avoiding frustration, and developing a positive attitude towards math.

Until July 31, get a discount on subscriptions to Smartick. Details are on their website.

Smartick - Math for children
Smartick - Math for children
Developer: Smartick
Price: Free+

Call Lulu Lamb
by Appelsin Apps

Talk to Lulu Lamb who repeats what you say. It is a fun voice recording app for kids! Totally free and no ads and no in-app purchases. Video

Toca Boca Jumps into the Clothing Market

Toca Boca is launching a line of clothing, backpacks and back to school accessories at Target stores starting July 17th. Interestingly it sounds like the line will be non gender specific, and some items will include codes to download Toca Boca apps.  See more at TocaBoca.

5 Tips For Using Apps For Summer Learning

Lorraine at Moms with Apps (also the host of App Friday), give tips on finding, organizing, and using educational apps, plus how to ask developers for promo codes. Yes, independent developers really do appreciate reviews. See them at Moms With Apps.

Fly Over Pluto and Charon

NASA has put together an amazing video of what it would be like to fly over the craters and nitrogen ice plains of Pluto, and its moon Charon. See it at NASA.

About App Friday

App Friday highlights new or updated kids educational apps from family-friendly developers. We support independent app makers who design high quality and age appropriate apps with respect for children’s online privacy. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out what’s new in children’s tech. Learn more about App Friday, and how YOU can participate, on the App Friday Info Page. We can’t wait to connect with you!

5 Tips For Using Apps For Summer Learning

Hi folks! It’s our midsummer break for App Friday and our newsletter editor will be back next week (July 21st) with more family-friendly apps. Meanwhile, we thought we’d use the time to share tips about using apps for summer learning to help kids get ready for back to school. If you have more tips, feel free to share them in comments. Happy summer!

1. Organize apps on your device by educational category

Whether you subcategorize apps into folders, or dedicate screens for certain types of apps (i.e., math, science, language arts and creative expression), getting organized is a great way to take inventory of your educational content. How many apps do you have for math versus puzzles? Do you have old apps that kids have outgrown that can be deleted to make space for new apps? Take a few minutes to press, hold and shuffle those app icons into clear educational resources at your fingertips.

2. Set a consistent learning time routine

Set up a regular time for summer learning. Consistency and predictability helps ensure a smooth implementation for screen time because kids know what to expect and when to put down the device. What amount of app learning time sounds right for your family? Refer to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines or Common Sense Media for recommendations on screen time limits according to age.

3. Have kids show and tell what they’ve learned

Interaction and coplay are helpful to keep kids talking, expressive and engaged. Let kids demo the apps they are about to play. How does it work? Can I try it too? Have them show you how they solve the problems, or what they create. Or, hold a family contest for completing the “apptivity” – whatever it may be. Learning can be fun when families take an active role to be involved.

4. Use App Friday to find new apps

There are plenty of creatively themed educational apps to boost summer learning. Low on ideas for what to download? Browse the App Friday archives (our past blog posts and newsletters) for a variety of suggestions. Prefer email? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to view a new list of apps each week.

5. Request a promo code (to try an app for free) from the developers

Want to try an app and test it out before you purchase it? Approach the developer for a promo code. Let them know you’ll tell your friends or leave an iTunes review if you like the app. If they are a small company, they may really appreciate your word of mouth marketing. Most app makers have a contact email on their website, in their app store description, or can be reached through social media accounts. Get in touch – it never hurts to ask!

Lorraine Akemann | Co-Founder and Editor | Moms With Apps

 

App Friday July 7th, 2017

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Edoki Academy invites preschoolers to learn with their new comprehensive Montessori Preschool, and Fairlady Media offers up some fun learning and a chance to relive the fireworks celebration with Grandma’s Beach Fun. Zap Zap Kindergarten Math teaches addition, measurement and more, and Money Up (updated with Spanish) teaches about the use of money. Plus, what do the Girl Scouts have to do with cybersecurity, and who doesn’t love a crazy good children’s book app? 

We’ll be away next week, but App Friday will return July 21.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Montessori Preschool
by EDOKI ACADEMY

An enchanting and engaging sandbox app that children will love to spend time in. It includes a cafeteria, restrooms, a garden, a playground…and lots of fundamental learning! Children will love the new games added regularly. Parents will love the one glimpse reporting page and the monthly activity to do at home that is included in their subscription!

Montessori Preschool
Montessori Preschool
Developer: EDOKI ACADEMY
Price: Free+

Grandma’s Beach Fun
by Fairlady Media

Join Grandma for fun in the sun! Choose rhyming words to cause airplane acrobatics, match up items under the umbrellas, go waterskiing with Grandpa, solve some coconut math, create crazy beach art, find words in a puzzle, discover wildlife in a tide pool, and finish the day by creating a spectacular fireworks show! Along the way you’ll learn about beach wildlife and water sports. Ages 5-9.

Grandma's Beach Fun
Grandma's Beach Fun
Developer: Fairlady Media
Price: $2.99

Zap Zap Kindergarten Math
by Visual Math Interactive Sdn. Bhd.

Perfect for children aged 3-6, Zap Zap Kindergarten Math is a fast-paced math game that introduces them to the essential foundations of mathematics, namely addition and subtraction, place value, measurement and data, and so much more!

Money Up! – Build Life Skills
by  pkclSoft

Money Up now supports the Spanish language! Looking for an ACCESSIBLE app to teach or reinforce how to use money in real life situations? Money Up is the perfect app for children learning to handle money, kids, teens and adults with developmental disabilities as well as for therapists who work with stroke survivors, those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, and more.

Money Up! - Build Life Skills
Money Up! - Build Life Skills
Developer: pkclSoft
Price: $15.99

The Girl Scouts Just Created Cybersecurity Badges

Palo Alto Networks is teaming up with the Girl Scouts to promote coding, privacy and security. Sounds like a great idea. Here’s the press releaseRead more at fatherly.com.

Who doesn’t love a crazy good children’s book app?

Teachers with apps has a list of 10 quality book apps to share with your child. As usual, I agree with their choices. Read more at teacherswithapps.com.

About App Friday

App Friday highlights new or updated kids educational apps from family-friendly developers. We support independent app makers who design high quality and age appropriate apps with respect for children’s online privacy. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out what’s new in children’s tech. Learn more about App Friday, and how YOU can participate, on the App Friday Info Page. We can’t wait to connect with you!

App Friday June 30th, 2017

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Count with Lonely Beast (free this Friday), learn about weather with the children’s book Rudi Rainbow, create candy (but clean up afterwards) with Mobo Candy Maker, get math tutoring through you phone or tablet with MathElf, and play with classic literature with WordWhile. Plus, gender stereotypes in movies and television, and an incredible image of sleeping whales.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

The Lonely Beast 123
by Pilcrow

Free (regularly 1.99). Every day, The Lonely Beast counts everything in his house, from rubber duckies to delicious cakes and shooting stars. Join him as he waters his garden, reads books, cooks eggs and more. This app is a great way to help little beasts learn about the magic of numbers and counting – all the way from 1 to 12.

Rudi Rainbow
by Hello, November GbR

“Rudi Rainbow and the lost colors” is a children’s book teaching kids aged 5 and older about the weather and space. It consists of 40 interactive scenes with 14 fun characters, 6 educational parts and 6 mini games. Can you make Rudi colorful again?

Mobo Candy Maker
by Mobo Kids

Making the most delicious candy in the world while learning? Now it’s possible! Mobo Candy Maker has been designed to entertain and educate kids. They create colorful candy for guests such as Mr Dog or Hungry Pig. Create your own candy in three unique locations: Idyllic Beach, The Amazing Amusement Park, The Fit Park. Learn how to create different shapes and colors. Make a crazy mess and then clean it up too.

Mobo Candy Maker
Mobo Candy Maker
Developer: Mobo Kids
Price: $0.99

Math Tutoring and Homework Help
by MathElf

With MathElf, students everywhere connect with the most effective tutors in the country the moment they need help. Our tutors provide a safe and enriching learning environment, personally connecting with students and providing an opportunity for curiosity and the natural love of learning to thrive.

We have taken everything that was magical about in-home tutoring and made it available to students at a fraction of the cost and without all of the hassles of scheduling and minimum commitments. MathElf is changing the way families think about tutoring and proving that the highest quality tutoring can be accessible, affordable, and convenient.

WordWhile
by Studio Goojaji

In WordWhile, as excerpts from classics of poetry and prose scroll by, you fill in the blanks by choosing between the author’s word and another selected from a large and lovingly hand-picked set. Accurate or novel: either way you win! Novel choices can be Silly or Tricky. As you tap, tweak and titter away, you may come to learn a number of these gems by heart. For ages 9-11.

WordWhile
WordWhile
Developer: Gregory McDonald
Price: $0.99

Gender Stereotypes and Media

Common Sense Media looked at gender stereotypes in movies and television and how they affect children’s views of the world. You have to sign in the see the full report, but there’s a video, infographic, and blog post with highlights. While the results may not be surprising, it is easy to forget and fall into stereotypes, even when creating apps, and it’s good to remind ourselves about the issue. See more at Common Sense Media.

Amazing Image of Sleeping Whales

Sperm whales sleep by taking short naps, vertically. A giant creature seemingly suspended in the ocean makes for quite the visual, especially when there are several of them, looking something like an ancient stone circle. See it at kotke.org.

About App Friday

App Friday highlights new or updated kids educational apps from family-friendly developers. We support independent app makers who design high quality and age appropriate apps with respect for children’s online privacy. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out what’s new in children’s tech. Learn more about App Friday, and how YOU can participate, on the App Friday Info Page. We can’t wait to connect with you!

App Friday June 23rd, 2017

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Experiment with Toca Lab: Plants, build school readiness with Preschool Puzzle Town from Highlights, dig up dinosaur bones with Dinosaur Fossils, and relax and doodle with the free Sensory Painting. Plus, Kids Academy, two-headed flatworms in space, and a new interactive kids’ video from Netflix.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Toca Lab: Plants
by Toca Boca AB

Experiment with plant characters, evolve them into new species and discover their unique personalities. Keep collecting plants until you’ve collected them all! The world of science just got a little bit weirder and a lot more fun with Toca Lab: Plants!

Toca Lab: Plants
Toca Lab: Plants
Developer: Toca Boca AB
Price: $2.99

Preschool Puzzle Town
by Highlights for Children, Inc.

Highlights Preschool Puzzle Town is a vibrant interactive town full of puzzles and activities for children ages 3+ where kids build school-readiness skills by playing their favorite puzzles!

Dinosaur Fossils – History for kids
by Abécédaire

Great fun for junior paleontologists to dig-up dinosaur bones and assemble their skeletons.

Game includes:
– 12 dinosaurs to assemble
– Dinosaur history timeline – Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous
– World map of dinosaur fossils

Kids Academy – preschool learning games for kids
by Kids Academy Co

Prepare your kid for success in preschool and beyond with our complete learning course for AGES 2 to 6. Set off your budding whiz on a twisted adventure with a thousand interactive games, videos, and off-screen activities!

Sensory Painting
by Sensory Apps Ltd

Sensory Painting is a simple to use, touch painting app that lets anyone make attractive but unusual patterned paintings and drawings. It is a fun way to explore and learn about symmetry, color, and pattern effects through touch. Produce mirror effects using tubes, fans, solids and lines, and add a touch of crazy animation once finished.

Sensory Painting
Sensory Painting
Developer: Sensory Apps Ltd
Price: Free

Netflix rolls out children’s interactive storytelling content

Netflix is experimenting with a choose-your-own-adventure style of show called “Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale.” I’m not sure it will take off when you take into account all the interactive content already available on tablets, but it is interesting. Read more at mobilesyrup.com

Flatworm Travels to Space With One Head, Comes Back With Two

The headline on this says it all. A flatworm reacted to being in microgravity by growing two heads. Read more at blogs.discovermagazine.com.

About App Friday

App Friday highlights kids’ educational apps from family-friendly developers. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out what’s new in children’s tech. Learn more about App Friday, and how YOU can participate, on the App Friday Info Page. We can’t wait to connect with you!

App Friday June 16th, 2017

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Design fantastic creators with Creature Garden from Tinybop, engage some emotional intelligence with the story of Elliot Foxely, and enjoy playtime with Peekaboo Moona and Playtime in Appelsin Town. Plus, science lab apps, playful living, and why reading the same book over and over again isn’t such a bad thing.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Creature Garden
by Tinybop

Create wonderful, incredible, fantastical creatures. Give them hooves and horns, wings and beaks, or paws and claws. Play with your creatures in a wild garden of your own creation. Cross two creatures to see what new breeds you can make. Create, experiment, and play!

Creature Garden by Tinybop
Creature Garden by Tinybop
Developer: Tinybop Inc.
Price: $2.99

Peekaboo Moona
by Moona Group

Peekaboo Moona introduces your toddlers to fruits, veggies, farm animals, people of different professions, brave heroes, dinosaurs, means of transportation and colors. The app uses the game of peek-a-boo to help kids to learn a dozen new words. There are multiple narrator possibilities in English, Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Japanese.

Elliot Foxley
by Stavros Yiannoukas

Elliot Foxley is a classic coming-of-age story, and while the original music and charming voice-over bring the story to life, it is the beautiful, handcrafted water-colour illustrations that will transport your children back to the stories of your childhood.

Elliot Foxley
Elliot Foxley
Price: $3.99

PlayTime in Appelsin Town
by Appelsin Apps AB

Welcome to play in Appelsin Town where you can visit different animals and have a picnic, decorate your own cupcakes and plant and harvest carrots among other fun things. Fun learning games for kids where you learn how to grow vegetables and recognize different food, animals, colors and sounds in an entertaining way.

Virtual Labs: Digitalizing Science Labs

For older kids, the Learning Games Lab at New Mexico State University produces apps that introduce topics like using a microscope, gram staining, the pH scale, etc., all for free. Read more at Teachers with Apps.

Why Reading the Same Book Repeatedly Is Good for Kids
(Even If It Drives You Nuts)

Every child has their favourite stories, and apparently that’s a good thing. Read more at readbrightly.com.

Developmental Play and Learning

“Our goal is to help you get the most out of apps, toys, and games to facilitate development and learning through playful-living.”  Playful Living is a relatively new site with good posts about apps and toys. It is worth a look. Read more at playful-living.com.

About App Friday

App Friday highlights kids’ educational apps from family-friendly developers. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out what’s new in children’s tech. Learn more about App Friday, and how YOU can participate, on the App Friday Info Page. We can’t wait to connect with you!