App Friday May 12th, 2017

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This week sharpen number sense in a fairy tale setting with Fuzzy Numbers, experience letters with Magic Spell – ABC, practice writing letters and numbers with Scribble Cards, and ride along with Baby Truck. Plus, STEM apps your kids will love, and families bonding over… Pokémon Go.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Fuzzy Numbers: Pre-K Number Foundation
by Cognitive ToyBox, Inc.

Fuzzy Numbers provides a fairy tale setting for children to practice foundational early math skills. Your child will love exploring Princess Poodle’s castle, Prince Frog’s beanstalk, Witch Cat’s potion school, and Pirate Whale’s treasure cove. Each scene is designed to help your child exercise his or her intuitive sense of quantity, or “number sense”.

Magic Spell – ABC
by The J

Explore space as an astronaut or fly away on a broomstick in our magical world of ABC. With creative illustrations and engaging sounds, kids can enjoy the fantastic adventure of role-playing by easily combining their face with 26 different characters that represent each letter of the alphabet.

Magic Spell - ABC
Magic Spell - ABC
Developer: The J
Price: $0.99

Scribble Cards
by AlphaDogWare

Is your child ready to learn to write? Try ScribbleCards with handwriting recognition to help children increase hand-eye coordination, writing skills and get a head start for school!

Scribble Cards
Scribble Cards
Developer: Will Summers
Price: $1.99

Baby Truck
by Appelsin Apps AB

Baby Truck is an entertaining and educational vehicle game for young children that will help them recognize numbers, vehicles, sounds and colors in a fun way.

STEM Apps Your Kids Will Love

These apps lean more towards logic and coding, but they’re all good quality and worth a look. Read More at Techwalla.

Families and Pokémon GO

Yes, someone took the time to study families playing Pokémon Go, and surprisingly found a number of positive effects. Imagine this technology being used for an educational game. Read More at LSE.

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 May 5th, 2017

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Color pages and design fashions with Pippapips, solve number puzzles with 123 Awesome Park, help students understand those with disabilities with the comic book Slam Dunk! Home Run!, and learn the “make ten” principle with Two Stars. Plus, discover ways parents can tame their device use, and check out inexpensive Windows laptops for education.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Pippapips
by Pippapips Limited

Pippapips is a fashion coloring app that makes your designs come to life. Print – color – scan our free coloring pages from http://www.pippapips.com. Play dress up in the Pippapips App or in Augmented Reality with your own designs! If you don’t have a printer try our in app digital coloring!

Pippapips
Pippapips
Price: Free

123 Awesome Park
by Papumba

One day, Lio sets out on an adventure in a neighborhood park and finds a mysterious lost egg. He enlists the help of his best friends Emma and David to get it back. They need your child to solve the mysteries that help them return the egg! Join Lio and his friends as they explore the park, solving number puzzles and having adventures along the way.

123 Awesome Park - Learn the Numbers
123 Awesome Park - Learn the Numbers

Slam Dunk! Home Run!
by Augusta University

Designed and developed by Augusta University’s Department of Technology Enhanced Learning and Innovation and The College of Education, SLAM DUNK! HOME RUN! is an interactive comic designed to help teachers and students better understand students  in their class who may have disabilities and more specifically understanding that in a physical education setting.  This comic contains English, Chinese and Spanish translations.

Slam Dunk! Home Run!
Slam Dunk! Home Run!
Price: Free

Two Stars Plus – combine number stars to make tens
by Two Pilots doo

Two Stars is a highly explosive math game that train speed in addition. You have to combine number stars to make sums of 10. “Make Ten” is a basic principle for addition within 100. For example: 8+7. How many more are needed to make 10? 2! If the 2 is taken from the 7, how many are left over? 5! So, 8+7 is 10+5, or 15. This principle is also used for addition of bigger numbers, such as 38+7. Two Stars lets you develop this key strategy in addition.

3 Ways Parents Can Tame Their Device Use

While we love apps, we also recognize that screens have their time and place just like anything else. Here’s a quick video with common sense (pun intended) times to put the device away. See it at Common Sense Media.

Microsoft Promises Inexpensive Laptops for the Education Market

Responding to the success of Chromebooks, Microsoft has announced that laptops running their Windows 10 S software will sell for as little as $189 and include Minecraft Education Edition and free Office 365 access for students and teachers. Read more at TechCrunch.

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 April 28th, 2017

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Explore the solar system with Lipa Planets, count and add with Math Tales Ocean, and create a pirate tale with Arthur’s Story Maker. Plus Animal World, Shingu’s Journey, and Apple Clips in the classroom.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Lipa Planets: Gods of the Solar System
by Lipa Learning

In this stellar interactive book, kids join Skipper the space dog as he explores our solar system and learns how the planets got their names!

Math Tales Ocean: stories and games for kids
by Marshmallow Games

Every year the Oceanics are held in the ocean: fantastic Olympic Games… underwater! They need your help getting everything ready for the competitions. Follow the rhyme and help count, add and reorder.

Shingu’s Journey
by The Sheeping Company

An adventure for kids in which parents have a specific mission to complete. Kids are collecting badges playing shape-building games (increasing level of difficulty) and parents are responsible for these badges to be kept safe (outside of the game).

Animal World – Animal Sounds For Kids
by Papumba

Your little one will explore the sounds and characteristics of more than 80 animals through an interactive experience centered around eight themes (ranging from the jungle, to the ocean, to farms) and high-quality animations. They can even test their knowledge with stress-free and fun Trivia, Memo-Test, and Match-it mini-games, too!

Arthur’s Story Maker: Pirates
by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Ahoy, matey! Arthur is writing a story about pirates and wants you to be his co-author. Tap into your imagination as you create and watch your own epic pirate adventure unfold.

5 Ways to Use Apple Clips in the Classroom

Apple recently released a simple video editing app called Clips, with some nice features such as automatically being able to translate voice into text, and it plays nicely to the strength of the iPad – as a portable computer capable to easily taking videos. Read more at ictevangelist.com.

A View of Earth from Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured an amazing image of Earth seen through the rings of Saturn. Also check out this image of Earth from Saturn from four years ago. The Cassini mission has been ongoing for over a decade (see some more great images) and will end in September.

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 April 21st, 2017

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Follow the migration of a baby whale in Mother Grey and Little Blue, learn mandarin with HelloChinese, read the story of the 3 Billy Goats Gruff, and play the Egg Match Game (free this weekend). Plus, the hottest edtech of 2017, Sesame Street partners with WriteReader, and a new review of Money Up.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Mother Gray and Little Blue
by Oken Studios

Mother Gray and Little Blue is an interactive story app about a baby Gray whale, called Little Blue, and his long migration from California to the Arctic Ocean with his mother.  The app has been carefully designed not only to be engaging but also to help improve the reading skills of children.

HelloChinese
by HelloChinese

HelloChinese is a game-based Chinese language learning app. In addition to containing over 200 bite-sized lessons made of numerous exercises aimed at developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, unique speaking features help to correct pronunciation and simulate real conversations. HelloChinese makes learning Chinese both incredibly fun and wondrously easy!

Pocket Charts! Egg Match Game
by Good Neighbor Press, Inc.

Sweet, colorful matching game. Teach visual discrimination using colorful eggs. Developed for the iPad, this Easter-egg-themed game will teach and reinforce discrimination and memory skills. Game play is based on the popular pocket charts used in classrooms around the world. Egg Match requires 3-5 minutes for a young learner to complete, making this iPad app ideal for students with short attention spans or those requiring highly visual or tactile learning experiences.Free through April 25th.

TaleThings: 3 Goats and a Troll (Story Book)
by Possibly Pixels

A humorous retelling of the classic Norwegian fairy tale, 3 Billy Goats Gruff, where 3 brother goats have to outsmart a grumpy troll that is guarding a bridge. Ages 2-4 can marvel at the illustrations, play around with the interactive animations and effects, and listen to the story being told to them by the narrator, their parents or a teacher. Ages 4-7, who are learning to read, can try to follow along with the narrator through our word highlighting feature. Ages 7+ can try to read by themselves, or even try out different combinations of voice and text in multiple languages. Ideal for multilingual households.

Sesame Street and WriteReader partner to improve childhood literacy

WriteReader, an online educational tool for writing and story creation for schools, has partnered with Sesame Street to allow the use of their characters within the tool. Read more at writereader.com.

The Hottest Edtech of 2017

This is a huge list of 82 educational resources, both apps and otherwise. Read more at tutora.co.uk.

Money Up Review

Money Up by pkclSoft is an app for kids for learning how to count and handle money. I always thought it deserved more attention, so it’s great to see a new review. Read more at teacherswithapps.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!

Raise Environmental Awareness with 5 Apps for Earth Day

America’s first Earth Day was celebrated in April 1970 to raise environmental awareness in both politics and the media. Earth Day is now in its 47th year with events that extend around the globe. Respecting, appreciating and preserving our environment is a goal with universal appeal. Here are some app ideas to raise our environmental awareness all year long.

Get outdoors with Recreation.gov

Enjoy the great outdoors by making plans to explore our national parks and federal lands. Recreation.gov is the website and app that make putting trips together a breeze. Enter a destination, and then search for nearby campgrounds, forests and national monuments.

Use a scheduling app for local public transportation

Heading to a city? Is it possible to take the bus, train or subway? Find out quickly with an app that supports your nearest public transportation service. In the Bay Area, we use Caltrain to get to and from San Francisco. I found this Caltrain scheduling app with a quick search on iTunes. Now I can plan transportation quickly and easily.

CaltrainMe
CaltrainMe
Price: Free+

Plant a garden with Montessori Nature

For some educational gaming fun, check out Montessori Nature by Edoki Academy. Plant, nurture, and grow a virtual garden while managing resources in the Montessori Nature digital ecosystem. Seeing your own seeds sprout online may encourage little gardeners to plant their own food sources!

Montessori Nature
Montessori Nature
Developer: EDOKI ACADEMY
Price: $2.99

Understand your recycling options

Search the name of your local recycling center on iTunes to see if they have an app. Recology is the recycling center for my neighborhood, and their app displays a recycling calendar for each service area, plus solutions for recycling different types of items. Approach zero waste by learning about strategies for recycling, reducing and reusing our resources.

Recology
Recology
Developer: Recology
Price: Free

Eat from sustainable food sources with Seafood Watch

Are you an ocean lover? Me too! Seafood Watch by the Monterey Bay Aquarium educates consumers about seafood that is fished or farmed in sustainable ways. Use the app to avoid choices that contribute to overfishing and pollution. Make choices that preserve the environment for us and for future generations.

Seafood Watch
Seafood Watch
Price: Free

 

Do you have more app ideas for boosting our environmental stewardship? If so, send them along!

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

Photo credit [Flickr creative commons]

App Friday April 14th, 2017

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Enjoy the Mother Goose Club from StoryToys, find Easter eggs with Fiete, put together animated jigsaws with Number Puzzles from Scott Adelman, brave bedtime with the first story in Love Laugh Read Children’s Books, and practice speech sounds with Boo Articulation Helper. Plus, the New York Times’ list of apps and games for kids on the go, and can doodling be good for you?

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Mother Goose Club: Kids & Baby Video, Books, Games
by StoryToys

Turn screen time into learning time with Mother Goose Club! Our award winning content is beloved by preschoolers, parents and teachers worldwide. Using song, rhyme, play and dance, Mother Goose Club’s characters – Baa Baa Sheep, Eep the Mouse, Little Bo Peep, Jack B. Nimble, Mary Quite Contrary and Teddy Bear – bring preschool to the world and promote early literacy, mathematics, and more! Video

Fiete Hide and Seek
by Ahoiii Entertainment

Let´s seek Easter eggs with sailor Fiete. Fiete has hidden. Can you find him? Travel to enchanted forests, colorful jungles or rocky stone deserts, and tempt Fiete out of his hideout. On the journey through colorful landscapes kids will find cute animals like cats, rascals, little tigers and, of course, Easter eggs. Video

Fiete Hide and Seek
Fiete Hide and Seek
Price: $2.99

Number Puzzles for Kids: Counting Games
by Scott Adelman Apps

Kids learning to count will love these cute ocean-themed animated jigsaw puzzles! Put together the puzzle and the scene comes to life. The animals move and dance while children can “pop” numbers that fall from the sky for a ton of interactive fun.

Love Laugh Read Children’s Books
by Love Laugh Read

Braving Bedtime is the first installment of Allison Johnson’s children’s book series. Johnson’s books offer a fresh take on themes of gratitude, sportmanship, and love – within a beautiful biracial family. When her kids were four and five years old they started waking up with bad dreams. Johnson told them a bedtime story to help them conquer their nighttime fears. Now the family sleeps soundly through the night… and “Braving Bedtime” has gone on to help other children learn to be brave. Video

Boo Articulation Helper
by Bildligt talat AB

Boo Articulation Helper is an app that helps children with articulation difficulties by enticing the spontaneous exercise of individual speech sounds in a fun and functional way. Video

Apps and Games for Children on the Go

Whether you are travelling or just looking for something new, the New York Times has a list of worthwhile apps nicely broken up into age groups from toddlers to elementary school. Read more at nytimes.com.

Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick

I suppose it depends on what they are doodling, but this is interesting – those little doodles could be improving memory. Read more at kqed.org.

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 April 7th, 2017

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Travel with Monkey Moe and meet animals around the world, go on an adventure with Bit – The Time Travelling Caveman, care for the environment with The King of the Golden River, and learn the German long division method. Plus, apps for autism acceptance, and the App Fairy podcast.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

The King of the Golden River
by StoryMax

The King of the Golden River is a short story (translated to English, Spanish, and Portuguese) written as a fairy tale. It tells the story of a very old and strange man who visited three brothers during a thunderstorm. Unfortunately, two of them mistreated the old man who was, in fact, the South-West Wind Esquire. To take revenge, he turned their fertile valley into red sand.

Download this book app to learn more about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, experiment with science activities, reflection and social actions recommended by experienced teachers and scientists.

Monkey Moe World Traveler
by Appelsin Apps

Welcome to travel around the world together with Monkey Moe where you can visit all the seven continents and meet different animals and collect fruits. This geography app is for children around 2-4 years old and will help kids learn about the world, fruits and animals in an entertaining way.

Bit – The Time Travelling Caveman
by Wee Taps

Bit is a simple caveman, living in a world of pixels. Wonderful dinosaurs and animals roam the forests of Pixel Land and Bit loves it there. But everything changes when he finds himself frozen in a block of ice. Bit’s story is completely interactive. Kids must help him explore his world and complete tasks along the way.

Bit - The Time Travelling Caveman
Bit - The Time Travelling Caveman

German Long Division
by iDevBooks

The German Long Division app can be used to teach and study the German long division method. The user can solve custom and random division problems with small and large numbers.

German Long Division
German Long Division
Developer: Esa Helttula
Price: $3.99

Finding iOS Apps for Autism Acceptance

Apple has an app section dedicated to autism acceptance. Lorraine Akemann describes how to find both it and the special education section of the App Store. Read more at the Moms With Apps Blog.

The App Fairy Podcast

For those of you who like podcasts, I’ve learned of a new one dedicated to apps for kids.

Meet-the-author style interviews with top-quality children’s app makers. Hosted by Carissa Christner, youth services librarian at Madison Public Library, with audio engineering help from Audrey Martinovich at Audio for the Arts. Funding provided by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center.

Their current episode features an interview with Aaron Leighton, artist for Sago Mini. Check it out at stitcher.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!

Finding iOS Apps for Autism Acceptance

Apple has a dedicated section on iTunes to highlight iOS apps for autism acceptance. I read the news on Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, where several of the apps from Apple’s app collection were described.

Apps for Autism Acceptance

If you are looking for apps to assist with communication, life skills, child development or personalized education, head over to iTunes to view the autism collection. Access the page by clicking directly on this link or on the image below.

apps for autism acceptance

Apps for Special Education (in App Store)

If you are browsing the App Store on a mobile device, use the Explore tab to discover even more app categories. I opened the App Store app, clicked the Explore tab, and then headed to Education > Special Education. You will find subcategories that include communication, emotional development, motor and visual perception, seeing and hearing, language development, life skills and trackers.

apps for autism acceptance

Whether you are doing computer based research with access to iTunes, or exploring your the App Store directly from your iPhone or iPad, be sure to catch these app collections during the month of April for Autism Acceptance Month. Many developers may offer discounts to encourage access to their products.

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

Photo credit [Flickr creative commons]

App Friday March 31st, 2017

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Explore the world of Mammals with the latest from Tinybop, jump back into Todo Math with their spring update, and go on an adventure with Sir Tincan. Plus, Memorina 2 (a classic memory game), The Tooth Seed storybook, and some news about Toca TV.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Mammals
by Tinybop Inc.

Immerse kids in the world of incredible animals to see how they play, eat, see, run, fly, grow, and feel. Every animal is interactive!

Mammals by Tinybop
Mammals by Tinybop
Developer: Tinybop Inc.
Price: $2.99

Todo Math
by Enuma, Inc.

Springtime is here! We’re delighted to introduce the latest version of Todo Math with a fresh spring theme and 3 new mini games for even MORE math to explore. Now you can practice part part whole number relationships, greater than > less than, and balancing equations. We can’t wait to see what you think. Update Todo Math today!

Todo Math
Todo Math
Developer: Enuma, Inc.
Price: Free+

Memorina 2 – memory game for kids and children
by Neva Gaming LLC

The new memory training game for toddlers and kids. Matching the pair contained in seven thematic levels with increasing difficulty.  50+ unique cards and graphics designed special for kids.

The Tooth Seed
by Lingon Interactive

The Tooth Seed is the story of Iris and her best buddy Teddy, about the tooth that is a seed and about creativity and friendship.

The Tooth Seed
The Tooth Seed
Price: $2.99

Sir Tincan – Adventures in the Castle
by winterworks GmbH

This lovely designed interactive picture book for children from two years onwards accompanies Sir Tincan in his adventurous everyday life in the medieval castle.

Turbo Riders Math Game is Free March 30-April 1!

Turbo Riders: Fun Math Game for Grade 1 to 5 Kids by Skidos Learning is Free (Regularly 4.99) March 30 to April 1.

Toca TV is shutting down operations

“Toca Boca CEO Bjorn Jeffery gives Kidscreen the exclusive details behind his company’s decision to shutter its SVOD service after less than a year on the market.” Even Toca Boca has a tough time getting people to subscribe to kids’ content. Read more at Kidscreen.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 March 24th, 2017

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Build With Grandpa is brand new this week from Fairlady Media. Enjoy the story and play along with the Ladybug Band. Help kids learn French with Pili Pop Français. Plus, Dutch Long Division the latest from the math wizard at iDevBooks, and a tour of the world’s environments in Care for Our World.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Build With Grandpa
by Fairlady Media

Let’s build with Grandpa! Demolish buildings with a wrecking ball, use a bulldozer to clear out the debris. Then design, build, paint, decorate, and landscape a brand new house! Along the way you’ll learn about safety equipment and power tools, empty your dump truck, dig and pour a foundation, mix cement, drive construction equipment, enjoy lunch with Grandpa, and measure and build a wall with wood. Be creative as you design from blueprints, paint the house with rollers, and choose your own windows, doors, shutters, landscaping, and fun extras!

Build With Grandpa
Build With Grandpa
Developer: Fairlady Media
Price: $2.99

Ladybug Band
by Rain Boot Media LLC

This interactive picture book has something to touch or do on each page!  At the end of the story, kids can become a band member and make their own recordings. The rhyming prose is fun to read to young children, or they can read along with the narrator.

Ladybug Band
Ladybug Band
Price: $1.99

Pili Pop Français
by Pili Pop Labs

Pili Pop Français is a new app to help kids from 5 to 10 to learn French. Our unique method is focused on listening and speaking skills, practice, and having fun! To do that, we’ve adapted and included speech recognition technologies in our app to give kids real feedback on their pronunciation. It’s amazing to watch children speak their first words in French, and get the accent fast.

Dutch Long Division
by iDevBooks

The Dutch Long Division app can be used to teach and study the Dutch long division method: Staartdeling. The user can solve custom and random division problems with small and large numbers.

Dutch Long Division
Dutch Long Division
Developer: Esa Helttula
Price: $3.99

Care for Our World
by Sunbreak Games

Adapted from the award-winning children’s book, this fully animated, interactive story experience takes kids on a colorful tour around the world’s diverse environments with a positive message of caring. The app includes additional creative activities, and an animal encyclopedia full of facts, sounds, and photos.

Care for Our World
Care for Our World
Price: $2.99

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!