App Friday: MathGirl Number Garden

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. This week we are improving our counting skills with MathGirl Number Garden, just in time for Back to School. The mother/daughter team behind the MathGirl series hit it out of the park when Apple picked them for New & Noteworthy right after launch.  How wonderful is this app? Let’s count the ways!

What is your app about? MathGirl Number Garden is a cute, fun exploration of numbers for girls ages 4 to 40.  With 12 levels for up to four players, you are shown objects and then click how many. The faster you go, the more stars you earn. You can play levels more than once to get faster and earn more stars. With stars you can “buy”  flowers, dragonflies, butterflies, a bunny,  and more, and then arrange and save them in your very own garden. By the 12th level,  you can buy a treehouse and magic pond.

Why is it special? Experience an “aha!” when you discover that the game is not about counting but about recognizing number groupings. Little girls add and multiply without knowing it.  Also, the garden is just too cute. You can plant your flowers, rearrange them, and even sell them back for other items. Girls love to collect and then creatively rearrange their prizes.

What’s in it for me? For App Friday August 20th, you can DOWNLOAD MATHGIRL NUMBER GARDEN FOR FREEdirectly from iTunes. But don’t wait too long, the app reverts back to regular price by 8pm US Pacific Standard Time.

Related Apps Have you seen our A is for Apps post yet? Don’t miss out on this selection of top-notch apps for back to school, right here on Moms With Apps.

App Friday Link Exchange Our goal at Moms With Apps is to spread the word about family-friendly apps. Do YOU have a favorite app to share? Please participate in our link exchange and post it down below. Include the app name in the Link Title, your email, and a URL to the app. Thanks for your participation!

A is for Apps: Back to School at Moms With Apps

The Back to School season is here, and the developers at Moms With Apps have been extremely busy creating content to help us transition into another year of learning. We are SO excited to share this selection of interactive, educational apps for your iDevices!

MATH

LETTERS & WORDS

READING

SCIENCES

CREATIVITY

GETTING PREPARED It doesn’t stop here. Preparation is part of success. Explain the new routine with an app that illustrates transitions like iCommunicate. In addition, discuss diversity to get kids comfortable with all of the wonderful people they will meet via Who Am I? After that? Go to bed early and get a good nights sleep! 🙂

We hope you enjoy these apps. If you have ideas for more, please leave a note in the blog comments. Best of luck for the new school year, and check back for more ideas during the holidays!

App Friday: Pocket Zoo with Live Animal Cams

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. This week we are taking a field trip to the ZOO! Come and explore Pocket Zoo with Live Animal Cams; an amazing way to see, hear and learn all about your favorite animals straight from your iPhone. The Mom and Dad developers and their team at Tiny Hearts are making a huge impression with animal fans world-wide. I don’t know about you, but this App Friday I’m goin to the ZOO!

What is your app about? Pocket Zoo™ with LIVE Animal Cams is a wonderfully wild portable zoo for nature lovers. Our app puts your very own zoo at your finger tips with brilliant animal photos, real sounds, fun facts and LIVE Animal Cams.There’s a lot more than lions, tigers and bears in this addictive virtual zoo. It’s great fun for the whole family!

Why is it special? One of the coolest things about Pocket Zoo™ is the Live Cams. You can keep tabs on a Panda in San Diego, watch Penguins in Japan or Siberian Tigers from Sweden thanks to live video streaming. See the animals doing something interesting? Capture an image from the cams, and share it with friends via email or Twitter – or save it to your Photo Album. Another neat feature is our unique earth-like zoo map interface, that allows you to explore and discover over 40 original animal illustrations. If you’re an animal lover and are looking for a fun and educational app…then Pocket Zoo is for you!

What’s in it for me? For App Friday August 13th, the developers at Tiny Hearts have set Pocket Zoo to FREE on the iTunes App Store. So give your iPhone a great big bear hug and DOWNLOAD before the app goes back to regular price (which is usually about 8pm US Pacific Time according to iTunes).

More Apps by the developers of Moms With Apps: Click to the page tabs at the top of our blog to scroll through lists of apps for kids and families. We highlight apps for learning, fun & creativity, reading, special needs, travel, and parents.

App Friday Link Exchange Our goal at Moms With Apps is to spread the word about family-friendly apps. Do YOU have a favorite app to share? Please participate in our link exchange and post it down below. Include the app name in the Link Title, your email, and a URL to the app. Thanks for your participation!

App Friday: iTouchiLearn Words

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. This week we explore early childhood education with iTouchiLearn Words by Jane Scarano of Staytoooned and iPhoneKidsApps. If you have toddlers and preschoolers who are working on their words, this app provides engaging activities for budding language skills. Jane recently released an iPad version with additional interactive features – details below!

 What is your app about? iTouchiLearn Words for Preschool Kids features animations and word activities wrapped in an easy-to-navigate interface. Toddlers and preschoolers are treated to entertaining animations that teach them about the context of words along with engaging word games. It centers around three activities: Find the Picture that matches the word; Match the Word; and Animations that tell a story about related words in action. iTouchiLearn Words for Preschool Kids comes in two flavors: iPhone and iPad. The iPad version takes full advantage of the iPad’s high definition and size capabilities. This version adds a matching game and a pie chart spinner that lands on a random activity when a child taps the spinner, plus additional content.

Why is it special? What makes this app special are the cute and engaging animations that teach toddlers and preschoolers about the context of words and actions while making them laugh. The animations deliver a multi-sensory experience. A child can hear a word spoken, see the word spelled out and watch an animation of the word in action. This brings words to life and improves word retention. Each word activity provides virtual rewards for correct answers to reinforce and retain what they have learned.

What’s in it for me? See for yourself how mobile touch technology provides an enriching learning experience for your toddler and preschool child. Download iTouchiLearn Words (iPhone) for FREE or iTouchiLearn Words (iPad) for HALF PRICE this App Friday, August 6th!  NOTE: The apps usually revert back to original price on the iTunes Store by 8pm U.S. Pacific Time on Friday August 6th.

Related Apps by Staytoooned:  iTouchiLearn Spanish Words  (iPhone) teaches your preschooler about words in Spanish. Through animation and fun word activities, your child will learn and retain Spanish words at a very young age.  Staytoooned also publishes apps for kids, and if you have an idea for an app, we would be happy to hear from you and help you publish yours. In addition, our iPhoneKidsApps Blog helps families and friends explore the educational value of mobile touch technology.

More Apps by the developers of Moms With Apps: Click to the page tabs at the top of our blog to scroll through lists of apps for kids and families. We highlight apps for learning, fun & creativity, reading, special needs, travel, and last but not least, parents. 🙂

App Friday Link Exchange Our goal at Moms With Apps is to spread the word about family-friendly apps. Do YOU have a favorite app to share? Please participate in our link exchange and post it down below. Include the app name in the Link Title, your email, and a URL to the app. Thanks for your participation!

App Friday: iEarned That

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. This week we are on our best behavior  with iEarnedThat, an app that helps kids set and accomplish goals using a foundation of positive reinforcement. So much of modern life is characterized by instant gratification, but this particular team of experts developed a tool to encourage traditional work ethics in an innovative, interactive and modern way.

What is your app about? Developed by a Pediatrician and parent, iEarnedThat is a motivational tool to help children develop desirable behaviors by working towards tangible goals. Our hope in designing this app was to allow the child and parent to work cooperatively toward a reward of their choice upon meeting a goal, such as doing homework or chores.

Why is it special? A picture can be downloaded from the internet, taken with a camera or accessed from the iPhone’s photo album. It’s then magically turned into a 3D jigsaw puzzle of up to 60 pieces depending upon the task at hand. The concept is, have a child earn their reward one puzzle piece at a time. iEarnedThat provides instant, ongoing positive reinforcement and engages and sustains attention, while promoting creativity, self-expression and goal-oriented thinking. Above all else, quite simply, it’s fun and kids love it.

What’s in it for me? Breath new life into your dusty star chart by DOWNLOADING iEarnedThat for FREE THIS APP FRIDAY, JULY 30th! The  entire family can get in on the action, set their goals, and work on accomplishing them together as a team by completing their individual puzzles. iEarnedThat can be whatever you and your little one want it to be. End the summer on a high note!

Related Apps iEarnedThat is the first iPhone application from Boston-based developer Kidoc, LLC. Founded in 2009, Kidoc is developing a portfolio of unique mobile applications from iEarnedThat to PlanHawk, an AT&T data plan management tool that just launched in the iTunes App Store. In addition, we have a growing list of helpful tools for parents right here at Moms With Apps! Click on our Apps for Parents page up top!

App Friday Link Exchange Our goal at Moms With Apps is to spread the word about family-friendly apps. Do YOU have a favorite app to share? Please participate in our link exchange and post it down below. Include the app name in the Link Title, your email, and a URL to the app. Thanks for your participation!

App Friday: iComm

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today we are featuring iComm from Mias Apps.  The developer, Martin Brooks, made this app as a communication aid for his daughter Mia, and their story is no less than inspirational. iComm is an example of how apps developed for people with special needs can make a tremendous difference in daily life (and not just for those it’s intended – but for others as well).

What is your app about? The iComm is an iPhone application aimed at providing an affordable, custom built and easy to use communication system using words (both written and spoken) and personalized pictures. It is ideal for children under three until they are able to express their needs through well formed speech. The iComm is also very useful for children with a broad range of disabilities who have trouble communicating such as cerebral palsy or autism.

Why is it special?One of the key things that makes the iComm so unique is the content is provided by the user. What this means is that the child is much more engaged with the images and words, which in turn means they are more motivated to use it, communicate more and learn faster. Specifically:

  • All content in easy to find categories; 20 in full version, 9 in the free version
  • Complete flexibility to add, edit or change categories as your child’s needs, taste’s and learning levels change
  • You can add your own pictures (and voice in full version) to heighten child engagement
  • Confirm all choices with a yes/ no screen for more accuracy of communication
  • Watch the videos to see the iComm in action by clicking on the orange buttons (remember to turn your speakers on)
  • Upgrade to full iComm to get audio files, more categories and more storage frames
  • What’s in it for me? iComm has always had a basic free version and an upgrade option of $7.99 (£4.99). But for App Friday July 23rd, Martin is offering the upgrade (or “in app purchase”) at a specially priced $0.99 cents (£0.59). So what are you waiting for? iComm basic version is FREE! Go DOWNLOAD and try it out! [Note: iTunes special pricing usually reverts back to original pricing by 8pm US Pacific Time]

    Related Apps Mias Apps recently released iSpy Phonics, which enables children to match phonic sounds with letters to encourage the basic building blocks of reading. In addition, our Moms With Apps developers have an entire section of apps devoted to Special Needs – please click the “Apps for Special Needs” page tab for more details!

    App Friday Link Exchange Our goal at Moms With Apps is to spread the word about family-friendly apps. Do YOU have a favorite app to share? Please participate in our link exchange and post it down below. Include the app name in the Link Title, your email, and a URL to the app. Thanks for your participation!

    App Friday EXTRAVAGANZA!!!

    Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today we are celebrating the growth spurt of our Moms With Apps developer group. Over 100 Moms, Dads, Aunts, Grandmas, Reviewers, Educators and Industry Specialists with an interest in family-friendly apps are collaborating together over our Google Group. For this APP FRIDAY JULY 16th, many of our developers have decided to set their apps to FREE for you to try! So launch iTunes, grab your iPhone, and help yourself to our FREE APP FRIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA! [But act quickly, the iTunes settings switch back to regular price by 8:00pm Pacific Time, USA.]

    Sunny Bunnies Summer’s here and these two sunny bunnies can’t wait to play. At the beach, with big sister leading the way, they’ll build a castle, fly a kits, and – of course – jump in the waves! This endearing rhyming tale with its cheerful illustrations captures a perfect summer day. Hidden interactive audio hot spots throughout the book augment the narrated story and pictures for a new dimension of exploration and discovery for little ones. Requires iPhone OS 4.0.

    Dinosaurs! Dinosaurs! StoryBoy’s newest book app Dinosaurs! Dinosaurs! combines cute brightly-colored dinosaurs, fun rhyming verse and upbeat music to entertain the youngest dinosaur lovers. The simple navigation and auto-read function on StoryBoy book apps also make them easy to use for the youngest readers. If you like this app, check out our other 20 titles in iTunes!

    The Crystal Mountain PicPocket Books brings quality children’s picture book literature to digital media. The Crystal Mountain is a magical fairy tale story with elaborate illustrations. PicPocket Books brings this classic picture book originally published by Little, Brown and Company, to life on the iPhone with a new audio recording and the same stunning pictures as the original hardcover version. Requires iPhone OS 4.0.

    One Little Boy An interactive StoryBook about  a boy’s imaginary journey before bed time. The boy meets his favorite fairy tale characters, brings them along on his journey and comes back just in time for bed. The story encourages children to practice counting, as they “paste” each character onto the screen, one after the other, and make them go skipping happily down the road. Best for ages 2-5.

    MathGirl Lite Launching any minute! MathGirl Lite has been approved by Apple and should show up on iTunes sometime Friday! Girls learn to see “how many” in an engaging game and then earn stars to buy flowers, bunnies, a rainbow, a tree house, and more for their personal gardens. A 4-year-old can tackle the first of 12 levels. Girls learning addition and multiplication will fill in steps often missing in school.

    Kids Math Fun – Kindergarten Kids Math Fun~Kindergarten encourages children to practice the addition and subtraction of two single digit (0-9) numbers.  Children can gain confidence by doing practice problems with unlimited time or they can build proficiency to see how many problems they can answer within a time limit.  Teachers are using the Kids Math Fun applications which are available in English, French, Spanish, Korean, Portuguese, Filipino, and Turkish.

    Learn to Tell Time / Kids Time Fun Learn to Tell Time encourages children to learn and practice how to tell time and how to practice math involving time.  Kids of all abilities can use this application because it provides full access to all the settings.  There are six activities: Tell Time, Elapsed Time, Time After, and Time Before, Set Time, and Mixed Mode.

    iEarnedThat iEarnedThat was designed by a pediatrician to help motivate kids and make parent’s lives a little easier. It’s an amazingly fun and simple app which transforms any picture of a desired goal into an interactive 3D puzzle. Kids work towards their goals and learn about earning things one puzzle piece at a time. Everyone loves it because it’s fun and incredibly easy to use. Parents, teachers and even grandparents are finding it’s great to promote reading, chores, being physically active and eating healthy to name a few.

    Road-Trip-Bingo Bring the classic family travel game to your iPhone or iPod touch! Road-Trip-Bingo is an app that you play while riding in a car to help pass the time during the trip. Start up the app, get a random bingo card and then begin watching out the window for signs, vehicles, animals and more. As seen in The New York Times and USA Today!

    Snow Globe Maker Beach Celebrate beach season — create and share unlimited, beachy souvenir snow globes with the most customizable snow globe app ever. Combine your photos with professional art to design unique, virtual snow globes; you choose the background, base, five inserts, label, and snow style. Snow Globe Maker souvenirs are fun to make and it’s easy to email, post, save, and share your creations with friends and family.

    Mom Maps Mom Maps is an iPhone application that helps you find fun, kid friendly locations on the go! Search our extensive list of parks, playgrounds, restaurants, museums and indoor play areas, as well as reviews by parents, for parents. Using GPS, you’ll see nearby results, plus a map to get you there. Over 20,000 locations supported.

    Milwaukee Loves Kids Milwaukee is one of the best-kept urban secrets in America (clean, green, and not mean)—the Milwaukee Loves Kids iPhone app will get you started on your next visit to Brew City. Milwaukee is a four-season town, and the app was created with year-round activities in mind (you’ll find entries for thrifty fun along with museums, nature centers, indoor-gyms, and even water parks). This visually-rich “virtual tour guide” includes also over 500 photos and 70 unique suggestions for a wonderful day in the Midwest.

    Draw With Stars Use Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry night” painting color palette to draw carefully designed and animated stars over a night sky canvas or photos from your albums of your iPad or iPhone. Animations and sounds are everywhere: musical chimes when stars are created, summer night natural sounds, and even when stars are removed, they are turned into shooting stars which fly away!

    Save Teddy Oh no! Teddy has wandered off and finds himself dangling dangerously from a balloon.  Only you can save him by getting him safely to the comfy basket below.  You can use fun balloons to bounce around and get to the basket, but beware of the crows though, they are trying to peck the stuffing out of poor Teddy!  There are 20 exciting levels and great soundtracks in Save Teddy and it is fun for all ages. See if you can guide Teddy to safety before he falls to his doom!

    Faces iMake – Creative Craziness!! The simple premise of the game is making faces with everyday objects. It was developed by iMagine Machine in conjunction with the artist Hanoch Piven, and is based on his artistic collage style and art workshops he has successfully conducted for the last 10 years. With Faces iMake you can create fun faces out of everyday stuff. A banana for a mouth. Lettuce for hair. Toy wheels for eyes. Through Hanoch’s work, Faces iMake inspires and empowers people to make art in a highly accessible way.

    Still have room on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad? Check out our page tabs across the top of our blog highlighting apps for reading, learning, fun, special needs, travel and parents! Are you a developer trying to get the word out about your app? Our Mike and Bryan interview on marketing your app might be just what  you need!

    App Friday Link Exchange Our goal at Moms With Apps is to spread the word about family-friendly apps. Do YOU have a favorite app to share? Please participate in our link exchange and post it down below. Include the app name in the Link Title, your email, and a URL to the app. Thanks for your participation!

    App Friday: Faces iMake

    Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today we are featuring Faces iMake from iMagine Machine. This creative app was inspired by the artist Hanoch Piven, and once you see it, you’ll realize just how well this app encourages the artist in all of us. So get ready, grab your nearest iPhone palette, and let’s make a masterpiece!

    What is your app about? The simple premise of the game is making faces with everyday objects. It was developed by iMagine Machine in conjunction with the artist Hanoch Piven, and is based on his artistic collage style and art workshops he has successfully conducted for the last 10 years. Faces iMake is about art and play.

    Why is it special? With Faces iMake you can create fun faces out of everyday stuff. A banana for a mouth. Lettuce for hair. Toy wheels for eyes. Through Hanoch’s work, Faces iMake inspires and empowers people to make art in a highly accessible way. It is a game and art workshop rolled into one. Some features include:

    • Collage lessons filmed in Hanoch Piven’s studio in Barcelona.
    • Unlimited possibilities: select from over 150 different items (food, toys, tools, and more) to make faces.
    • Avatar maker: sharing the face you make through various venues (Facebook, email, etc.).
    • Original song and sound effects.

    What’s in it for me? Did you know that Faces iMake is currently FREE on the iTunes App Store? There is no ticking clock this App Friday, so unleash your inner artist by DOWNLOADING Faces iMake, right from this LINK, and spread the word! Once you’ve tried it, don’t forget to upload your creations to the Faces iMake Facebook Page!

    Related Apps: iMagine Machine is a developer and publishing house focused on innovative children’s applications – check out more of their apps HERE. In addition, the Moms With Apps developers have a growing list of fun & creative apps for kids.

    App Friday Link Exchange Our goal at Moms With Apps is to spread the word about family-friendly apps. Do YOU have a favorite app to share? A creative app, or just one your family enjoys? Please participate in our link exchange and post it down below. Include the app name in the Link Title, your email, and a URL to the app. Thanks for your participation!

    App Friday: Madera & Figaro Save The Day

    Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today we are featuring Madera & Figaro Save the Day, an interactive storybook adventure with fun superhero characters Madera Monkey andFigaro Frog. The second in the series from Lyn and Line, Save the Day is making waves on the iTunes charts and is turning out to be a big hit with families. Let’s go see what these superheroes have been up to!

    What is your app about? Madera & Figaro Save The Day is an interactive picture book. The app is an original story about a monkey named Madera andher best friend, a frog named Figaro, and their adventure to clean up their town after a big storm. Each page is filled with interactive elements for your child to discover. It contains a number of small mini games that aim to teach numbers, letters, colors, matching, and counting. It has been featured by Apple as “New And Noteworthy” in several countries including the US, the UK, and Canada. It was also featured as “What’s Hot” in the US.

    Why is it special?We feel Save The Day is special because of how interactive it is. It is a storybook, but it was written and designed to take full advantage of the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch screens. Also our mini games in the app were designed to be integrated in with what is actually happening in the storyline. We felt this was important so that your child can feel like they are part of helping save the day. [Special note: Our music is done by the multi-talented singer, songwriter, composer, Tim Eilers, who also happens to be the voices of the turtles in The Rescue of Ginger, Mr. Butterman in Save The day, and most of the mice.]

    What’s in it for me? For App Friday July 2nd, Madera & Figaro Save the Day will be set to FREE on iTunes! Act quickly (like a superhero) because the app will go back to regular price after the promotion ends.

    Related Apps? Interested in how the characters got started? Check out their first superhero adventure: Madera & Figaro and the Rescue of Ginger. Still have space on your phone? A list of Apps for Fun and Apps for Learning by the developers at Moms With Apps are listed HERE and HERE.

    App Friday Link Exchange Our goal at Moms With Apps is to spread the word about family-friendly apps. Do YOU have a favorite app to share? An interactive app, or just one your family enjoys? Please participate in our link exchange and post it down below. Include the app name in the Link Title, your email, and a URL to the app. Thanks for your participation!

    App Friday: All About Dragons

    Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today we are featuring a book app for dragon lovers called All About Dragons. Produced by StoryBoy, creators of over 20 book apps for kids, All About Dragons sums up the interesting and mystical features of dragon lore into one eye-catching app.  So where do dragons come from? Let’s turn some pages to find out!

    What is your app about? StoryBoy Kids’ Books are beautifully illustrated, narrated, and interactive book apps for children between the ages of 1 to 7 years old. The simple navigation makes these book apps easy to use for young readers. The newest addition to the StoryBoy library, which includes more than 20 titles, is All About Dragons, a book that introduces dragonology for dragon lovers everywhere.

    Why is it special? All About Dragons is an interactive book for children that teaches them fascinating trivia about these mythical beasts. You can learn interesting information about different types of dragons (and their life cycle) by exploring the book and discovering the hidden dragon secrets throughout the pages. Learn about ice dragons, mountain dragons, and fire dragons all within the gripping scenes and narration of this enchanting book.

    What’s in it for me? On Friday June 25th, All About Dragons will be FREE to Download from the iTunes App Store. Don’t delay, because the special offer will end after Friday. [To compliment the promotion, Storyboy is offering the first FIVE comments on this post a promo code for their soon-to-be-released iPad game, Dragon Checkers!]
    Related Apps StoryBoy offers a variety of books app for kids including the recently released The Nurse with the Red Clown Nose, a touching and heartwarming story about a child with cancer. The story deals with a difficult topic in a sensitive and easy-to-understand manner as it aims to teach kids about the disease and how to deal with adversity. All of StoryBoy’s proceeds from the sale of the app are donated to the Children’s Cancer Foundation.
    App Friday Link Exchange Our goal at Moms With Apps is to spread the word about family-friendly apps. Do YOU have a favorite app to share? An app for reading, or just one your family enjoys? Please participate in our link exchange and post it down below. Include the app name in the Link Title, your email, and a URL to the app. Thanks for your participation!