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!

App Friday: Tales2Go

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today we are featuring an audio story app the entire family can enjoy.  It’s called Tales2Go and its mission is to spark kids’ imaginations by utilizing cutting edge technology to bring back the simple pleasures of storytelling to everyday life. Tales2Go makes audio stories accessible, portable, and affordably priced – just in time for summer travel!

What is your app about? Tales2Go is a kids’ audio story service that gives moms and dads instant, on-demand and unlimited access to over a thousand stories that stream to their iPhone, iTouch or iPad. Stories range from fairytales and classics (e.g., Curious George Rides a Bike) to popular series and characters (e.g., Diary of a Wimpy Kid, American Girl, and How to Train Your Dragon). Story length spans from a couple of minutes to 6 hours, and selections include a variety of choices for kids ages 3 to pre-teen.

Why is it special? Kids of all ages love listening to a good story, well told by a professional narrator or storyteller.  Audio stories spark a kids’ imagination in ways that screen-based media cannot, and build listening comprehension and vocabulary. Highlights of Tales2Go include:

  • It’s storytime, anytime.  On-the-go, in the car, at the doctor’s office, during meal or bath time at home, or even before bed (after having read to your kids).
  • It’s entertaining.  Featuring the best in kids’ audio stories — from trusted audio publishers and dozens of award-winning storytellers – Tales2Go will make your kids giggle, laugh, think and ask questions.  And, before long, they’ll be asking for more.
  • It’s affordably priced.  Tales2Go is great value at $24.99 for an annual subscription (or roughly $2.00 per month) – saving you time, effort and money vs. purchasing multiple story CDs or downloads.  And with Tales2Go, there are no one-off purchases to get the next story.

What’s in it for me? A FREE SUMMER SUBSCRIPTION FOR FIRST TIME USERS! If you download the app AND register an account with a valid email address (in the app) on Friday June 18th, the Tales2Go team will track your registration and extend the standard 30-day trial through Labor Day.  Don’t miss this opportunity to listen to great stories with your kids; DOWNLOAD AND REGISTER the app today before this offer expires.  Aren’t #appfridays the best?!

Related Apps? Tales2Go is powered by technology from Stitcher Radio. which is the leading news/talk audio app for smartphones.  Stitcher is available on iPhones, iTouches, iPads, Palm Pre’s, Blackberries and Android phones.  What Pandora is to music, Stitcher is to news/talk, allowing you to “stitch” together your perfect morning and evening drive-time programming, on-demand.

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 storytime, 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: Kids Riddles for Android

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today we are featuring an app for the Android Market that keeps our brains guessing: Kids Riddles by Okenko BooksJitka and the team at Okenko Books are working diligently on an exciting new line of children’s books for multiple platforms (iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle are all part of their multi-platform strategy).  So what is beautifully illustrated, fun to read, and a thoughtful challenge for the whole family? The answer lies in this post!

What is your app about? Kids Riddles are classic riddles for kids with picture answers. Riddles are a part of oral traditions which ignite curiosity, imagination and logical thinking. They contain a simple sequence of pages; a text of the riddle followed (automatically or manually) by a picture answer.

Why is it special? Kids Riddles book apps encourage young readers to read the texts of the riddles, and confirm their guesses by seeing beautiful color picture answers. The illustrations were made by Slovak artist Katka Hustaty. We selected classic riddles with very descriptive answers, such as:

  • What goes around the world but stays in a corner?
  • What can you catch but not throw?
  • The more you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?

What’s in it for me? Okenko Books will set Kids Riddles to FREE for App Friday June 11th. These apps are available on the Android Market for Android phones. To download,  go to the Market on your Android phone and search in Applications for Kids Riddles.

Related Apps For more apps by Okenko Books, follow their blog and soon to launch website for fun titles like Lindy Lee Loves Pink, Sip’n’Cup Go On Vacation, and Andie Plays Pretend.  Looking for more apps for your Android phone? Try Rescue of Ginger!

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 book 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: Little Blue Penguin

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today we are featuring a storybook app that families can cuddle up with: Little Blue Penguin. Produced by MobiStories, creators of award-winning digital books, this app blends words, illustrations, music and interactivity to make storytelling at bedtime a hit for everyone.

What is your app about? Little Blue Penguin is a book app that integrates storytime with engagement.  A sweet tale about a toy penguin’s journey as a beloved stuffed pet, this app provides cause-and-effect learning opportunities with user-directed animations on each page.  Sound effects and a musical score move the story gently along.  Readers can learn a new language as the text and narration can be switched from any page to English, Spanish or Chinese.  Hear the story in one language while following the words in another to increase language understanding.  Fun, interactive questions at the end of the story allow the reader to check their comprehension and memory of the story. Great for young, new or early readers ages 4 – 8 years old.

Why is it special?What’s special about Little Blue Penguin is it’s ability to maintain traditional storytime while offering just enough interactivity to engage kids without detracting from the story.  The introduction of alternate languages, the ability to mix and match text and narration within those languages, and the comprehension quiz create a reading experience that is unique to book apps.

What’s in it for me? For App Friday, MobiStories is offering FREE DOWNLOADS ON JUNE 4th of Little Blue Penguin from the iTunes App Store. But act quickly, because Little Blue Penguin will turn into a pumpkin and go back to regular price after bedtime!

Related Apps MobiStories offers a variety of book apps for different reading levels/ages in the iTunes App Store, including President Barack Obama in Pictures, Michelle Obama in Pictures, bilingual puzzle board books, and their latest masterpiece: The Marvelous Toy. Still thirsty for words? Check out our NEW Apps for Reading page from the developers at 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? A book 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: Sound Shaker

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today we are featuring an app for curious young minds who love to experiment with their eyes and ears: Sound Shaker. Developed by the team at Tickle Tap Apps, this app is about as open-ended as it gets. You don’t win or lose, you just work that iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch until it becomes your own pocket orchestra. Little conductors, take note!

What is your app about? Sound Shaker is a wonderful preschool sound-making game. It’s the most popular game in the Tickle Tap Apps series, has been featured by Apple as a “What’s Hot” app, and was selected by the Children’s Technology Review for an Editor’s Choice Award. Kids love to play Sound Shaker because they can create all kinds of sounds (drums, whistles, barnyard animals for example) with simple taps. Tilting makes sounds spin and collide in whimsical combinations. Colorful graphics and surprise animations add to the fun!

Why is it special? Preschoolers enjoy Sound Shaker because there’s something new to discover with every game play—whether it’s a new sound, funny combination of sounds or different colored bouncy balls. It’s fun to fling balls around the screen and watch what happens when you tilt or shake the device. We’ve tested the game with kids who shriek with laughter each time they press a ball long enough to make Robin the bird suddenly appear—and that’s incredibly satisfying to see whether you’re a parent or a game developer (or both!). Watch a demo of Sound Shaker,  and see a four-year-old immersed in Sound Shaker gameplay. It’s also the first of the Tickle Tap Apps available as a ‘universal’ app so it’s optimized to use on both the iPhone and iPad.

What’s in it for me? Here at App Friday, we love FREE. So the folks at Tickle Tap Apps have set Sound Shaker to FREE on iTunes for May 28th. To get your copy, click HERE TO DOWNLOAD. But make sure you do it by Friday, May 28th, before it goes back to regular price.

Related Apps Looking for more from Tickle Tap Apps? Try the Tickle Tap Toddler Pack (5 incredible Tickle Tap Apps bundled for just $4.99!); Still interested in Toddler Apps? Try Fish School (the latest from Duck Duck Moose); Learning to read music? Try DoReMemory (teaches young composers where notes belong on the treble and bass clef staffs).

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 toddlers, 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: Family Matters

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today we are featuring the only app in history suitable for the dinner table: Family Matters. Developed by a family (Weiner Family Studios), for families, this app gets parents and siblings talking, laughing, questioning, and discovering together. With Family Matters in your pocket, traveling with kids just got better. Let’s find out how communicating more, and whining less, is possible with this brilliant app.

What is your app about?Whether your family is heading to the airport, on a roadtrip, visiting the doctor’s office or waiting at a restaurant, Family Matters has hundreds of interesting questions and activities to keep your family busy and engaged. This app is not a game you win or loose. Rather, it is a stockpile of thought provoking topics that take family communication to a new level. For example, in the airplane module, you might find:

  • If you could take your family anywhere on vacation, where would it be?
  • Do you think flying a smaller plane would be easier than flying a bigger plane? Why or why not?
  • Why do your ears pop on an airplane?

Why is it special? Aside from the cool questions illustrated above, Family Matters also has engaging activities. This app MOVES YOUR BRAIN, AND YOUR BODY. For example:

  • Everyone draw their perfect airplane
  • Can you think of five similarities between an airplane and a helicopter?
  • See who can find the word AIR in any magazine. Ready… Go!

What’s in it for me? Have you heard of FREE? That’s what’s in it for you if you download from iTunes on AppFriday, May 21st. If you miss a beat, the deal will be gone. So DOWNLOAD BY FRIDAY MAY 21ST to get your FREE VERSION OF FAMILY MATTERS.

Related apps? Traveling soon? Check out the post our 12 Helpful Apps for Family Travel.

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 travel 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: My Pictures Talk

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today we are featuring an app called My Pictures Talk by Grembe. This husband-wife team started their iPhone careeers with a series of lifestyle apps, and created My Pictures Talk to bring digital photos to life by linking them with personalized audio clips. After familiarizing myself with the menus and functions, our family spent time together taking pictures, recording messages, and playing back the results. Photo Albums beware, the competition has arrived.

 

What is your app about? My Pictures Talk is a photo utility for the iPhone and iPod touch that associates pictures with your own recorded sounds.  Use it with your family, at school, for projects, or on your next trip. We realized the power of this app when we grabbed a picture of an owl from the web and showed it to our two year old and he started saying “Owl…Owl…Hoot…Hoot” while we recorded, played it back to him, and mailed it to friends and family. He laughed and laughed hearing himself. It was priceless.

Why is it special?

  • Take a picture. Record a note, memory, someone speaking, or ambient noise.
  • Mail to friends or yourself. Post the picture to Facebook.
  • Our kids love it (non-stop giggles and pointing). They touch the pictures to hear themselves laugh and talk, then ask to take more pictures.
  • Take snapshots and record a travel log on your next trip.
  • Record a lecture and listen later.
  • Work on flashcards with your kids. Record them saying a word for the first time.
  • Record a loved one to hear when you are away from home
  • Motivate someone to talk
  • Categorize and organize your existing photos
  • The uses will change depending on what is going on in your life: home improvement pictures, vacations, lectures, fun with family…

What’s in it for me? For our May 14th App Friday, Grembe is offering FREE DOWNLOADS of MY PICTURES TALK. If you are curious about the app and have ideas for blending words and pictures, this App Friday is the perfect time to give it a try. TIP: If you are using this in a family setting, take time to learn the interface before handing it over to the kids. It has a lot of functionality, and requires both a category and name for each photo. By investing a little time upfront, you’ll begin to see how much potential is available in this app, especially when kids are happily listening to their own voices.

Related apps? If you like the idea of personalized apps, Grembe has more to offer. iCommunicate (also available for the iPad) provides a way to make customized storyboards and visual schedules for children, and is highly acclaimed in the education and special needs communities.

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 useful tool, 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!

Just Got Your iPhone for Mother’s Day? We’ve Got Apps for That!

Aaaahhh, your shiny new iPhone – a gift from the family – arrives clean and unfettered on Mother’s Day morning. After a tasty breakfast in bed, you dream of spending time loading apps, personalizing the wallpaper, syncing the calendar and customizing the settings to suit your particular needs. However, the gift of free time didn’t seem to get the memo. Here, hand it over, and let us help a mother out…

FOR STORYTIME  Mommy’s High Heel Shoes – A sweet story about a working mom and her daughter “Cakes”

FOR FUN  Rescue of Ginger – a fun and hilarious interactive storybook for kids (FREE for Mother’s Day)

FOR REFERENCE  Baby MedBasics – A quick reference guide for parents on basic baby medical care

FOR TRAVEL  My Little Suitcase kids travel app (FREE for Mother’s Day), Mom Maps FREE app for kid spots on the go, and Global Roos for translating basic phrases in different languages.

FOR MEMORY MAKING   Emmbook, a baby book for your iPhone

FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR   Motivational apps such as iEarnedThat, iReward, and iRewardChart

FOR MORE KIDS   Baby Bump Pregnancy App

FOR ANDROID Didn’t get that iPhone for Mother’s Day, but you did get a hungry baby to feed? Try Newborn for Android.

FOR MORE IDEAS  Visit our sidebar on the right to view the websites of our member developers, who are mostly parents creating apps for their own children. There are also some hot tips from Appolicious, and you can never fail at the one and only iPhoneMom.

Happy Mother’s Day and best wishes from Moms With Apps!