App Friday: 1 Little Boy

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today we are featuring an interactive storybook from Touchoo. The Touchoo team along with their contributors publish quality interactive book apps for toddlers and children. Their aim is to combine the beauty in traditional children’s books with the intuitiveness and flexibility of touch screen technology. All of Touchoo’s books go through careful inspection by a child development expert, so what you end up with is much more than meets the eye. Let’s take a closer look!

What is your app about? 1 Little Boy is an interactive StoryBook app your kids would love. The story is about  a boy’s imaginary journey before bed time. One by one, animal characters you’d recognize from children’s fairytales and rhymes join the little guy on his journey.  Together they visit all kinds of places, even the moon (!), and arrive safely back in the little boy’s room – just in time for bed. The story encourages children to practice reciting numbers and counting, as they “paste” each character onto the screen, one after the other, and make them go skipping down the road together. Best for ages 2-5.

Why is it special?

  • When you let your child be exposed to new content, you want to make sure it’s educational and age-appropriate. All of Touchoo’s book-apps, including 1 Little Boy undergo scrutiny by a child development expert, verifying that they conform with the latest child development research-based guidelines and know-how.
  • With 1 Little Boy, your child will get to practice reciting numbers (pre-counting age) and counting from  1-10 in a learn-by-action manner. This type of learning is agreed by experts to be the most efficient.
  • Educational merits aside, the beautiful illustrations, the dynamic page turning, and the (real) animal sounds that you can tap-to-play again and again and a-a-a-ag-ag-ag-ag-agin make this app really fun!
  • Some other cool features include a ‘record yourself’ option for narrating the story and counting the animal characters. It’s most fun if you use funny voices for that ( to record, choose “you” under narration options in the ‘settings’ page). You could also choose the narrated version or no narration at all – to tell it yourself.
  • Looking into the very near future – the next version update of this StoryBook app (will be free and automatic) will offer text in additional languages.

What’s in it for me? Reading is fun, but reading for FREE is even better! This App Friday, Touchoo is offering FREE DOWNLOADS OF 1 LITTLE BOY. You can download for FREE, right now, just by CLICKING THIS LINK.  Don’t you just LOVE #appfridays?

Related apps? Touchoo’s library will soon be growing. No need to stop at 1 Little Boy. Add to your collection Thumbelina and Benny the Cat – coming very soon to the iTunes Store!

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? One 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: Mom Maps

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today we are featuring a navigation app called Mom Maps. Creator Jill Seman designed a directory of kid-friendly locations that parents can access straight from their iPhones. Her database is powered by a community of mom-mappers, i.e.,  well-traveled parents who recommend their favorite kid-friendly spots.  Are YOU ready to be a mom-mapper too?

 

What is your app about? Mom Maps is an interactive iPhone app and website full of kid-friendly locations. Created by parents for parents, Mom Maps features over 19,000 locations in 18 metro areas that lets you to find, rate and review kid-friendly spots straight from your iPhone.  Out and about? Let the Mom Maps GPS find parks, playgrounds, restaurants, museums and indoor play areas near you.

Why is it special?  You choose ==> 1) The easy to use interface that gives you the information you need, right when you need it, and finds you automatically with GPS? 2) The community of parents who can mommap their favorite kid spots straight from an iPhone, or from the web? 3) The reality that summer is right around the corner, and you can use Mom Maps to plan your vacation or stay-cation itinerary?  4)  The fact that it’s FREEEEEEE?

What’s in it for me?  Did you know that Mom Maps is FREE TO DOWNLOAD, anytime, straight from iTunes? Once you DOWNLOAD MOM MAPS, register, and submit your family’s favorite hot spots, you’ve also just entered to WIN a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card. Mommapping has never been better!

Related Apps? Traveling with kids has its moments. Our complete line-up of family travel apps, courtesy of our Moms With Apps developers, awaits you 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? One about travel, 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!

12 Helpful Apps for Family Travel

Family travel season will soon be upon us. Carting children on planes, trains and automobiles to visit places new and old will be part of the summer’s agenda. Before heading out, it’s common for parents to pack up their busy bags and load up devices with activities to keep children content during travel lulls. We’ve polled our Moms With Apps developers for apps that help with family travel. We hope this list provides you with tools to enjoy the journey!

My Little Suitcase – Let your youngest explorers pack for their trip and head out to discover new destinations. Whether it’s the snow, beach, camping or a sleepover, kids get to use their independence and imaginations for this virtual journey. Created by the parents and founders of My Busy Kit in hopes of making family travel more fun for everyone. Updated monthly at no additional charge to keep scenes fresh and exciting for the kids. Most suitable for ages 2 to 6.  $1.99 on iTunes.

A Day in Paris With Cassie– Get inspired for your next family vacation with StoryBoy’s travel series for kids! Join Cassie as she explores the city of lights and takes in famous sights like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Notre Dame Cathedral in A Day in Paris With Cassie. This book is a great way to introduce kids to a different city and culture. $.99 sale price on iTunes (until April 30th, then price reverts to $1.99)

Transportation storybooks by MobiStories– Whether you are traveling by ship, train, plane or bus, Mobistories has an activity for you! These interactive puzzle books are a steal at only $.99 each, and include bilingual text options, storytelling, and fabulous sound effects. They each include four interactive jigsaw puzzles on every page. Choose from the Plane Puzzle Book, Bus Puzzle Book, Train Puzzle Book, or Ship Puzzle Book. All available on iTunes for $.99 each.

Sunday Drive– The Sunday Drive app aims to create awareness and promote preservation by geotagging historically valuable and scenic routes throughout America. Although most routes currently exist in Southern California, freelance photographers, artists and locals in 10 other states have helped to contribute locations and routes for families and adventurers to enjoy. The app allows previews of each route listed by order of GPS location relevant to the phone. Previews include photo, text and video to offer a feel for each route. The developers at the Sunday Drive Network hope to become a tool for teachers to educate children about history, science and nature in the real environment using the app and immersive technology. $.99 on iTunes.

Tales2Go – Taking a road trip this summer? Listen to Tales2Go the whole way…hear over 1,000 great kids stories right from your iPhone. Perfect for kids ages 3 up to preteen, Tales2Gooffers entertainment while building vocabulary, enhancing listening skills and sparking their imaginations. It’s storytime, anytime, and so fun, your kids won’t want to leave the car. Free trial subscription available on iTunes.

Family Matters– Family matters is an interactive app with questions for families to ask and answer together. Designed by a family as a tool to bring families closer, it provides fun conversation starters when you are waiting at a restaurant, in a line, or enduring a long airplane journey or road trip. These insightful questions let kids giggle together, finding out things they never knew about their parents, and vice versa. This single tool is an excellent example of how technology can enhance interactivity, communication and relationships. Make your next trip more fun with Family Matters. $1.99 on iTunes.

iKidNYiKidNYis an app created for parents who live in or are traveling to New York City.  With iKidNY you can now find the closest subway stations with elevators, changing tables, kid-friendly restaurants, parks, playgrounds, indoor playspaces, museums, and much more, all with the touch of a button.  You can also search by interactive map of the five boroughs if you are traveling to another area of the city and would like to plan before you go.  iKidNY is really easy to use and provides information, maps, and directions at the touch of a button – us parents have no time to waste!  iKidNY is a locals guide to New York City with kids right in your pocket! $2.99 on iTunes.

BlueLeoGuideBlueleoGuideis an at-your-fingertips directory of every imaginable children’s resource in the five boroughs of NYC. Think Yelp, but organized for the needs and wants of parents. Blueleo features 6,000 resources across 15 categories, including things-to-do; kid-friendly restaurants; baby and kid stores; birthday party venues; pediatricians; childcare agencies; after school programs and mommy classes.  The app also includes a “Show Nearest” feature to help the user discover the resources that are geographically most convenient, and a map pops-up when the user clicks on a listing’s address link. There’s also an auto link to the phone number and the web address for every listing. Free on iTunes.

MomMaps – Mom Maps is a navigation app for parents, similar to the above, but covers 18 metropolitan areas across the U.S. It contains lists of Parks, Playgrounds, Restaurants, Museums and Indoor Play Areas and other children’s activities that are fun for kids. You can use the site to plan ahead for a trip to the amusement park and you can use the iPhone app when you get there to find nearby children’s playgrounds and family friendly restaurants on the go! Free on iTunes.

Oh, but that’s not all. There are MANY MORE APPS to enjoy. One of the greatest review sites, Best Kids Apps, houses an entire library of iPhone apps for kids to peruse before you take your next trip. So if this list only whetted your appetite, fret not. Head over to Best Kids Apps for more. The developers at Moms With Apps are participating in their blogging contest to win an Apple iPad. If you have a blog, and want to win an iPad, go check it out. Wishing you smooth and pleasant journeys this summer!

App Friday: Arithmaroo

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today we are featuring a counting app from Arithmaroo. Creators Lynn and Molly Rasmussen, a mother-daughter team based in Maui and Los Angeles, work together on this series of inspiring and educational math apps for kids. Want to get your little kangaroos excited about math? Then c’mon – let’s go counting with Arithmaroo!

What is the app about? Arithmaroo Counting so simple that it’s genius. At first kids count how many rocks and how many hands and fingers. Then they discover that seeing patterns is easier and faster. They start with 1 to 5 and work up to seeing 50 on the screen. Even adults feel the brain workout!

Why is it special? Watch the “ahas” kick in. Arithmaroo is a right brain approach that fills in the missing steps to mastering addition and multiplication. Kids start to add and multiply without even knowing that’s what they’re doing. Arithmaroo develops number sense, that all-important “feel” for numbers that is found in every state’s math standards. The soon-to-be-released Arithmaroo series–adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing–will prevent the “bad at math” syndrome that haunts too many smart, capable people.

What in it for me? ZERO! That’s right! DOWNLOAD ARITHMAROO FOR FREE this App Friday. No counting required, until you download the app, of course!

Related Apps? Interested in math? Check out this feature Lynn wrote earlier in the week, highlighting some of the terrific kids math apps we have from developers in 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? One about math, or just one your kids enjoy? Then please post your favorite apps in the comments down below. The more great apps for kids and families – the better!

8 Great Apps for Earth Day

The developers at Moms With Apps went digging into their inventories to unearth a selection of apps for Earth Day. Fill your iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches with these nature themed apps developed by parents.

1. Erica Knows Green, by StoryBoy [FREE for Earth Day!]

2. Learning Colors With Fruits, by Once Upon an App

3. Learning Colors With Vegatables, by Once Upon an App

4. Cucumber Soup, by PicPocket Books

5. Then it Rained, by PicPocket Books

6. Eric and the Enchanted Leaf, by PicPocketBooks

7. iLiveMath Animals of Africa, by iHomeEducator

8. iLiveMath Animals of Asia, by iHome Educator

Can you think of any more? We’d love to hear about them – please leave a comment!

App Friday: iKidNY

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today we are featuring iKidNY which helps parents navigate New York City with kids. Great apps come from great moms, and creator Lara Serebrier Paul is indeed one of those. Lara is a Harlem resident and native New Yorker who wanted an easier solution for finding kid-friendly spaces in the Big City. As an extra bonus, the children’s storybook A Day in New York City with Noah will be offered alongside iKidNY for our FREE #appfriday promotion.

What is the app about?
Developed for New York City moms and dads on the move, iKidNY is an app that helps you find kid-friendly locations while out and about. It includes parks, playgrounds, changing tables, indoor playspaces, museums, libraries, subway stations with elevators, kid-friendly restaurants, and more. One click on the iKidNY guide will bring you information and directions to your nearest sanity-saving location. Got kids? Headed to NYC? Consider this app a no-brainer.

Why is it special?
It’s developed by a Mom who knows the true definition of kid-friendly. So yes, changing table locations, and subways with elevators (to accommodate strollers) are key features. In addition, the app has one touch navigation, interactive neighborhood maps, auto-connections to phone numbers and websites, and the ability to customize the app by plotting your favorite locations.

What’s in it for me?
FREE, FREE, and more FREE! For April 16th’s #appfriday, you can DOWNLOAD IKIDNY FOR FREE from the iTunes App Store. If you live in NYC, or if you are thinking about traveling there, or if you are a wannabe like so many of us are – then don’t hold back! Go download! But it gets even better…read on…

Related Apps
To accompany iKidNY, StoryBoy spoke up and is offering a New York City themed storybook app for FREE as well! DOWNLOAD A DAY IN NEW YORK CITY WITH NOAH today too! And, don’t forget their other NYC app, A DAY IN NEW YORK CITY WITH KIDS, which is FREE anytime!

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? One about New York, or just one that your kids enjoy? Then 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. Once you submit this in the Simply Linked form, it shows up just like example #1. Thank you for your participation!

App Friday: Artikpix & Percentally

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today we are featuring two apps: ArtikPix and Percentally. These apps were developed by Eric Sailers and Jason Rinn in efforts to help students and educators tackle speech delays. Their innovations do more than assist speech & language, but also function as tools that chart a course for how mobile devices are used in education.

What is ArtikPix about?
ArtikPix is an articulation app for the iPad that has flashcard and matching activities for children with speech sound delays. The free app comes with “th” cards and an easy matching level, but in-app purchases enable the possibility of 14 decks (th, f, v, ch, sh, k, g, s, z, l, r, s-blends, l-blends, and r-blends) with 40 cards each (560 cards total), and three matching levels. In ArtikPix, children tap and flick cards to practice their sounds in fun activities, as data is collected, saved, and shared to email, clipboard, or Google Spreadsheet.

Why is it special?
ArtikPix is a fun, child friendly app that makes traditional articulation drills more enjoyable. Children have a great time flicking through the flashcards, and playing the matching activity. Compared to a traditional deck of speech cards, ArtikPix offers a variety of features including voice recording, auditory prompting, and data collection for saving and exporting. Additionally, the portability of ArtikPix makes it an easy tool for parents to use at home with their children and for children to practice independently.

What is Percentally about?
Percentally is a tally counter for collecting data with notes that share easily to email, clipboard, or Google Spreadsheet. Use it to keep single tally and percentage based data for tracking progress on goals (e.g., special education goals). Adults and children can track progress by the tap of a finger in tallies customizable for color.

Why is it special?
Time is of the essence for everyone. Percentally is a time saver because it is an easy-to-use tool that makes a multi-step process simple. It enables you to collect and organize tallies in an efficient manner and easily copy the data. Initially developed for educators, it also has uses for athletics, nutrition, motivation, counting, or any area where someone is interested in tracking progress.

What’s in it for me?
FREE, that’s what! DOWNLOAD ARTIKPIX from the App Store FREE, this Friday. Next, DOWNLOAD PERCENTALLY from the App Store FREE, this Friday. If you are a parent with an iPad, ArtikPix should be a no-brainer. If you are a person who needs to track progress on specific goals, then go grab a copy of Percentally!

App Friday Link Exchange
Do you have a family-friendly app to share, either a personal favorite or one you developed yourself? Please, post it in the link below! This way, visitors can see a variety of apps for kids and families. Include your name (with app name) in the Link Title, your email, and a URL to the app. Once you submit this in the Simply Linked form, it shows up just like example #1 in the link below. Thank you for your participation!

App Friday: Round is a Mooncake


Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today we are featuring Round is a Mooncake, a children’s picture book brought to the iPhone and iPod Touch by PicPocket Books. The PicPocket Books Apps range from board book style books to concept books, easy readers, fairy tales and more.

What is the book about?
Round Is A Mooncake, A Book of Shapes, explores the shapes of Asian and universal objects in a young girls’ urban neighborhood. The Mooncake app retains the charm and simplicity of the print version while introducing interactive features on the mobile digital platform. Touch the mouse, cat, crickets, abacus and more to find all the hidden sounds in the app.

Why is it special?
Originally published by Chronicle Books, an independent publisher of distinctive books, Round Is A Mooncake, A Book of Shapes, is a multi-cultural gem of a book. Bright, whimsical art accompanies narrative rhyme and a short glossary adds cultural significance to the objects featured in the book. The author, Roseanne Thong, and the illustrator, Grace Lin (2010 Newbery Honor recipient), have both won numerous awards for their work.

What’s in it for me?
PicPocket Books is offering FREE DOWNLOADS FROM THE APP STORE ON FRIDAY, APRIL 2ND of Round is a Mooncake. This is the perfect time to add a bright new title to your virtual library!

App Friday Link Exchange
Do you have a family-friendly app to share, either a personal favorite or one you developed yourself? Please, post it in the link below! This way, visitors can see a variety of apps for kids and families. Include your name (with app name) in the Link Title, your email, and a URL to the app. Once you submit this in the Simply Linked form, it shows up just like example #1 in the link below. Thank you for your participation!

App Friday: iLiveMath Animals of Africa

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today we are featuring iLiveMath Animals of Africa, a collaborative educational math and zoology app for Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad – developed by iHomeEducator.

What is the game about?
The iLiveMath series blends illustrative worldly concepts with math problems, to make math interesting and applicable for kids. Abby (daughter and 6th grade product manager over at iHomeEducator) says that iLiveMath is a new way to do math that combines challenging word problems and cool pictures of African Animals. The levels include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and percentages for 1st through 6th grade math.

Why is it special?
Inspired from a family trip to a safari park after a lively conversation about animals, this app was developed jointly by the Mom, Dad and kids over at iHomeEducator. Abby describes the unique features of the app best here:

This app can also help learn not only math but what groups of animals are called. For example, did you know a group of peacocks is called a “muster”? Or a group of rhinos is called a “Crash of Rhinos”? Sure does sound familiar with the way rhinos act and the way peacocks gather. I didn’t know that until I played with the app. There can be a lot you don’t know about wild life that can be very fun.

What’s in it for me?
The folks at iHomeEducator are offering FREE DOWNLOADS FROM THE APP STORE ON FRIDAY, MARCH 26th of iLiveMath Animals of Africa. It’s Wild – so don’t miss out!

App Friday Link Exchange
Do you have an app to share, either a personal favorite or one you developed yourself? Please, post it in the link below! This way, visitors can see a variety of apps for kids and families. Include your name (with app name) in the Link Title, your email, and a URL to the app. Once you submit this in the Simply Linked form, it shows up just like example #1 in the link below. Thank you for your participation!

App Friday: My Little Suitcase


Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today we are featuring My Little Suitcase, a kids app created by three parents in Northern California.

What is the game about?
In My Little Suitcase, kids get to choose a trip, pack their stuff, and then head out to the beach, snow, camp or a sleepover. The game, intended for children ages 2 to 6, is centered on a travel theme in hopes of encouraging exploration.

Why is it special?
We like that kids choose which items to pack in their suitcase, giving them a sense of independence for their virtual trip. We also enjoy seeing their curiosity develop when they ‘replay’ a trip with a different set of items. How will the beach scene look now? How will it be the same or different from the last trip I packed? This type of experimentation spurs the ultimate goal, which is to get the kids to imagine their own trips and destinations.

What’s in it for me?
Our team would like to grow this game over time, featuring new items to pack, and new trips to explore. To get your feedback on how to make this the best possible travel game for kids, we are offering FREE DOWNLOADS FROM THE APP STORE ON FRIDAY, MARCH 19th. So go ahead, give it a whirl and let us know what you think.

App Friday Link Exchange
Do you have an app to share, either a personal favorite or one you developed yourself? Please, post it in the link below! This way, visitors can see a variety of apps for kids and families. Include your name (with app name) in the Link Title, your email, and a URL to the app. I’ll go ahead and post the first example of an app we’ve been using a lot lately – Arithmaroo!