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!

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!