The Jellybean Tunes App Report: Volume 21

Welcome to the 21st weekly app report, collecting news and product announcements from the members of the Moms With Apps network. Before we get to the apps this week, I’d like to highlight a couple of new projects designed to help parents find good apps.

First, AppStar Picks is an app catalog for children’s apps. So what sets it apart from other catalogs? It takes the top picks from veteran review sites that you are likely already familiar with, including Fun Educational Apps, Digital Storytime, Applicable2U and Teachers with Apps and presents them in a colorful and easy to use app.

Second, APPraisal (on Facebook) is “… looking for parents and educators who enjoy receiving promo codes for apps. In turn, an honest review must be written in iTunes in a timely fashion. This is one way we can show our support and our thanks to the developers and their apps.”

As both a parent and a developer I know how hard it is to find apps, which is why this App Report exists, so it is great to see these additional efforts. I’m also happy to say we have another diverse collection of apps to share with you this week.

Apps for Little Ones: Recognize musical instruments with Accelerated Learning. Join in on the Voyages of Professor Pelican. Sing along with My 1st Songs Collection. Learn numbers with Learn to Count.

Books: We’re happy to have a pair of titles from Pickpocket Books this week: Super Harry’s Rotten Luck and Choco Gets a Check Up. AppBooks brings an app version of The Waterhole by Graeme Base (New and Noteworthy in Australia). Make sense of the world with Striding Bird, learn about our senses with Doctor W and meet the Honeycomb family with HoneyComb & The Little Mouse.

Creative Play: Bring drawings to life with Magic Doodles. Make up funny fellows with Character Creations. Scary Story Kit (ages 9+) will enhance your storytelling sessions with spooky images and sounds.

Math: Learn multiplication to stop the Invasion of the Moon Monkeys.

Chess: Yes, chess. Chess Academy for Kids teaches basic moves and strategy.

Games: Janes Chalkboard Games 2 includes five new games and is available on the iPad, Nook, Kindle Fire and on Google Play.

Parents: Keep track of all of the little family details with Family & Friends. Scan barcodes to keep track of the physical books your child reads with iReadIt.

DoInk Animation and Drawing has been awarded an Editor’s Choise from Children’s Technology Review. The hard working developers behind Sight Words Hangman, iLuv Drawing Animals and Janes ABCs 123s have all updated their apps with new content. Fraction Math has become a universal app, and the incredibly popular Noodle Words is now available for the iPhone.

Parents, please take a moment to read the iTunes app descriptions, and to screen the apps you download, to fully understand the features and elements in the app. If you find an app you like, remember to write a review.

– Garry Froehlich | Jellybean Tunes

Books

Striding Bird - An Interactive Tale Striding Bird – An Interactive Tale by Comicorp: Join Striding Bird as he struggles to make sense of the world around him. Follow his footsteps in self discovery and engage in his journey to discover the true meaning of happiness and self-identity. (Watch Video) iPad
Doctor W Doctor W by PipilApps: Welcome to the interactive book of Dr. W. The Mysterious Case of the Missing Sense! In this adventure you will have to help the Doctor to find the missing sense, mysteriously disappeared , and with your active contribution on every page of this amazing adventure, learn more about the human body senses , and enjoy this fascinating search for the sensibilities. iPad
Super Harry Super Harry by PicPocket Books: Have you ever had a day – or a WEEK – of rotten luck? Harry can’t believe how one boy could have so much rotten luck. So he decides to do something about it…with surprising results. Super Harry’s Rotten Luck is a funny and uplifting tale about how changing your actions can change your luck! iPhone, iPad
The Waterhole The Waterhole by AppBooks: The original book, The Waterhole by Graeme Base, is an ingenious fusion of counting book, puzzle book, storybook and art book – an exhilarating journey of discovery from the plains of Africa and the jungles of the Amazon to the woodlands of North America and the desert of outback Australia. Our App brings Graeme’s wonderful art to digital life with an animated read through and an array of games to challenge and delight kids and adults alike. iPad
Choco Gets A Check Up Choco Gets A Check Up by PicPocket Books: Choco is a little brown pet bunny who loves to learn and do new things. Today, though, Choco has to do something that makes him a bit nervous. He has to go … to the doctor! This whimsical photo book will ease the fears of any child as they join Choco on a visit to Dr. Poppi in his cabin in the woods. Photo pages of a real check-up and a story line based on Fry’s Instant Words add meaning and educational value to the beautiful photos of Choco and his friends. iPhone, iPad
HoneyComb & The Little Mouse HoneyComb & The Little Mouse by Marcio Morais: Meet the HoneyComb Family and their magic adventures. These tiny characters have wings on their feet and magical little antennas, and they are always ready to help their friends and entertain the children. Suitable for children in preschool age, this adventure shows solidarity and team spirit. A great history for anyone who loves sweets, pies and candies. iPad

Catalogs

AppStar Picks AppStar Picks by AppGrade: AppStar Picks is a collection of over 250 top picks apps for kids reviewed and tested by well-established independent review sites. It offers a large selection of curated apps for kids of all ages – from toddlers to teenagers. AppStar Picks is specifically designed to allow parents, grandparents, teachers and carers to easily find the best apps for kids available via a friendly interface and an amazing smart search engine. iPhone and iPad

Education

Multiplication: Invasion of the Moon Monkeys Multiplication: Invasion of the Moon Monkeys by EduGame UK: The Moon Monkeys are multiplying, it’s time to turn the tables! Test your multiplication skills to the limit as you battle to save the world in a thrilling arcade style invasion adventure you just won’t want to stop playing! iPhone and iPad
Accelerated Learning - Flashing - Musical Instruments Accelerated Learning – Flashing – Musical Instruments by Mercury Learning Systems LLC: Imagine your child able to instantly remember then accurately recall hundreds of objects, their names and unique facts about them with lightning speed. This app focusses on musical instruments. iPad
The voyages of Professor Pelican The voyages of Professor Pelican by mobix e.K.: Join the inquisitive Professor Pelican on his journeys around the world. Whether it is a farmyard, old temple ruins in the jungle or a valley in the African savannah, Professor Pelican enjoys every new place, finds interesting animals everywhere and loves to listen to the animal sounds … by day and even by night. iPhone and iPad
Chess Academy for Kids by Geek Kids Chess Academy for Kids by Geek Kids by Next is Great: Designed for children ages 5 – 99 who want to learn basic moves & strategy and challenge their friends and parents in chess duels, Chess Academy teaches chess in an engaging, step-by-step rewarding way where learning is well balanced with practice. iPhone and iPad
Magic Doodles HD Magic Doodles HD by G S Phinest: Magic Doodles is an innovative doodling application for kids where doodles you draw come to life with magic.
Kids will be amazed when their drawings come to life with animation and sound effects. (Watch Video) iPad

Entertainment

Character Creations Character Creations by Dave Baxter: Do you like using your imagination to create funny characters? Download Character Creations, using a simple drag and drop interface you can create all the funny looking characters you want. You can then email the characters you have created to your friends or post them on Facebook. (Watch Video) iPhone and iPad

Games

JANES Chalkboard Games 2 HD JANES Chalkboard Games 2 HD by JANES Works Co.: Following in the footsteps of the bestselling Chalkboard Games HD, Chalkboard Games 2 HD brings you 5 more classic games all in a single app. It is “chalk”-full of hours of fun with five classic games all in one app, including: Code Breaker (like Mastermind), Apple Speller (Hangman with a twist), Copycat (like Simon, the classic electronic game), Leapfrog (like Marble Solitaire), and Tic Tac Gobble (Tic Tac Toe with a twist). Except for Leapfrog, all of the games come with 2-player as well as 1-player modes. iPad, Android, Nook, Amazon
My 1st Songs Collection My 1st Songs Collection by Pixel Interactive: From the multimedia team of Pixel Interactive and A-Star comes this fully animated collection of lovely nursery songs that touch on nursery themes like garden, my body, occupations plus favs like ‘Do your ears hang low, Incey Wincey Spider and a touching Cabin Song. (Watch Video) iPhone, iPad
Learn To Count for iPhone Learn To Count by Pixel Interactive: What better way for children to learn counting than through rhymes and songs. This cheerful and heart-warming collection will get every child learning to count. Hidden from children who are having fun singing or reciting is the pedagogy that lays the foundation for multiplication skills. While children are counting in two’s and three’s, they are actually learning to multiply without realising it! (Watch Video) iPhone, iPad

Productivity

Family & Friends Family & Friends by Vesta Software, LLC: Families are filled with details. Organize and keep track of them with Family & Friends. Family & Friends uses a clean, easy to use drag & swipe interface. Minimal use of buttons, just use your finger to swipe and drag your way through the app. Track birthdays, clothing sizes, medications, contact information, favorite foods and more. iPhone

Utilities

Scary Story Kit Scary Story Kit by Comicorp: Bring traditional storytelling to the 21st century with a toolkit for creating extraordinary scary story telling experiences! Create and edit pictures, select from a range of sounds and use a dynamic screen light that reacts to your voice. NOTE: rated ages 9+ (Watch Video) iPhone
iReadIt iReadIt by coderighter: iReadIt helps parents easily keep track of the books their child reads. By simply scanning the book’s ISBN barcode on the back of the book, you can start adding books to their reading list. After adding a book, you can track and rate the books. iReadIt will show you trends and opportunities for challenges (and rewards) in your child’s reading habits. iPhone

App News

Sight Words Hangman by Marcel Widarto: updated with new flash card mode, difficulty levels, and the ability to view details of all games played. iPhone and iPad
The Gift: An Interactive Storybook by Persian Cat Press: now available in a lite version. iPhone and iPad
DoInk Animation & Drawing by DK Pictures, Inc.: was awarded the Editor’s Choice Award in the latest issue (March) of Children’s Technology Review. iPhone and iPad
iLuv Drawing Animals by MyVijan LLC: adds the ability to print your drawings, adds animated thumbnails, and removes Facebook and share with us buttons. iPad
JANES ABCs 123s by JANES Works Co.: upated to include a brand-new ABC song as well as the addition of a Color song. iPhone and iPad, Android, Nook, Kindle
Fraction Math by Esa Helttula: now a universal app for both the iPhone and iPad
Noodle Words by NoodleWorks: now available for the iPhone (available March 14, 2012), also available for iPad

The Jellybean Tunes App Report: Volume 20

The App Report, our weekly collection of product announcements and news from the members of the Moms With Apps network, turns 20 today and we’ve reported on over 300 apps so far. Are we resting on our laurels? Not a chance. Let’s see what we have this week.

Early Learning: My A-Z by Night & Day Studios gives you a way to create custom alphabet cards (and was chosen as New and Noteworthy by Apple). Learn to tell time with the Bubbimals, the names of tools with Accelerated Learning, and the names of animals with Animal Tiles. Sing your numbers with Over in the Meadow.

Hashi Khushi takes the classic book for learning the Bengali alphabet and translates it into an app.

Literacy: Sound Sort Blends introduces children to blending letter sounds.

Books: We have our first eBook this week entitled “eReading: The Best Thing” teaching Dolch sight words. Sam and Ben celebrates our differences and similarities. My Colorful Life tells a story through color. It’s Time for Carrots makes me want to eat vegetables, and The Lost Gorilla inserts your child into an African adventure.

Creative Play: Draw and Tell by Duck Duck Moose brings together drawing tools, stickers, animation and voice recording (also chosen as New and Noteworthy by Apple). Felt Board by Software Smoothie lets kids create characters and use props to tell an endless array of stories.

Photos: Dollar Dogs intriguingly promises to insert fun 3D animations into your camera view.

In other news, Murky Reef from Frolyc is now available as a series of apps organized by subject and grade level. StudyPad has a lite version of their popular Splash Math 4th grade worksheets.

Parents, please take a moment to read the iTunes app descriptions, and to screen the apps you download, to fully understand the features and elements in the app. If you find an app you like, remember to write a review.

– Garry Froehlich | Jellybean Tunes

Books

Sam and Ben Sam and Ben by InteractBooks LLC: Sam and Ben are twins, which means they were once squished together inside their mama’s belly. But that doesn’t mean they are like two peas in a pod. They look different, they act differently and when they see the same object their imaginations take off in different directions! Beautifully illustrated, this book about twin brothers celebrates their differences as well as their similarities. (Watch Video) iPhone and iPad
My Colourful Life My Colourful Life by Glitch Games: Experience life in a whole new way; through the eyes of a unique boy named Jack! Contains multiple modes: story, play and learning. Includes interactive objects, puzzles minigames and lexical and phoenetic learning elements. (Watch Video) iPad
It's Time for Carrots It’s Time for Carrots by InteractBooks LLC: ‘It’s Time For Carrots’ is the first interactive picture book in the ‘Grandpa Joe and Rufus’ series and shows just how easy and how much fun it is to grow carrots. Engendering a healthy desire in young children to eat vegetables as part of their everyday diet is notoriously difficult but now thanks to everyone’s favourite grandpa and his dog healthy food is back on the menu. (Watch Video) iPhone and iPad
The Lost Gorilla - Mom, It's Me!™ The Lost Gorilla – Mom, It’s Me! by My Digital Photo Story: This is our best book yet! This time the magical kite will take your child to an adventure in Africa – helping a baby gorilla find her parents. Your child will need to spot the different animals hiding in each page before eventually reaching the parents gorillas. All of the this embedded in a fun story in which your child is the star! (Watch Video) iPhone and iPad
eReading: The Best Thing eReading: The Best Thing by eReadingbook: The story is of a prince who is on a quest to find the best thing in the kingdom in order to take it back to his father, the old king. This multi-sensory story uses ALL the 220 Dolch sight words and includes animation, individual word highlighting, easy to read text, unique illustrations with contextual clues, and comprehension questions. This eReading iBook teaches children sight words, especially children who prefer visual, auditory, and kinesthetic experiences. This is a book for the iBooks app on the iPad.

Education

Animal Tiles for Kids Animal Tiles for Kids by Apps and Kids: If you want your child to learn recognizing patterns, practice problem solving and coordinate their little fingers better, than Animal Tiles for Kids is a game to have. Collecting the scattered tiles, your kids will learn different animals, hear the sounds they make and will surely have lots of fun. iPhone and iPad
Accelerated Learning - Flashing - Tools and Instruments Accelerated Learning – Flashing – Tools and Instruments by Mercury Learning Systems LLC: Imagine your child able to instantly remember then accurately recall hundreds of objects, their names and unique facts about them with lightning speed. This app focusses on tools. iPad
Draw and Tell - by Duck Duck Moose Draw and Tell – by Duck Duck Moose by Duck Duck Moose: Draw and Tell is a drawing app for kids of all ages. Draw or color, add stickers, then talk about your drawing and create an animation! Your memories and voice recording will be saved with your drawing. (Watch Video) iPhone, iPad
My A-Z My A-Z by Night & Day Studios, Inc.: My A-Z is designed to be a way for kids (and families) to create and customize their own alphabet cards. The app includes a basic set of words and fun illustrations. Kids can build upon these basics by making their own cards by choosing the words and colors, taking pictures, and recording sounds from their environment for each letter. iPhone
Sound Sort Blends Sound Sort Blends by JFK4SDK: This game introduces kid to blending by matching pictures to the letters or blending sounds shown. The app automatically saves each child’s name and where they left off, so when they return, they resume play quickly. Teachers will love this app since it allows them to set up ten student names per device. iPhone
Felt Board Felt Board by Software Smoothie: Felt Board for the iPad is inspired by actual felt boards used by children, teachers and storytellers worldwide. Create characters by selecting skin color, hair and facial features. Choose from a wide variety of costumes, settings and props for hours of magical make believe play. And because it is an app, the pieces will never get lost. iPad
Tell the Time with Bubbimals Tell the Time with Bubbimals by Playerthree: This easy to use app features cute speaking-clock audio in a child’s voice alongside fun, rewarding, visual feedback from the cute animated Bubbimals, encouraging your child to learn to tell the time. Parents can easily see how well their child is learning to read the time, understand clock faces, and interactively set the clock’s hands. iPhone and iPad
Hashi Khushi Hashi Khushi by NabaUnmesh Knowledge Services Pvt. Ltd.: We at Naba Unmesh India have developed an educational iPhone app to make kids learn Bengali alphabet(South East Asian, India). See your toddler touch the alphabets and how they animate and the rhyme text is played out with rich and colorful images. A cool game of “drag-and-drop” that will help your child recognize the alphabets and learn the pronunciation. (Watch Video) iPhone

Games

Over In The Meadow: Sing Your Numbers Over In The Meadow: Sing Your Numbers by Tiger Stripes LLC: Over In The Meadow is an Early Learning app for ages 1-5. Learn numbers through song with over 5 immersive scenes that follow the classic nursery song plus educational counting and matching games. Songs and Music were professionally recorded for this app.(Watch Video) iPhone and iPad

Photo and Video

Dollar Dogs 3D Creative Photos and Camera Dollar Dogs 3D Creative Photos and Camera by Jadaplay: Dollar Dogs is a photo taking and sharing app for kids of all ages. Unlike all other photo apps, Dollar Dogs fills the camera view with fun 3D animations and augmented reality, so photo taking becomes more playful and fun. While composing a photo, open up the drawer and drag fun 3D objects on to the screen to take photos of your friends and family. iPhone and iPad

App News

Murky Reef by Frolyc: now available as a series of apps by subject and grade. The content in the apps are aligned with Common Core Standards at each grade level. All of these apps are for the iPad. Murky Reef – English Language Arts for Grade 1, Murky Reef – English Language Arts for Grade 2, Murky Reef – Math for Grade 1, Murky Reef – Math & Logic for Grade 2, Complete Version containing content from all the other apps
4th Grade Math: Splash Math Worksheets App by StudyPad, Inc. now available in a lite version. iPad

The Jellybean Tunes App Report: Volume 19

Welcome to the 19th installment of the App Report, our weekly collection of product announcements and news from the members of the Moms With Apps network. We break the apps out into categories to easier to find ones you may like.

Early Learning: Shapes Circus, Toddler Time!, Accelerated Learning and The Farm Animals are all here to teach about shapes and animals. Kids Trucks introduces letters, numbers and colors with a truck theme. Learn all about the alphabet with Small abc.

Literacy: Build figures out of animals and learn how to spell with Happipets. Practice reading and learn about nature in Polar Bear Horizon from Oceanhouse Media and the Smithsonian Oceanic Collection. Learn basic reading skills with Sight Words Flash Cards.

Math: Math Rat introduces adding and subtracting.

Art: Learn painting with Momalo, or learn about symmetry while creating snowflakes in Snowflake Station.

Science: Find fossils and learn All About Dinosaurs with the Cat in the Hat and Oceanhouse Media.

Parents: Turn your iPad or iPhone into a baby monitor with Baby Monitor 3G.

Parents, please take a moment to read the iTunes app descriptions, and to screen the apps you download, to fully understand the features and elements in the app. If you find an app you like, remember to write a review.

– Garry Froehlich | Jellybean Tunes

Books

Polar Bear Horizon - Smithsonian Oceanic Collection Polar Bear Horizon – Smithsonian Oceanic Collection by Oceanhouse Media: It’s early spring at the top of the world and snow stretches to the horizon and beyond. Polar Bear and her two cubs are growing hungry after spending the cold winter months in their den. When they emerge, Polar Bear checks for danger and waits for the cubs to acclimate to the ice. Learn about their long and dangerous journey to sea as this arctic adventure unfolds. How will Polar Bear find food and protect her hungry cubs? iPhone and iPad, Android

Education

Shapes Circus for Toddlers Shapes Circus for Toddlers by Lizz Campbell: From five shapes, your child will choose the correct match to the shape presented in the circus. After getting three in a row right, they will be rewarded with a sticker which they can use to create their own scene in the Circus Tent. Each screen is accompanied by wonderful circus music and sound effects. All of this combined with the colorful and fun artwork will make learning shapes as much fun as going to the circus! iPhone
Oh Say Can You Say Di-No-Saur? - All About Dinosaurs Oh Say Can You Say Di-No-Saur? – All About Dinosaurs by Oceanhouse Media: Put on your digging caps and join the Cat in the Hat on an expedition millions of years back in time to find dinosaur fossils. Then travel to the modern day Super Dino Museum, where you’ll discover amazing facts and stunning visuals of some of your favorite dinosaurs! iPhone and iPad
Momalo Momalo by Peter Druska: MOMALO represents a one of kind way how to learn painting with the iPad, both for kids and adults. By using down-home templates you learn how to mix colours thanks to their mutual overlapping. Broaden the perception of your kids, refine your attention, single-mindedness, creativity and imagination. iPad
MathRat MathRat by boaneo: The Math Rat teaches kids to count and do simple math. Through six levels of difficulty, the child is introduced to counting, adding, subtracting and larger/smaller than. Success is rewarded with medals and virtual candy, but watch out for the rat – He is sneaking around trying to steal your goodies and will if you don’t tap him quickly. iPad
Toddler Time! 3 Toddler Time! 3 by Picoman Games: With fun animations, high quality images, professional voice talent and easy navigation Toddler Time! 3 encourages children to repeat and copy – helping to enhance their vocabulary and knowledge. Includes musical instruments, pets, places and farm animals. iPhone
Happipets Happipets by Happi: The 1st spelling App where children can learn words by building figures using letters: move, rotate, flip, turn and resize letters and combine them to create a Lion (12 real animals included) or an Edufefeo (12 fantastic beasts included) or your own Happipet (more than 140 letters and infinite combinations). iPad
Accelerated Learning - Flashing - Animals From Around the World Accelerated Learning – Flashing – Animals From Around the World by Mercury Learning Systems LLC: Imagine your child able to instantly remember then accurately recall hundreds of objects, their names and unique facts about them with lightning speed. Children learn about common and unusual animals from around the world. Five categories of objects (separate apps): Animals From Around the World, Foods From Around the World, Sports Equipment and Games, Musical Instruments, and Tools and Instruments. iPad
Kids Trucks: Preschool Learning Kids Trucks: Preschool Learning by Scott Adelman: What is Kids Trucks: Preschool Learning? It is a lot of truck learning fun packed into one app. This app works with toddlers and preschoolers on learning their letters, numbers, colors, and shapes. It provides a lot of positive encouragement and incentives to help motivate children to learn and to feel good about their accomplishments (including celebratory fireworks!). iPhone and iPad
Sight Words Flash Cards - list of sightwords for kids in preschool, kindergarten, 1st  and 2nd grade with questions Sight Words Flash Cards – list of sightwords for kids in preschool, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade with questions by eFlashApps: Sight Words Flash Cards is designed to develop pre-reading skills such as recognizing common words by sight and sound. Sight Words Flash Cards are divided into 4 categories: Pre-primary, kindergarten, 1st grade & 2nd grade. Each grade has an accompanying Question Mode to test and enhance reading skills. iPhone and iPad
Small abc :- Fun Learning Alphabet for toddlers and preschool kids Small abc :- Fun Learning Alphabet for toddlers and preschool kids by redbytes software: Small abc as the name suggests is about small letters of the English language. The app aims at strengthening and developing visual and auditory associations with an emphasis on phonic sound while the activities section is designed to build analytical thinking and recognition skills of the child. iPad

Games

The Farm Animals The Farm Animals by Lizz Campbell: Teach your young children about farm animals and the sounds they make. Simply touch the screen to hear the sound, teaching cause and effect. Learn from the letters spelling out each animal’s name. iPhone
Snowflake Station Snowflake Station by KBooM Games: This game offers young learners a foundation to learn about symmetry, a key concept important to math, science, art and architecture. Snowflake Station encourages children to fold, cut, decorate, and display their own snowflakes on the iPad screen. Winter settings and accompanying music will add a bit of warmth on the chilliest of days. It’s all the fun of the classic classroom craft of snowflake-making, but with none of the mess. Every day can be a snow day at Snowflake Station! iPad

Lifestyle

Baby Monitor 3G Baby Monitor 3G by TappyTaps s.r.o.: Just install “Baby Monitor 3G” on two iOS devices (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch are all supported) and use them as a GENUINE Baby Monitor! One device will stay in baby’s room as the Baby Station, while the second device remains with you as the Parent Station. You will be able to hear immediately what is happening in the baby’s room, you can take photographs remotely to see whether your baby is sleeping, and you can even talk to your baby. iPhone and iPad

App News

Word Book and Puzzle Box HD by Anlock: updated to include new letter images and corrected phonics. iPad
Rocket Speller by Little Big Thinkers: updated to include more than 30 new words. iPhone and iPad
Elfishki and the Giant Cake (English + Russian) by kidsiphoneapps.net: now in English and Russian. iPad

The Jellybean Tunes App Report: Volume 18

Welcome to the 18th installment of the App Report, our weekly collection of product announcements and news from the members of the Moms With Apps network. Once again, we have a wonderfully diverse selection of apps.

Early Learning: Match pairs with Little Ace from Birds of Paradise. Playground offers up a ton of activities for young kids including matching games, puzzles and painting. Animals for Tots teaches about animals and the sounds they make.

Literacy: Rocket Speller by Little Big Thinkers and Kids Crosswords by Learning Touch use letter tiles to teach about letters, words and spelling. Oceanhouse Media offers up two new books this week, and Mobad Media has another in their Peek and Play line. We also have the books “Around the Block” for Android and “Toto and the Leopards” for iPhone/iPad.

Science: D. Bones teaches kids about the human skeleton and was recently chosen as a staff favorite by Apple.

Magazines: That’s right, a magazine app for kids! Timbuktu promises games, news, stories, and inspiring activities for the whole family.

Games: Sun Stones promises over 100 mind-bending puzzles.

Operatio has released a major update to their Multiplying Acorns app. KIDiPLAY Match also receives an update. DoReMe 1-2-3 now has a free lite version. Word Book and Puzzle Box is now available in Spanish. The incredibly popular Montessori Crosswords has crossed the 90,000 download mark and Write My Name by Injinni is New and Noteworthy (not to mention hitting number one on the US education app charts).

Parents, please take a moment to read the iTunes app descriptions, and to screen the apps you download, to fully understand the features and elements in the app. If you find an app you like, remember to write a review.

– Garry Froehlich | Jellybean Tunes

Books

Picture Me™ Cute As Can Bee Picture Me Cute As Can Bee by Oceanhouse Media: Take new pictures or add photos from your library and this app will place your children in adorable spring costumes like bumble bee, fuzzy bunny, spring flower, hunny bear and baby bird. Children will enjoy the playful sounds and interactive objects on every page as they flip through the story and see themselves (and other costumed characters) in each illustration. iPhone and iPad
Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping by Oceanhouse Media: The day before school starts, Mama takes her five little monkeys shopping for clothes. “Stay right here,” she says, “AND DON’T GO WANDERING OFF!” But one little monkey has to go to the bathroom, and two little monkeys get thirsty. Then three little monkey friends arrive, and four little monkeys decide to go help find the others. . . . Will Mama ever have all five of her little monkeys together again? iPhone and iPad, Android
Around the Block Around The Block by FatHat Games: “Around The Block” is a children’s book for ages 1-4. It tells the story of a a boy and his sister going for a walk around the block. Your child will be entertained by colorful graphics, great sound effects and a professionally recorded narration track. Find out what Nate and his sister find when they take a walk “Around The Block”. Android
The Furniture Is Alive in 3D - A Peek 'n Play Story App The Furniture Is Alive in 3D – A Peek ‘n Play Story App by Mobad Games: Imagination is a beautiful and sometimes scary thing. The childhood wonder of everyday events is explored in humorous detail in this living room adventure about confronting imaginary fears. iPhone and iPad, Mac
Toto and the Leopards Toto and the Leopards by Dipali Vaidya: Ride with Toto, the Indian auto-rickshaw and his driver Pattu as they go about solving problems, helping others and having loads of fun along the way. In this story, Toto helps a little lost leopard cub reunite with his parents and in a surprising twist, also helps the parents! iPhone and iPad

Education

Rocket Speller Rocket Speller by Little Big Thinkers: Kids join Zip the alien on an out-of-this-world spelling adventure to build a fancy new rocket. With 4 levels of difficulty, kids spell words to fuel his spaceship and help him choose the rocket pieces he needs. Correctly place letters to spell words and move through the game. Choose a rocket nose, body, and boosters. Once Zip has collected all the pieces, launch it from the launch pad and watch it soar into space! iPhone and iPad
D. Bones D. Bones by isygames: Aimed at children aged 7 years and up, D. Bones is an educational app designed to help kids reinforce and practice material learned at school about the human skeleton. The app is divided into three sections: a puzzle so users can practice placing bones in their correct location in the skeleton, a quiz to test users’ knowledge at two levels of difficulty, and supporting text that provides basic descriptions of bones. iPhone and iPad
Farfaria Farfaria by Intuary: Welcome parents and young explorers! You have discovered FarFaria, a magical place where stories live…where your child’s perfect story awaits. Discover a world of fantasies and fables! Stories of whimsy, mischief, and mystery! Explore this exciting world, this not-so-far away place, FarFaria. Access a library of stories. New stories added each week. iPad
Animals for Tots. Animated flashcards with animal sounds Animals for Tots. Animated flashcards with animal sounds by AppAnnex, LLC: The application Animals for Tots is designed to teach pre-school children the wild and domestic animals, their names, the sounds they make. Toddlers will love touching the animals and hearing them mooing and hoofing. Older children will learn to read and correctly pronounce animal’s names. iPhone and iPad
Timbuktu Timbuktu by Elena Favilli: Timbuktu is the iPad magazine for you and your children. You will find games, news, stories, inspiring activities for the whole family, videos and top quality design and illustration. Timbuktu brings you the best children content from all over the world and makes family the coolest place to be. iPad

Games

Little Ace: The Memory Game Little Ace: The Memory Game by Birds of Paradise: Check out new complimentary game in Little Ace’s series- Memory Ace! This EASY and FUN game has lots of beautiful hand-drawn pictures of characters from KIDS book for iPad “Little Ace and the Ten Commandments”. Find pairs is an excellent test for your visual memory that gets deceptively more difficult as you advance levels. You can choose between Easy, Normal or Hard level. iPhone and iPad
Playground HD Playground by Jan Essig: Together with my two children (4 + 2 years) we developed an App that contains their current favorite games. We have tried to make all games as clear and simple as possible. We have also tried to optimize those things we disliked in other games. The result is a collection of the following 10 games: collect, search images, match up, puzzle, painting (iPad only), erasing, sliding puzzle, catch, remember, and piano. iPhone, iPad, iPad Lite
Kids Crosswords Kids Crosswords by Learning Touch: Kids Crosswords from Learning Touch gets you 100 words, 10,000 puzzles, 10 levels of increasing difficulty and a million hours of educational fun for your kids! This crossword puzzle game is specially designed to teach fundamental reading and prereading concepts to children. In Kids Crosswords, your child will learn how letters correspond to sounds and how letter sounds form words. While they play, each letter tile announces its sound; when each word is completed, it is spelled out and then spoken. iPhone and iPad
Sun Stones Sun Stones by Sunstone Games: Unlock the magic of Sun Stones and discover a truly original gaming experience. Drenched in traditional Hopi sounds and visuals, Sun Stones is a delight for the senses. Use transformation, creation and destruction to solve 100+ puzzles. iPhone and iPad

App News

Multiplying Acorns HD – Tasty Math Facts by Operatio: updated with 3 quiz modes, 3 fun mini games to unlock, and very detailed statistics. iPad
DoReMi 1-2-3 by Creativity Inc.: now has a lite version. iPhone and iPad
Word Book and Puzzle Box HD by Anlock: now availble in a Spanish version. iPad, iPad Lite
Montessori Crosswords – Learn Spelling With Phonics-Enabled Alphabet and 300 Words for Kids by L’Escapadou: celebrates 90,000 downloads. iPhone and iPad
Write My Name by Injini by NCsoft: New and Noteworthy in Education. iPad
KIDiPLAY Match by Ingengo LLC: updated with over 50 new pictures and a brand new set of household sounds! iPhone and iPad

The Jellybean Tunes App Report: Volume 17

Welcome to the seventeenth installment of the App Report, our weekly collection of product announcements and news from the members of the Moms With Apps network. We break the list of apps down by topic and app store category to help you find apps that may interest you.

Early Learning: Choose from cute bugs, farm animals, trains or fairy tales to learn letters and numbers with Bug Games (from the makers of Zoo Train), Barnyard Games, Toot Toot ABC, and Lost Alphabet.

Literacy: Learn beginning reading skills with Montessori Letter Sounds, ABC Phonics, and Sight Words 2. Practice forming letters and words with Write My Name by Injinni or L-Dots. Choose a book from our full collection this week including the Green Radventures of Nico, two books from Oceanhouse Media (A Frog Thing and Treasure Island), Saving Grape-Jelly Cheeks: A Musical Garden Tail, and of course the Prisoner of Carrot Castle for those kids that just don’t like vegetables.

Science: For older kids, How to Solve – Molar Mass deals with the chemistry topic of how to calculate molar mass.

Weather: If you live in the northeastern United States and want to predict school snow days, there’s sNOw School by VB53 Ventures.

In our round up of news, Sprite Labs and Quiet Spark both have apps chosen New and Noteworthy by Apple, Garry Froehlich (that’s me!) has an app in the Denver Post, and L’Escapadou and Zen Labs both announce new versions of their popular apps.

Follow the links to find out more about each app and to determine if it is suitable for you. If you find an app you like, remember to write a review.

– Garry Froehlich | Jellybean Tunes

Books

Green Radventures of Nico: Book 1 HD Green Radventures of Nico: Book 1 HD by Snowball, LLC: Join Nico, his babysitter Hannah, and the kooky Green Minstrel as they pay a visit to the local landfill to learn about the 3 R’s of sustainability – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The Green RADventures of Nico is a completely immersive experience that teaches respect and love for the Earth by capturing childrens’ attention, emotion and interest. iPad
A Frog Thing A Frog Thing by Oceanhouse Media: Frank wasn’t satisfied doing ordinary frog things. Frank wanted to fly and he was determined to find a way. While the other frogs laughed at his unsuccessful attempts, Frank kept on flapping. He jumped and ran and leapt and dove. . . right into a friendly mother bird and her baby. Can the bird family help Frank accomplish his dreams? iPhone and iPad, Android
Treasure Island - Enchanted Tales Treasure Island – Enchanted Tales by Oceanhouse Media: When young Jim Hawkins suddenly finds himself in possession of a mysterious treasure map, he sets sail for the South Sea with his off-beat friends, Biscuit the mouse and Dickens the ship’s cat. When trouble arises, the trio barely escape the pirate’s midnight mutiny as they flea to Treasure Island – where they embark on a wild, laugh-packed quest to unearth the buried doubloons before the bumbling buccaneers beat them to it! iPhone and iPad
Saving Grape-Jelly Cheeks Saving Grape-Jelly Cheeks: A Musical Garden Tail by Nicola Furlong and Glynne Turner: Your child’s first interactive musical! Little Grape-Jelly Cheeks needs your help so skip into the garden, laugh, sing along and have fun finding the interactive surprises, songs and animations on every page.
iPhone and iPad (Requires Interactive Touch Books App)
The Prisoner of Carrot Castle The Prisoner of Carrot Castle by Purple Carrot Books: Grab your cape and join the fun! Aiden is just an ordinary kid-loves costume play, watching clouds pass by, seeing castles in the sky… and he doesn’t like vegetables. In “The Prisoner of Carrot Castle” Aiden’s imagination transports him to a far away place where he finds himself a prisoner in a cell made of carrots. What will he do? Must he face the angry King? Will his hate for vegetables get him in trouble? Come along and help Aiden as he tries to escape from Carrot Castle.
iPad

Education

Montessori Letter Sounds HD Montessori Letter Sounds HD by Les Trois Elles Interactive: “Montessori Letter Sounds” to get your child on the road to reading. Based on the Montessori method, Montessori Letter Sounds works in 4 steps. From the age of 3: “I spy” to play sound games. Around 4 years old: “Letter sounds” to memorize the letter sounds and shapes. Between 4 and 5 years old: “Mix and match” to bring together the two first steps. Around 4 1/2 years old: “Sound it out” to write their first words using a moveable alphabet. iPad
HowToSolve - Molar Mass HowToSolve – Molar Mass by Carl Zorn: Molar Mass is part of a series of self-paced educational apps where we focus on learning how to solve specific types of problems in science commonly presented in middle school, high school, or college. In this app, we deal with the chemistry topic of how to calculate molar mass. iPad
ABC Phonics Make a Word Free - Short Vowel App for Kindergarten and First Grade kids ABC Phonics Make a Word Free – Short Vowel App for Kindergarten and First Grade kids by Abitalk: Phonics Make A Word includes five different phonics short vowels groups. Each group has about 30 CVC words so there are about 150 words included in the game. The app support multiple user accounts and report cards. There are awards and bonus game to encourage child to play and learn. iPad
L-Dots L-Dots by Awesomeness: L-Dots will help your child learn to identify and write letters and numbers in a fun, safe, and intuitive 3D environment. Connect the L-dots to create uppercase letters and numbers. Interactive sounds are played for each letter and number, as well as phonics for the letters so that your child can learn to associate the sounds with the letters. iPhone and iPad
Sight Words 2 : 140+ learn to read flashcards and games app for kids! Sight Words 2 : 140+ learn to read flashcards and games app for kids! by eFlashApps: Introducing Sight Words 2 with word bingo! All new words in this comprehensive sight words app with multiple games. This app is designed to educate and entertain 1st and 2nd graders, Pre-Schoolers, Kindergarteners! iPhone and iPad
Toot Toot ABC Toot Toot ABC by GamesLabApps: Toot Toot ABC is an interactive learning adventure where young children can enjoy an introduction to the alphabet, numbers and a range of wacky animals as they journey along with the Toot Toot trains. The game features 3 distinct modes, including an alphabet adventure, a counting adventure and finally an exciting train race. Kids can pick their favourite train to use with each mode, or give all three a go! iPhone and iPad
Write My Name by Injini Write My Name by Injini by NCsoft: Write My Name supports children ages 4 through 6 to learn how to write their name, trace uppercase and lowercase letters, and write over 100 familiar sight/Dolch words. With Injini’s tracing engine, children are given the support they need to learn how to write letters and words using the correct sequence and strokes without frustration or errors. Building motor-muscular memory is a key component to writing and children will enjoy developing their handwriting skills by playing Write My Name. iPad
Lost Alphabet Lost Alphabet by FounDreams: “Once upon a time, the Alphabet lived in a mysterious castle in Fairyland. But one day, a wicked witch decided to steal it…” So begins the journey through Fairyland. Your child will travel through this wonderful place, search for the lost letters and return all of them to the castle. The rules are simple: collect all the letters which the witch has hidden all over Fairyland and put each letter in its place. You can find letters everywhere, from Little Red Riding Hood’s glade or at Mermaid Creek. iPad

Games

Bug Games - by Busy Bee Preschool Bug Games – by Busy Bee Preschool by Busy Bee Studios: From the makers of the hit preschool app Zoo Train! Bug Games is a collection of fun-filled learning games featuring bees, butterflies, ants, worms and all the cute critters that little kids love. Help the ant colony build their underground tunnel, count numbers with the connect-the-dots spider, play a song with the musical cricket trio, build words with your busy bee friends to release the butterfly from its chrysalis, plus lots of sticker rewards to keep kids engaged! iPhone, iPad
Barnyard Games For Kids Barnyard Games For Kids by Kevin Bradford: Features 8 different mini-games to help kids learn counting, colors, shapes, and also keeps them entertained with fun barnyard animals and sounds. The app is free to download and play the first 2 games; if your kids enjoy it you may unlock the other 6 games through an in-app purchase. iPhone and iPad

Weather

sNOw School sNOw School by VB53 Ventures: sNOw School is the only app that uses live weather forecasts and historical school-specific data to provide the most accurate prediction of having a snow day at YOUR SCHOOL. Currently, the app predicts for thousands of public schools (listed by DISTRICT), private schools, and colleges in the Boston, NYC, NJ, Philly, Baltimore, DC, and Upstate NY regions. We are constantly perfecting our data adding schools and regions, so if you don’t see your school listed let us know and check back soon! iPhone and iPad, Android, Amazon

App News

Paint FX : Photo Effects Editor by Sprite Labs: is featured “New and Noteworthy” and Apple added it to their “App Store Essentials for Camera and Photography” curated list of apps. iPhone and iPad
Super Speller: Create Your Own Spelling Tests by Quiet Spark: is New and Noteworthy in Education. iPad
Jellybean Jigsaws A to Z by Garry Froehlich (Jellybean Tunes): featured in the Denver Post. iPhone and iPad
Kid-Capsule : Family Event Journal by Zen Labs LLC: new update that centers mainly on the addition of 3 new scrapbook style layouts to the popular event and milestone photo sharing feature. iPhone
Montessori Words by L’Escapadou: now available on Android and Amazon

The Jellybean Tunes App Report: Volume 16

This week the App Report turns 16. As always, we bring you the latest app news and announcements from the industrious developers in the Moms With Apps network.

Early Learning: Kids Fun offers 70 games from puzzles to matching games to stickers. Kids 1st Shape Puzzle teaches letters, numbers and words in Hebrew and English. Kids Picture Dictionary offers hundreds of pictures and images to build vocabulary. Create My Own Flash Cards offers parents the opportunity to personalized flash cards. Fun Street Intl lets kids explore a virtual neighborhood in multiple languages.

Literacy: Reading Raven promises step-by-step reading lessons for young children. Why not use those reading skills with a selection of books including a Dr. Suess book colleciton, Juliette and the Shiny Red Balloon or 12 Chefs?

Math: This week, Brainstars offers two apps for learning math skills, Math- Middle School and Math 3.

Entertainment: Valentines day is coming up fast and Weiner Family Studios has a Valentines Coloring Book for the occasion. Can you find the secret to make hearts fly?

Click on the links to find out more about each app and to determine if it is suitable for you. If you find an app you like, remember to write a review.

– Garry Froehlich | Jellybean Tunes

Books

Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #1 Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #1 by Oceanhouse Media: The Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #1 contains five exciting Dr. Seuss titles for young readers. Enjoy The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, The FOOT Book, Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? and Fox In Socks all in one omBook! iPhone and iPad
Juliette and the Shiny Red Balloon Juliette and the Shiny Red Balloon by Long Weekend LLC: Join little Juliette as she chases monkeys, sings with birds and slides down rainbows. 90% of our proceeds go to the Tyler Foundation, supporting families of children with cancer. iPad
12 chefs FULL HD 12 chefs by Squeaky Oak: “12 chefs” is a Coloring Book. There are riddles in the book solving which, children can learn some profession. In the spirit of Soviet literature, we present to you a translation of Twelve Chefs, a very short children’s story by D. Kharms. iPhone and iPad, Lite (iPad only)

Education

BrainStars: Math - Middle School BrainStars: Math – Middle School by BrainStars: Practice essential math skills with this fun app! The practice levels self-correct, and the test levels provide correctness scores. Seven different activities practice seven vital middle school math concepts. Completely NCTM aligned. Developed by a math teacher! iPhone
BrainStars: Math 3 BrainStars: Math 3 by BrainStars: Seven different activities practice seven vital third grade math concepts. Completely NCTM aligned. Developed by a math teacher! iPhone
Create My Own Flash Cards Create My Own Flash Cards by Fun To Learn Apps: Create flash cards that make sense to the next generation. This application lets you design the flash cards to inspire your children. This is great for when you play, when you travel, or even when you just stay at home. You can just take a picture of everyday material, put it in the flash card and teach your baby with your own voice. iPhone
A Valentines Coloring Book A Valentines Coloring Book by Weiner Family Studios: If your kids are looking for a fun way to decorate this Valentines try coloring a large variety of pictures including Cupid, love birds, teddy bears, original designs. It’s perfect for kids 4-8 but older kids have a blast with it too. CAN YOU FIND THE SECRET TO MAKE HEARTS FLY??? iPhone and iPad
Kids Picture Dictionary : an educational app for kids in Preschool, Kindergarten, First-grade and ESL! Learn words and make sentences with fun record tool! Kids Picture Dictionary : an educational app for kids in Preschool, Kindergarten, First-grade and ESL! Learn words and make sentences with fun record tool! by eFlashApps: eFlash Kids Picture Dictionary features over 650 high quality images with text and voiceovers. Parents or kids can repeat the sentences or make their own sentences by using the fun self-record tool! Complexity of words is perfect for ages 3 to 6 so two or more young siblings can play together and even teach eachother! iPhone and iPad
Fun Street Intl Fun Street Intl by BASHO & friends: FUN STREET INTERNATIONAL is a musical, multimedia edugame that allows kids to explore new languages and cultures in a safe and fun virtual neighborhood. Kids select a game language and instructional language and then explore the neighborhood for fun, educational activities and music videos. iPhone and iPad
Reading Raven For iPad Reading Raven For iPad by Early Ascent, LLC: Reading Raven is a learn-to-read educational game that provides step-by-step reading lessons designed to help young children build a solid foundation for reading. We have designed our lessons as reading adventures where each lesson has its own unique cast of characters and themed games. With Reading Raven, children learn naturally while being challenged and stimulated in a setting that is extremely playful and fun. iPad

Games

Kids Fun, more than 70 games and activities to play, create, observe, learn and have fun! Kids Fun, more than 70 games and activities to play, create, observe, learn and have fun! by toomanyscreens: Puzzles, matching, coloring, memory, hide-and-seek, dot-to-dot, spot the differences, stickers, mixed animals and a sound picture book. More than 70 activities and numerous surprises that will give your children hours and hours of fun, entertainment and discovery time! iPad
Kids 1st shape puzzle – learn animals, alphabets, numbers Kids 1st shape puzzle – learn animals, alphabets, numbers by Gil Weiss: Learn Hebrew and English first words. Place the pieces correctly on the puzzle to hear the word and sound – animal’s sounds, transportation sounds, letters, numbers, and more. iPad

App News

Little Star Piano by Fun To Learn Apps: now allows the player to email their best performances of the tunes to their friends and family, plus adds support for Chinese, German and Korean. iPhone
Doink by DK Pictures, Inc.: a recommended app for teachers at Apps in Education. iPad
Lil Sub ABC – Learn to Spell Sea Animals and Beach Toys by Jill Pestka: updated with an all new compass effect that lets little explorers move the sub from side to side!! iPad
2×2=4 by Aplemakh Bros: updated with the ability to specify the maximum number in the times tables to allow for different levels of learning. iPhone and iPad

The Jellybean Tunes App Report: Volume 15

Welcome to the 15th installment of the App Report featuring family friendly apps made by the developers belonging to the Moms With Apps network. Once again, we’re going to group the apps by objective and then list them by their app store categories to make it easier to find the app that fits your needs.

Early Learning: Build word recognition skills with Card Match. Play vehicle themed games with My First App Vehicles. Play with digital stickers and create stories with Buildo Museum Sticker Book. Practice foundational math skills with SimpleSort:Counting.

Literacy: Read about The Adventures of Robin Hood or Rainbow Crow. Practice chinese with easy chinese writing.

Math: Practice basic math skills with Balloon Blast Math.

Apps for Older Kids: Electric Eggplant asks, “Who are my real friends?” in Middle School Confidential 2. Create custom messages with pictures and animation with Doink Express.

Entertainment: Play with sound using BeBob’s Sound Contraption.

Click on the links to find out more about each app and to determine if it is suitable for you. If you find an app you like, remember to write a review.

– Garry Froehlich | Jellybean Tunes

Books

The Adventures of Robin Hood SD The Adventures of Robin Hood by So Ouat (Chocolapps): In England, a long long time ago, Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham were starving the people with their heavy taxes. Robin Hood a loyal servant of King Richard the Lionheart was outraged by this injustice and became the legendary outlaw of Sherwood Forest. With the help of his band of merry men and Maid Marian, he saves Richard the Lionheart and restores order throughout the Kingdom. iPhone, iPad
Rainbow Crow Rainbow Crow by Emantras Inc (Punflay): This Native American story is all about beauty, sacrifice, and courage. It tells the story of Rainbow Crow who was chosen to go to the Creator and plead with him to undo the creation of snow. But was it possible for it to be undone? What did the Creator say and what happened to Rainbow Crow’s beautiful feathers? Read the story to discover Rainbow Crow’s courageous mission. iPad

Education

Buildo Museum Sticker Book Buildo Museum Sticker Book by JAJDO AB: The Buildo story continues! The Buildo Museum app is JAJDO’s attempt to turn your kids into cultural monsters. Watch ’em play around and create their own stories with more than 100 stickers in the Buildo Museum sticker book! iPhone and iPad
SimpleSort:Counting SimpleSort:Counting by KidsAndBeyond, LLC.: Ms. Clever Cloud is back! This time, she needs help counting, sorting, adding, ordering, and comparing numbers! Can you use your math skills and help her? iPad
Balloon Blast Math Balloon Blast Math by Boden Software: The goal of the game is to answer as many problems as you can in 60 seconds. The more you answer correctly, the higher your score! But be careful, if you answer a problem incorrectly, you lose points. The higher your skill level, the more points you can earn! iPhone
ABC Phonics Butterfly Long Vowels - First Grade Second Grade Learning Game ABC Phonics Butterfly Long Vowels by Abitalk: ABC Phonics Butterfly Long Vowels includes five different long vowel sounds: A, E, I , O , U. Your child can pick any two long vowel sounds to play. There are two flower pots that represent two different long vowel sounds. The butterfly carries the heart with the word on it and finds the matching vowel sound flower pot to drop the heart. iPad
Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind by Electric Eggplant: Middle school social drama can flare up without warning and turn your world upside down. At times like this, you may wonder, “Who are my real friends?” Based on the second book in the award-winning Middle School Confidential series, Real Friends vs. the Other Kind follows Jack, Jen, Chris, Abby, Mateo, and Michelle from the first app as they forge friendships and navigate tough social situations. They run into relationship issues such as making friends, resolving disputes, and dealing with gossip, exclusion, and cyberbullying. iPad
easy chinese writing (traditional)- I write chinese easy chinese writing by Uniproducts Company Ltd: easy chinese writing is an app designed to show users how to write Chinese characters stroke by stroke and direction by direction. The app is suitable for any beginners from kids to any age who is new to Chinese learning as well as for those who want to enhance their Chinese-writing techniques. iPad – Traditional Writing, iPad – Simplified Writing, Lite
Card Match! Card Match! by Sabi: Card match games have stood the test of time as being fun. The game tests both word recognition (matching words) as well as word understanding (matching word with a picture or color). The child builds confidence in word recognition and understanding through play. iPhone

Entertainment

BeBob's Sound Contraption Pro BeBob’s Sound Contraption Pro by Gemstone Technologies, INC.: Includes spooky sounds, cartoon sounds, robotic sounds, whacky sounds, instruments, laughs, screams, sirens, and more! Use BeBob’s Motion Warp to make fun variations of any of the sound effects just by moving your device!! The possibilities are endless! iPhone

Games

My First App Vehicles My First App Vehicles by appp media: My First App Vehicles includes three games featuring lots of vehicles (police car, truck, horse carriage, loader… ). No language skills are required. Navigate the app by selecting symbols – even preschool children can play without help. Choose from puzzle, matching, and pinball style games. iPhone and iPad

Photo & Video

Doink Express - Messaging with Photos, Animation, Drawing & Sound Doink Express – Messaging with Photos, Animation, Drawing & Sound by DK Pictures, Inc.: Doink Express is a fun, creative way to add life, interest and excitement to short messages using animations, drawings, photos and sound. There are endless ways to create unique custom messages using photos from your camera roll, your own custom art or animations, Doink art “props”, and sound. Then share your “doinks” with friends, family and the world! iPhone

App News

Beware Madame la Guillotine, A Revolutionary Tour of Paris by Time Traveler Tours, LLC: now fully bilingual (French and English) iPhone
Signing Numbers & Colors by Rosemary Sanford: updated with new graphics, more pages, and new ASL videos. Interactive Touch Books online bookstore (requires a reader app for iPhone and iPad)
Word Wizard by L’Escapadou: one of the top 500 apps as chosen by the Sunday Times iPhone and iPad
Rat Disection by Punflay: one of the top 500 apps as chosen by the Sunday Times iPad
AB Math by Nicolas Lehovetzki: now available for Android, Lite
Super Speller: Create Your Own Spelling Tests by Quiet Spark: updated with new word search puzzles, a new chalkboard theme, and support for iOS 5’s built in dictionary. iPad
Stack the States by Dan Russell-Pinson: now available for Windows XP and Windows 7

The Jellybean Tunes App Report: Volume 14

Welcome to the 14th installment of the App Report featuring family friendly apps made by the developers belonging to the Moms With Apps network. This week we have apps that focus on a number of classic learning objectives.

Early Learning: TinyGenius helps teach the names of foods, animals and more.  Magic Sorter and Merry Cubes provide puzzles for little fingers.

Literacy: ABC Phonics is back to teach about long vowels.  Fat Cat App and Where Has My Dog Gone support early reading or those that need a little extra help.  This week Oceanhouse Media and Mobad Games provide worthy reading material.

Math: MathLands teaches through puzzle solving.

Special Needs: Learn about cleaning a room with Put it Away.

On a different note, aaSsessMyVS offers a test to see if coloured overlays will improve your reading experience. Stack the Countries is now available to those with Windows Phones.  Alien Buddies, Bo’s Beditime and Feed the Monster have all received updates or new versions.  Finally, Punflay had not one, but two of its amazing apps showcased during Apple’s education event!

Click on the links to find out more about each app and to determine if it is suitable for you.  If you find an app you like, remember to write a review on iTunes.

Garry Froehlich | Jellybean Tunes

Books

Ellison The Elephant Ellison The Elephant by Oceanhouse Media: Little Ellison just wants to sound like everyone else. He tries to make a big trumpet sound like his friends and his sister, but all he gets is a little toot! With encouragement from Mom and provocation from his imaginary friend, Weasel, Ellison discovers his very own voice – a jazzy sound that charms and entertains all within earshot. Ellison’s proud mom reminds us all that it’s ok to be unusual. In fact, “All the greatest elephants in history were unusual – that’s what made them great!” iPhone and iPad Android
The Year of the Dragon in 3D - A Peek 'n Play Story App The Year of the Dragon in 3D – A Peek ‘n Play Story App by Mobad Games: 2012 is the Year of the Dragon! Dominic’s proud parents rule the sea and sky, advise the Emperor, and have high expectations for their son. Meanwhile Dom befriends the boy Bo and the other zodiac animals, who wish to paddle a boat in the village’s annual river race. But when other people and Dom’s parents disapprove, what will Dom do? iPhone and iPad Mac
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street - Dr. Seuss And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street – Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media: Marco walks to school along Mulberry Street keeping his eyes peeled for interesting sites to share with his dad. But today all he sees is a boring old horse and wagon. “That’s nothing to tell of, that won’t do, of course”. . . so Marco envisions much more exciting events, each more elaborate than the last. The horse and wagon turn into a zebra and charioteer, then to an elephant with a sleigh as Marco’s imagination goes on a wild ride down Mulberry Street. iPhone and iPad

Education

ABC Phonics Long Vowel Words Free ABC Phonics Long Vowel Words Free by Abitalk: A fun game for young children to learn and practice phonics by piloting a spaceship and shooting at planets to identify each word. PhonicsTwo is for children ready to learn the long vowel sounds. The words all have long vowel sounds. iPhone and iPad
TinyGenius Premium TinyGenius by Gilberto Fernandez: TinyGenius consists of interactive card sets with topics such as foods, animals and others. The contents of these cards include photos, illustrations, names and sounds in several languages, designed by professionals to maximize children’s learning. iPhone iPhone Lite
Fat Cat App Fat Cat App by Children’s Publishing: Fat Cat App is the first in a series of apps for early reading or remediation of reading in an engaging format. With the purchase of Fat Cat App, parents, teachers, and therapists can download a free teaching manual (supporting research and suggested activities and worksheets). Fat Cat App addresses early reading through phonemic awareness and phonics as well as providing auditory bombardment of sounds for speech students. iPad
Where Has My Dog Gone Where Has My Dog Gone by Children’s Publishing: Where Has My Dog Gone was written by a retired speech-language pathologist. This app can be used by teachers, parents and speech-language pathologists as a supplement to teach the early prepositions and the early developing sound /d/ through interactive play. The children will enjoy learning prepositions by touching a sign to activate the characters to perform actions like telling the dog on the bike to ride “up” or “down” the slide. Through repeated activation of the signs the child will learn the prepositions the same way they learn that a stop sign means the driver should stop. iPad
aaSsessMyVS aaSsessMyVS by aardwearing software limited: The purpose of aaSsessMyVS is to allow you to perform a brief test to see if coloured overlays will help improve your reading experience. If so, the sister app aaLuminate(also available in App Store) will help you. In this case, you should also consider arranging a formal test to determine whether tinted glasses/physical coloured overlays would be beneficial. iPhone
My Book Tree My Book Tree by My Book Tree, LLC: My Book Tree is an interactive app for iPad, iPhone, and iTouch devices that features original stories. Each story is presented in two modes: a “Read” mode in which the story can be read like a traditional book by turning pages (via a swipe action on the screen); and a “Listen” mode with narration. In the “Listen” mode, the words are highlighted as they are read thereby aiding in language development and reading skills. Each story comes with a fun educational game. iPad
Put It Away Put It Away by leehsueh: Cleaning a room is an essential living skill for everyone, but can be particularly difficult for children with special needs. Performing this task on the app exercises category sorting and memory, and can help build confidence in kids with autism or other developmental disabilities to complete the task in real life, which is often a challenge. iPad

Games

Little Frog And Ball Little Frog And Ball by Birds of Paradise: This app introduces our beautiful hand-drawn characters of the Little Ace. It is very simple game for younger children. Complimentary app for Little Ace And Ten Commandments. iPhone and iPad
Magic Sorter Magic Sorter by Igromatic: MAGIC SORTER – Sea Tales – 5 in 1 helps develop important cognitive and fine motor skills by dragging & dropping objects to match the silhouettes. With parental assistance it can also develop language skills, for example, by naming the objects, sea animals, shapes and colors. iPad
Merry Cubes Merry Cubes by Igromatic: Toddlers and kids from 2 to 7 will have fun with this cube matching game. Just swipe the cube and tap to rotate it and reconstruct the whole picture. Watch every matched fruit dancing as a reward and a real fruit disco as a grand prix! iPhone iPad
MathLands MathLands by Mamanijo: Kids are too often faced with math exercises that are mechanical and dull. They learn to solve small tasks without any real understanding of the underlying mathematics. MathLands was designed by game lovers and teachers to remedy this problem. In this app kids will be asked to think deeply but in the context of gameplay and puzzle-solving. iPad

App News

Stack the Countries by Freecloud Design, Inc.: now available for Windows Phone 7
Alien Buddies by Artgig Studio: updated to include a new puzzle game. iPhone and iPad
Bo’s Bedtime by Heppi: now available for iPhone
Punflay is proud to announce that Frog Dissection and Cell Structure were both showcased briefly in the Apple Keynote Presentation on Education.
Feed The Monster by Huminah Huminah Animation: now available for iPad

The Jellybean Tunes App Report: Volume 13

Welcome to the 13th installment of the App Report featuring family friendly apps from the developers that are a part of the Moms With Apps network. This week, we have a focus on literacy and learning. ABC Phonics Rhyming Sorting provides practice with recognizing words that rhyme. Compound Words Montessori helps students combine root words into compound words. Trunky Puzzles focuses on shape recognition for young children, but also includes letter recognition. Lil’ Braniac helps kids associate spoken words with pictures from a variety of subjects and age levels. Finally, practice those reading skills with some books like Goodnight Safari and learn about the ten commandments with Little Ace.

Click on the links to find out more about each app and to determine if it is suitable for you. If you find an app you like, remember to write a review on iTunes.

– Garry Froehlich | Jellybean Tunes

Books

Goodnight Safari by Polk Street Press LLC: Children are at the center of the story as they help the giraffe eat her dinner, the monkey climb to bed, and the elephant kiss goodnight. Simple vocabulary and intuitive interactivity will engage young children while building their comfort with nighttime preparations. A perfect bedtime or storytime accompaniment for young children. iPad
Little Ace and Ten Commandments by Birds of Paradise: Based on the Ten Commandments from the Bible, this book is an interactive tool for parents to help them easily and amusingly introduce biblical principles to their children. Come and explore the Ten Commandments together with Little Ace! iPad

Education

Compound Words Montessori by MontessoriTech: Montessori Compound Words makes matching root words to make compound words fun and challenging! Using a chain/step puzzle format, children (and adults!) enjoy making compound words to unlock the beautiful, original photos of real objects matching the words. iPad
ABC Phonics Rhyming Sorting by Abitalk: Phonics Rhyme Sorting is a fun app for learning to recognize rhyming words, and sort them by sound. A bee carries a heart with a word on it, and your child selects which of two flower pots has a word that rhymes. The bee then carries the heart to the flower, and if correct, a new petal is added to the flower. After each group of rhyming words is completed, the animated flower will review the words. iPad iPad Lite

Games

Trunky Puzzles by Serious Games Interactive: Kids can choose from 27 puzzles and learn how to improve motor skills and shape recognition skills. All they need to do is drag and drop the right shape in the right slot. The puzzle scenes all come from Trunky’s magical world full of goodies and fun characters! Some puzzles even practice spelling and letter recognition! iPad
Lil’ Brainiac by GetBonkers, Inc.: Lil’ Brainiac helps children of all ages learn language by stimulating their visual, auditory and tactile senses. The game board presents a range of visual images matched with audio clues. When your child hears the audio clue, they touch the corresponding picture and receive positive reinforcement as they learn. Game packs range in age and skill level; from basic shapes and colors to advanced geography. iPhone and iPad

App News

Word Book and Puzzle Box: Children Learn Phonics, Spelling and Improve Observational Skills by Anlock: updated with a new puzzle strip and better performance. iPad iPad Lite
Chasing Fireflies: A Haiku Collection by Honeybee Labs: recommended in the New York Times. iPad

The Jellybean Tunes App Report: Volume 12

Welcome to the 12th installment of the App Report featuring family friendly apps from Moms With Apps.

Help Pointy the hedgehog blend in, run a zoo with Dr. Suess or find the sleeping baby with this week’s books.

In Education, play memory matching games, learn the Russian alphabet or keep a mood journal. Learn to read with Sleepy Hollow.  Those with speech challenges can look at SpeakColorsHD and PictureAssistive.

String beads together, then model them in Games.  Learn to Eat Right with TUKU Logics.  Need a little extra incentive with doing chores?  Check out Quick Kids.

Click on the links to find out more about each app and to determine if it is suitable for you.  If you find an app you like, remember to write a review on iTunes.

– Garry Froehlich | Jellybean Tunes

Books

Pointy and Pokey Pointy and Pokey by PixelMat: Pointy, the shy and adorable hedgehog is the best friend of a naughty porcupine, Pokey. Other animals are wary of their sharp quills and stay away from them. So Pointy and Pokey decide to blend in a little more. What do they do to gain acceptance? Who helps them? iPhone iPad
If I Ran the Zoo - Dr. Seuss If I Ran the Zoo – Dr. Suess by Oceanhouse Media: Young Gerald, not impressed by the animals at the zoo, conjures up plans for “New Zoo, McGrew Zoo.” Join him on a globe-trotting safari in search of the world’s most unusual creatures (with equally unusual habits). Come along and discover a zoo like you’ve never imagined, through the eyes of Gerald McGrew and the great Dr. Seuss! iPhone and iPad Android
Sleepy Baby Sleepy Baby by Family Life Studios: Make the babies giggle, pop the balloons, fly in the sky, play in the snow, hum along with the music, make the moon glow, choose your favorite cupcake for baby to eat, play in the rain, turn on the night light, find the sleeping baby, and much more. iPad

Education

Wonkido Mood Journal Wonkido Mood Journal by Brighter Futures For Beautiful Minds: The Wonkido Mood Journal is designed to help children recognize their emotions and journal their feelings in a fun animated way. The mood journal is a mobile application for parents and teachers who recognize when a child would like to use another outlet to express their feelings. Every time a journal entry is saved, a copy of the entry is sent to the email address registered in the application. iPhone
eReading: Sleepy Hollow eReading: Sleepy Hollow by Brain Integration, LLC: eReading: Sleepy Hollow allows users to read the story, or have the story read to them and each word highlighted. Great for those who are slow readers, reluctant readers, dyslexic readers, ESL (English as a second language), and anybody else who enjoys the story of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. iPhone and iPad
PictureAssistive PictureAssistive by Benster Tan: PictureAssistive provides a means of communicating and sharing using pictures. Create visual schedules to signpost daily routine, transit more easily between activities or even to motivate to work through a less favored activity knowing a favorite activity follows. iPhone and iPad
PictureCanTalk PictureCanTalk by Benster Tan: PictureCanTalk helps individuals faced with speech challenges to communicate their needs with the use of pictures. You could use it as a PECS or AAC tool. iPhone and iPad
KIDiPLAY Match KIDiPlay Match by Ingengo LLC: KIDiPLAY Match offers a unique approach to the memory matching game: in addition to the traditional game, that develops short term visual memory, it features a sound-only memory match for auditory learners, and a game to match pictures that go together for those budding critical thinkers in the room. iPhone and iPad
KIDiLEARN Russian Alphabet KIDiLEARN Russian Alphabet by Ingengo LLC: KIDiLEARN Russian Alphabet is an introduction to Russian letters and sounds for kids and adults alike. It is intended for those who already have a basic level of conversational Russian and would like to take the first steps towards reading, especially for young children. This educational game teaches you the Russian alphabet and makes you use it! iPhone and iPad
SpeakColorsHD SpeakColorsHD by RWH Technology: SpeakColorsHD is a speech therapy app designed to help children learn how to express colors and two word phrases. SpeakColorsHD adds sentences using “the” and “is”. The app is geared toward toddlers with speech and language delays, autism, Down syndrome and other developmental disorders. iPad iPad Lite
MemMagic MemMagic by Anusen Inc: Memory Magic is a fun little game to enhance observation, focus, and memory. To play, look at a screen with multiple objects. After a short time, one object will disappear. Your goal is to find out which object is missing. iPhone and iPad Android Amazon

Games

Kids Beads Kids Beads by Bjorn Fogelberg: Kids Beads is a beading game for preschool kids, age 3-8. It’s very easy to use – simply drag and drop any of the many colorful beads to make a great looking necklace. Try out the sparkling necklace on one of the four girls. iPhone
Eat Right Eat Right by TUKU Logics LLC: It’s a game for kids and adults to learn to eat right and live well. The objective of the game is to navigate the penguin to eat fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy related products and avoid the fatty, greasy and sugary products. iPhone Android

Lifestyle

Quick Kids Quick Kids by Quick Kids: Quick Kids is designed to help children complete every day tasks quickly, eliminating the need for nagging, moaning and pleading from parents. This application links an interactive count down timer to a reward chart. Children are challenged to ‘beat the clock’; if they succeed a star is automatically added to their chart. iPhone

App News

Stack the States by Freecloud Design, Inc.: now available for Windows Phone 7.
Murky Reef : 1st – 2nd Grade Reading, Science & Math by frolyc: updated with new visuals, audio tutorial, performance reports, interactions and kid-friendly curated videos iPad iPad Lite